My Sister’s Room goes live with open mic battle

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Grab your mic, two favorite tracks and steady yourself for a chance at winning some cash, a performance slot at Atlanta Pride and coaching from one-half of lesbian fave Halcyon when My Sister’s Room debuts its new Open Mic Night.

That happens Thursday when Halcyon’s Steph Callahan (photo) hosts the new event, which will unfold over six nights of competition before the July 11 finale. Each night, crowd applause and a panel of judges will help pick a winner, who will compete in the finale for $500 and a performance during Pride in October.

“Steph Callahan wanted to mentor a night to discover new talent in terms of singer-song writers, live bands and rap artists,” says MSR co-owner Jennifer Maguire. “We want to discover the next new talent by getting them in front of our live audience.”

But to be clear, this competition is not for late-night karaoke wannabes. Serious artists only, please.

“This is geared towards artists with real talent who need a break in the Atlanta scene with exposure to work with Steph, a seasoned artist, and My Sister’s Room to get them to the next level and teach them the ins and outs of marketing and getting bookings at venues,” Maguire says.

Here’s how it works: Register on competition nights by 9 p.m. (April 25; May 2, 16, 30; June 13, 27; July 11), bring two tracks or your band, and be ready to be judged. Win that night and you grab a spot in the finale.

“It will be based on crowd applause and judged by talent in terms of singing, rapping and writing music. Also by stage presence and interaction with the crowd. We provide the sound and mics during the night,” Maguire says.

Callahan knows a few things about working a crowd at My Sister’s Room. She and Halcyon mate Deb Hunseder rocked the place in October and last February. They return for a performance on May 4.

And watch those cigarettes. The bar restricts smokers to a handful of areas on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Photo by Eric Huminski

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