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Open Mic Night at Cafe Paradiso

Wednesday Event Showcases Music, Poetry, Comedy and More!

by Keith DeBoer

phoenix jordan, sharon bousquet
Phoenix Jordan and Sharon Bousquet delight the audience at a recent Cafe Paradiso Open Mic show.

There's something buzzing in town, but it's not the bees of an early spring. Wednesday Night Open Mic at Cafe Paradiso is the new, must-see live show that has been delighting near-packed houses since early January. It's the revival of a weekly event held for several years at Café Paradiso's former location and which served as a central gathering place for Fairfield's thriving music community.

Often showcasing local singer-songwriters, Open Mic has also hosted a 14-year-old songstress from Brighton, a 70-year-old published poet, Baroque chants, a capella torch songs, classical guitar, belly dancing, improv comedy, magic, and more.

"We never know who is going to step on stage next, or what they are going to do," commented one audience member. "It's a total entertainment adventure." According to Tim Britton, "It's a diverse and intimate conversation between artists and their community; a modern extension of an ancient tradition where villagers gather to entertain each other and courageously share their creativity."

folibah, cafe paradiso open mic
Folibah at Open Mic

Meanwhile, attendees get a close-up look at the creative process while artists try out new material, push their creative boundaries, and hone their skills in front of a live audience.

Each week is highlighted by a featured artist who closes out the show with a 30-minute set. Upcoming features include Wisconsin storyteller Tracy Chipman, professional songwriter Robert Reeder, improvisational wizard Paul Stockstad, nouveau folk artist Josie Overmyer, rock and roller Frank Cenatori, and Latin R&B crooner Paul Garrido.

michael husky
Michael Husky

Performers sign up before the event on a first-come, first-serve basis, and available slots are often filled by 7:45 p.m. Each performance is limited to two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free. High-quality audio and stage production are provided by expert sound engineer Tim Britton, while yours truly, Keith DeBoer, serves as the Master of Ceremonies and event organizer.

Special thanks to Steve and Meret Giacomini for providing the venue. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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