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Graces Downfall singer hosts open mic series to find new artists in Scranton starting Jan. 17

Graces Downfall singer hosts open mic series to find new artists in Scranton starting Jan. 17
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From a press release:

Meat and Potato Entertainment, which produces the Electric City Music Conference, the Screaming Infidelities Emo Night, and manages several bands and solo artists, will present a new open mic series in downtown Scranton starting on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Levels Bar & Grill (519 Linden St., Scranton) will host the three-week open mic series that will be run by singer Ken Norton of Scranton grunge rock band Graces Downfall. Organizers hope that the event will allow artists to garner additional opportunities in the room.

Levels currently books bands multiple times a month, while Meat and Potato also promotes national concerts in the room, including a show with former Volumes singer Michael Barr announced last week. Both parties hope that the event will attract artists and provide them with the ability to perform in front of a live audience, try out new material, and possibly book a gig of their own. In addition, representatives from the Electric City Music Conference will be on hand and hope to find participants to invite to perform at their 2018 event.

All forms of performance art are welcome. Solo, acoustic, and electric musicians are encouraged to attend with both original and cover material. Full bands, comedians, poets, and spoken word artists are also welcome. Organizers will provide the sound system, microphones, a drum kit, and guitar cabinet.

The events are free and open to the public. Open mic nights are currently scheduled for Jan. 17, 24, and 31. Signups will begin at 7 p.m., and the event will end around 11 p.m. Norton will provide acoustic music and cover hosting duties.

Listen to ECMC and Meat and Potato founders Joe Caviston and Norton talk about the conference, booking artists, and more in Episode 26 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo of Ken Norton by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene