When I first heard about the 5th Friday Open Mic from Mark Simnitt (singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Fossil Fools), I was amazed. I would love to see these happen elsewhere in the Church. If any of you would like to see something like this in your own stake, read on. Any successes should immediately be reported back to us. Rock on! – Syphax
My mid-life crisis took me by surprise when it hit seven years ago. I was happily married and serving in a bishopric, so the last thing I expected was to wake up one day and feel like there was something missing from my life. I got a personal trainer and ran a marathon which helped a little. I leased a Jaguar, which really didn’t help at all. Then I started guitar lessons and miraculously, the hole in my life started to fill in. Music, it seemed, was the answer. Continue reading “Open mic at your stake center?”
Portland is blossoming like a rose with LDS talent. It takes a special place to be able to support great LDS artists like Lindsey Pool, Canoe, KaRyn Daley, and the very retro and impeccably stylish Fossil Fools, and one need look no further than the 5th Friday Open Mic to see that Portland isn’t your ordinary LDS community. Mark Simnitt is responsible for both Fossil Fools and the 5th Friday Open Mic, but don’t worry- just because he’s smarter and more talented than everyone doesn’t mean he’s not humble, because he is. He said so himself.
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I just received word about an amazing show going down that I’m incredibly excited about. It’s called The 5th Friday Open Mic. Started three years ago at a stake center in Portland, it’s an open mic for Latter-day Saints in the Portland area to play secular, but wholesome, music. I was floored! How did I find out about this show, you might ask? Well, I ran into its creator, Mark Simnitt (of the Fossil Fools), at my sister’s sealing in the Portland Temple. Another great reason to attend the temple!
Videos are available on YouTube and from the site. It’s a great time for musicians and listeners, and the word is, they’ve been getting around 100 people on some nights, including local performer and Linescratcher KaRyn Daley. Check it out! There’s a gold mine of good new LDS music in Portland!
Find out more at www.5thfridayopenmic.com.
And here’s KaRyn, by the way: