Doors open at 6:30 pm. Sign-up for those who wish to perform is from 6:30-6:55 pm. You must sign up by 6:55 to perform. Once the show starts we may not be able to accommodate additional performers. Bring music printed out in your key, and Kenneth will accompany you at the piano for your moment at the microphone. Comedians, poets, writers and musicians are all encouraged to perform!
Some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. After the event, we will move the party to a nearby restaurant/bar for a special 2 for 1 drink offer.
Open Mic Night is hosted by singer/pianist Kenneth Gartman.
FEATURED ENTERTAINER: SUZANNE SHERIDAN
Suzanne Sheridan - Possessing a multi-talented capacity for writing great songs and covering great songs, Suzanne Sheridan has amassed a wide fan base from Australia to Canada to the USA.
Suzanne is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, professional portrait photographer and long-time resident of Westport, CT.
Her first jingle as a singer was “Join the Pepsi People" for Pepsi Cola Company, which won the coveted Clio Award. She also sang on many jingles for companies such as Hasbro Toys' "Weebles," Hardees, and Texaco.
In New York City, she played at Gerties Folk City, The Bitter End, and Reno Sweeny’s. She also wrote music for the PBS children’s show “THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.”
Along with songwriter Lee Kweller, Suzanne wrote “The Power’s in You” which won an Honorable Mention in the gospel category at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Suzanne starred in a sold-out rock 'n roll concert, "SHE'S A REBEL, FEARLESSLY GOING WHERE NO WOMAN HAS GONE BEFORE," covering male-dominated rock 'n roll songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's sung from a woman's perspective. She revived this show in 2018 at New Haven Pride with her rock ‘n roll band, The One Night Stand Band.
She co-wrote along with her wife Rozanne Gates, the country cult hit, “90 Pound Suburban Housewife Driving in Her SUV.”
Suzanne has also written for and performed as part of the group "Exit 43," a Unitarian-gospel, three-part harmony, guitar-driven, musical powerhouse. In 2009, the group recorded its first CD, “Home at Last." Exit 43 performed at The Buttonwood Tree in 2010.
Suzanne has traveled throughout the Northeast, Canada (three times) and Australia performing her Tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. She performed a concert of the Mitchell/Cohen music at Voices Café in Westport, CT and this live recording, “Suzanne Sheridan Sings the Music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen,” is now available at CDBaby.com and on her website, http://www.suzannesheridanmusic.com. This concert was presented at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven in 2014 as a benefit for the ACLU’s campaign for Marriage Equality. When Marriage Equality became the law of the land under President Obama, Suzanne and her wife had much to celebrate. The fight for marriage equality in the State of Connecticut practically began at the Unitarian Church in Westport with the support of its then associate minister, Rev. Barbara Fast.
Suzanne produced five seasons of music at the Westport Historical Society called “Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s” which was extremely popular among folk audiences. Suzanne’s tribute concerts to Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and James Taylor went on to have great success in many other venues.
Her other recordings include the latest compilation of 20 of her original songs entitled “Standing Ovation” and is available through CDbaby.com. Her music website is www.suzannesheridanmusic.com; her photography website is www.suzannesheridan.com.
Kenneth Gartman (Host/Pianist) – Theatre: Singin' in the Rain (Summer Theatre of New Canaan); The White City (NMTC 2014); Broadcast (NMTC 2013); Inner Voices III: Arlington (Off-Broadway); Bryan Putnam’s The ToyMaker (Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference NMTC 2012); Zapata! The Musical (NYMF2012) and subsequent cast recording; Once Removed, a new musical with music by Graham Russell of Air Supply; Show Choir! the Musical (NYMF2010); The ToyMaker (NYMF2009) and subsequent cast recording; Trouble in Shameland (FringeNYC) and subsequent cast recording. Cabaret/Concerts: Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour, Joshing Around, Unity Benefit Concerts, Concerts for City Greens, Cabaret Cares, The Salon Open Mic(Host/Co-Host), A Ballsy Christmas Open Mic (Host). Singer/Performer: 3 Decades in the Dark: Raissa & Kenneth Go to the Movies; Kenneth Gartman…Not Like the Other Cavemen (cabaret debut); National Tour of The Music Man; Side by Side by Sondheim; Simply Sondheim LIVE! (BBC Broadcast); and A New York Songbook: Way Off Broadway. For more information, visit www.KennethGartman.com
Norwalk, CT 06851