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So you really do have a good chance of listening to someone you’ll love.At a recent show, my group listened to chill songstress and Black Fret 2017 major grant winner Sarah Sharp in the first room.
Microsessions’ tagline, “speed dating for live music,” refers to the way participants experience events.“I book the showcases in a number of ways, but the process is sort of like the format itself: I set a few basic rules and let it run wherever from there.For each one, I look for two more established acts and two up-and-coming ‘discovery’ acts.Sharp kept us entertained with personal stories and songs.Next up was Arielle Laguette, a honey-throated singer who swayed us with her jazzy folk/pop.Schomer compensates his artists well and emphasizes the undivided attention artists receive at such a focused, intimate affair.
He also encourages them to bring albums and merchandise to the shows, sign up audience members to their mailing lists, and get the word out about upcoming appearances.
From there, we entered up-and-comer Eric Burton’s lair, where he wooed the audience with heartfelt soul. Adam Ahrens & Bradley Jaye Williams played our fourth microsession of the night.
He won the room over completely by injecting improvised lyrics about the audience into his songs. The duo brought out a fascinating array of stringed instruments, including guitars, ukulele, and even a Puerto Rican cuatro.
“It’s also a matter of listening–to the radio (I’m a huge KOOP and KUTX listener), and to recommendations from friends and Microsessions vets (often the same people!
).” Musicians appreciate playing Microsessions for a number of reasons.
Schomer left the event inspired, and soon visualized the round-robin-style show that became Microsessions in 2016.