Open mic session returns to Nanango
THE monthly open mic jam session at Nanango's Palace Hotel returns this Sunday after taking a month off.
Nanango cover band Mr Q runs the sessions, providing equipment and instruments for the region's musicians.
Band member Tony Cisneros said he had been receiving messages asking when the next open mic session was.
"We missed the February one, as we did one on Australia Day,” he said.
"We went a whole month without it and so I got quite a few messages asking when the next one is.
"People kept telling me they were keen to get back into it.”
Mr Cisneros said there was something in it for everyone.
"It's great, people love it as it's more of a social engagement,” he said.
"There are a lot of supporters of the music, but it is also a community event to get to catch up with other friends, whether through performing or listening to music.
"We have a bit of country rock, blues, little bit of folk, acoustic style as well, practically every genre.
"We even had people get up and do poetry before as well.”
Mr Cisneros said the youngest performer they had was about eight years old.
"He came up and sang a bit with his mum,” he said.
"That was a long time ago.
"He stood there while his mum sang a couple of songs, then I jokingly put a mic down to him, he sung and was a bit embarrassed.”
He said the session was a good way for people to kick back and relax after the Wine and Food Festival on Sunday.
"Just in general, there is something really special about Sunday sessions,” he said.
"It's quite a Queensland tradition.
"It's a fun thing to have live music in a beer garden on a fun, Sunday afternoon.”
Mr Cisneros said if people needed to borrow musical equipment, they had a selection of guitars and drums available at the session.
"Some people forget things, maybe worried about bringing really good expensive equipment to the jam sessions.
"If you don't want to bring your own, just leave it at home and use mine.
"Everyone is respectful to the equipment. No one would get up and play if they didn't know how to.”
The open mic jam session will kick off on at 2pm Sunday at the Palace Hotel, 77 Drayton St, Nanango. For more information, phone Tony on 0439077681.