Often, I hear artists complaining that the talent show was not what they expected or that there weren’t enough people there. My response is: “What did you expect to happen from the talent show and how many people did you invite to see you perform?” The artist’s answer has become fairly repetitive. Normally, they say they weren’t sure what to expect from the talent show and that they didn’t invite anyone to see them perform. Well perhaps the music showcase is not what they expected because they didn’t know what to expect. More importantly, they didn’t have clearly identifiable written goals that would allow them to measure the success of the talent show. For instance, one goal would be to distribute flyers to everyone in attendance, while another would be to get as many email addresses as possible.
Many artists don’t take every performance serious enough. While you should have fun as you perform in any music showcase, also know that if you want to play in the major leagues it is best to perform as such. You get out of a music showcase what you put into it.
Artists should know that the music showcase may not start on time, the sound may be messed up, there may be disorganization and others may not be extremely professional. Knowing this you may mentally prepare to positively deal with whatever comes your way. This will set you apart from other performers and help present you as the professional that you are.
Sometimes the music showcase will go on without any problems, but this is rare and shouldn’t be expected. Never complain about the stage, the lighting, the sound and so forth while at the talent show. Simply do what it takes to correct them and if you can’t- entertain your audience and perform. Remember your audience understands if something is not right, but what they don’t want to hear is an artist on stage complaining. If you have to perform without music do so! Make a joke, get the crowd involved and perform. If your mic cuts off in the middle of your performance, keep going, it probably will come back on. Remember you are not just a singer, rapper or musician you are an entertainer, that is your job that you seek to make a career treat it as such or face the pit of failure.
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Atlanta Music Showcase & Talent Show Schedule
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Apache Cafe, 64 Third St., Atlanta
Throwback Sundays - Open Mic Contest
4847 Old National Hwy, College Park, GA 30337
Cafe 290, 290 Hilderbrand, Atlanta
Open Mic Mondays
Club Miami, 3011 Buford Hwy., Atlanta
Open Mic Mondays
Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough Rd., Decatur, GA 30030
Rip Tha Stage, Django's, 495 Peachtree St., Atlanta
Scores, 2425 Wesley Chapel Rd., Atlanta
Open-Mic Performance Battle
Apache Cafe, 64 3rd St. NW, Atlanta, 30308
Open Mic/Jam Session
The Park Bench (Buckhead), 256 E. Paces Ferry Rd. , Atlanta, 30305
Open Mic Poetry
Javalogy, 466 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, 30312
R&B Tuesday Night Atlanta Music Showcase
483 Edgewood, Atlanta, GA 30303
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Songwriters Open Mic
Urban Grind, 962 Marietta St.
True Talent Tuesday's
A-Town East, 3711 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30032
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The Open Hustle Showcase
Doors open 9:30pm - 2:30am
$10 to perform
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Flow & Hustle
Club Seduction, 1234 Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30032
(behind the auto Zone)
Cafe Red Train, 1033 Franklin Rd., Marietta
Open Mic Wednesday
Club Studio 7, 2930 Ember Dr., Decatur, GA 30034
Open Mic Nite
Runaround Sue's, 1397 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060
Dugans, 5922 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
The Red Shoe Restaurant, 2891 East Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur, 30030
Restaurant Number 404-377-5656
Wild Out Wednesdays - Open Mic Night
Black Lion Cafe, 253 Auburn Ave, Atlanta
1115 Powder Springs Rd. (Old Spikes Grill), Marietta, 30008
6013 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Cocktails & Soul Showcase
Forest Blu, 5394 Old Dixie Hwy., 30327
Down & Dirty Open Mic & Producer Battle
The Backroom, 2375 Delk Rd., Marietta, GA
Earz 2 Da Streetz - Open Mic Thursdays
1179 S., Harriston Rd., Stone Mountain, GA
Gates Sports Bar, 6510 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, GA
Open Mic (Every Other Thursday)
222 East Howard Ave, Atlanta, Georgia
404-370-1990 ask for Sonia Leigh
Open Mic Poetry
Urban Grind, 962 Marietta St., Atlanta
3875 Green Industrial Way, Chamblee, 30341
Fresh 2 Death Music Showcase
3816 Stone Rd., (Off Fairburn Rd., SW)
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Atlanta Music Showcase
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First (1ST) Sunday of Every Month
Next Level/Midsouth, 706 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville, 30045
3:00PM - 8:00PM
First (1St) Saturday of Every Month
Hood Hard TV - Live Performance Tapping for TV
860 Hank Aaron Dr., Atlanta, GA 30315
Green Light Open Mic
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