October Stage Left Open Mic Features Merv Collins

Merv Collins, fingerstyle guitarist
Merv Collins, fingerstyle guitarist

Our September Stage Left Open Mic features Merv Collins, Friday, October 13, 2023, 7:00 pm / CDT (doors open at 6:30 pm).

Save the date, Friday, October 13! Please join us at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, on the historic Woodstock Square. Returning to Friday evenings brought back our great crowds along with wonderful music.

These monthly events offer a delightful evening of music and friendship. We hope to see you — performing or enjoying the performances.

October Stage Left Open Mic Features Merv Collins

Merv Collins is a Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitarist. He’s been playing guitar since the ’60s and is deeply into the world of fingerstyle guitar. In addition, he dabbles with slide (lap) and guitar synthesis. Currently, he has three CDs of original material released. His most recent album titled “Fingers & Strings” came out on March 11, 2011 to go with his two previously released CDs, “Bits & Pieces,” released in 2006, and “True to the Music,” which came out in 2008. He is quite proud of all these CDs!

Merv performed around the wider Chicago area since moving here from the Detroit area back in 2005. Always on the lookout for new performance venues, he’d like to hear from you if you know of any good spots. I also enjoys getting involved in jam sessions with other musicians he meets and considers himself a “lead guitarist” by nature.

Find out more about Merv Collins

Don’t miss Merv Collins, Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, Friday, September 8, 2023, 7:00 pm / CDT (doors open at 6:30 pm).

Enjoy a music sample

Merv Collins - Open Mic at Stage Left - July 13, 2022

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

Stage Left Open Mics get better and better since we came back to Friday evenings. Spots fill quickly, so sign up early — two songs or ten minutes, whichever comes first.

If you’d like to perform and haven’t already completed your one-time informational form, please visit this page (or use the button below). 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 Fridays of every month.

These Open Mics, brought to you by Off Square Music, are monthly events on 2nd Fridays 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 Music requests a $5.00/pp suggested 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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