Jim Green | Stage Left Open Mic | May 11, 2022 | Hybrid

Jim Green, "One of the best independent artists in the Midwest" ~ Editors - Billboard Magazine
Jim Green, "One of the best independent artists in the Midwest" ~ Editors - Billboard Magazine

Jim Green is the featured performer for our next Stage Left Open Mic, May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm/CST (doors open 6:30 pm). Please join us at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, on the historic Woodstock Square.

Our Stage Left Open Mics are now Hybrid Events so you can enjoy us from home if you can’t get into the Square. Either way, these monthly events offer a delightful evening of music and friendship. We hope to see you — performing or enjoying the performances.

About Jim Green

Jim Green transcends popular genres by creating fiery percussive driven solo finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals in a fresh and compelling way. He utilizes unusual guitar tunings while incorporating percussive rhythms, harmonics, and finger-tapping with a piano-like approach that is both musically and visually stimulating.

Green’s driving perfectionism to his music brought him from an unknown street musician to gaining the attention of the Editors at Billboard Magazine who named him “One of the best independent artists in the Midwest.” In 2004, he won the Guitar Idol Championship.

Jim has opened shows for popular artists such as America, Lucas Nelson, Ann Wilson (Heart), Pat Benatar, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Poi Dog Pondering, Johnny Rivers, Muriel Anderson and Dire Straits Legacy to name a few. His latest and seventh recording True North, received rave reviews and airplay on over 180 radio stations across the US and Canada including NPR’s Echoes program.

Although Jim Green has gained much interest for his unusual percussive playing style, he considers himself a songwriter first, a guitarist second. “My songs are the musical result of self-discovery and the sonic exploration of the guitar. The techniques are not meant to be seen as tricks but instead, to be heard as an expression of emotional tone.”

Jim Green — What people say

“…interesting guitar work, I like his voice, it works!” ~ Richard Milne – 93XRT Chicago’s Finest Rock

“One of the best independent artists in the Midwest” ~ Editors – Billboard Magazine

“Green proves himself an abundantly gifted and capable musician.” ~ The IL Entertainer

“Green’s show was a musical and visual treat for the audience” ~ Eric Schelkoph – The Kane County Chronicle

“Jim Green is making some of the most interesting and innovative acoustic music in Chicago.” ~ Mike O’Cull – ChicagoGigs.com

“Jim Green prostrates himself over his acoustic guitar with the same fervor some people reserve solely for chocolate cake.” ~ OneKindOfRadio.com

“He is a man with a mission, living his dreams to the fullest. He should write a book, because his music speaks volumes. Highly recommended.” ~ R.J. Lannon Zone Music Reporter

Want to know more?

For those of you who may not have heard Jim Green play before, you are in for a treat! Plus he’s a really interesting person as you’ll see if you have a chance to browse his website and other online venues:

Want to perform? Sign up now – here’s how:

Spaces at these Open Mics always fill quickly. If you haven’t already, please visit this page (or use the button below) to complete a one-time informational form. Once you submit the form, then return to that page any time to request a performance spot in any of our venues.

You can also contact the event organizer directly, for Stage Left Open Mics, Keith Johnson, keith@offsquaremusic.org.

What is the Stage Left Open Mic?

Off Square Music Stage Left Open Mics. Same great event, new day of the week - 2nd Wednesdays of every month.
Off Square Music Stage Left Open Mics. Same great event, new day of the week – 2nd Wednesdays of every month.

These Open Mics, brought to you by Off Square Music, are monthly events on 2nd Wednesdays in Woodstock. Performers — musicians, singers, poets, and others — come together to connect with a live audience in a wonderful, family-friendly environment.

Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, our audience provides a supportive atmosphere. Stage Left, part of the Woodstock Opera House, adds to that ambiance with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Off Square requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including these Stage Left Open Mic nights.

Important note to all performers and attendees

Masks are currently optional, and we do not require proof of vaccination. Please be thoughtful of your neighbors.

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Bookmark and return to this page for updates — and after the event, performer’ lists, pictures from the event, selected music, and comments. It’s a great way to “re-enjoy” some wonderful music.

Want to Know More?

The best way to know what’s going on in local music is to visit the Off Square Music website Calendar regularly. Here are other ways to keep up with us:

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