In the past, I was always reluctant to do open mics because I believed that people wouldn’t take me seriously up on the stage. That open mics were for “amatuers” or something… Well, I’ve learned something. That’s not the case. There were some MIND BLOWING TALENTS that night as has always been the case in my visits to Lestat’s. People who were hilarious, inspiring, magical, and so many other awesome words I could use to FAIL at accurately describing their sounds. These performances showed me that the size of a stage doesn’t matter; it’s the way that you carry yourself on that stage and the passion that comes through in your performance that matters.
Hopefully, my performance had a little passion to it. haha This night, I was an alternate (which means that I’d only get to play if someone with a set time dropped out or the sets were going ahead of schedule) because I was drawn late in the drawing to choose a performance time. While I was a bit discouraged by this, I stayed at the venue hoping that I’d get a chance to touch that stage. The performances started at 7pm and I still hadn’t had a chance to play by 8:30. It was getting a bit late for me, so I decided to tell my group that we could go. We hung on a bit longer, until 9pm, and then finally got up and started leaving. As we started our departure, Chad Taggart, the open mic’s host, asked “Is one of you Tommy Maverick?” to which I responded, “Yeah, that’s me.” Chad gave me some good news, “We’re getting you on after the next person, so DON’T LEAVE!” and so we all went back to our seats.
I was so nervous when I went up there… I was actually shaking in my body and in my voice for a bit, but I was handling the nerves way better than I did the first time I performed there. I performed my cover of “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill and an acoustic version of an original song that I wrote for the EDM project that I’m currently working on called “The One”. I’ll upload the video and post it here soon. To be honest, I didn’t like how I performed the cover, but the acoustic version of “The One” was pretty intense. When I came off the stage, I got a lot of props and heard people saying stuff in the audience like “Holy SHIT” and “Captivating performance.”
I’ll be doing an open mic or some kind of recorded performance every week through the end of the year. Most of the shows will be here in San Diego, but there will be a few in Orange County and Los Angeles toward the end. I hope to see some of you there :) If you’re interested, like my page on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter to get the dates and info!