Will 2020 be YOUR year to FINALLY do something with your original material?
The Nighttime Café’s listening room (the Artist Café) is centered around Songwriters (though we do also embrace other art forms from time-to-time)
Our inclusive, warm environment allows songwriters to showcase their talents
full bar, draft & bottled beer & nice wine selection
ALL PARTICIPANTS may sign up by contacting us by email:
OPEN MIC Songwriter Night is EVERY WEDNESDAY (unless otherwise posted on our EVENT Calendar page): CLICK HERE to confirm that the Wednesday of your choice has not been preempted by another event). Email us through our contact form here on the website or TEXT your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS & DATE OF CHOICE to:
(615) 594-7639 OR
CLICK HERE to sign up for a WEDNESDAY OPEN Mic Night
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
PERFORM ON AT LEAST TWO OPEN MIC NIGHTS
OPEN MIC Songwriter Night
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 7 – 9 PM
If you are new to the Nighttime Café format this is the perfect platform to showcase your talents. From here you’ll be eligible for future “Songwriter Showcase” nights.
Up to 3 musicians can play together but only one songwriter is considered as the featured performer in order for the Panel to effectively understand who/what they are listening to – NO backing tracks or drums permitted.
Mic, mic stand, small mixer, PA available. No instruments provided at this time but basic 61-key, MIDI controller keyboard (DAW compatible) and/or acoustic guitar can be made available. It is recommended that you confirm your needs (with staff) well in advance rather than arriving unprepared.
To Sign Up CLICK HERE
IN-THE-ROUND TYPE ENVIRONMENT
THURSDAY NIGHTS 7 – 9 PM
This is your platform to really shine. Surrounded by other talented songwriters, you’ll have a 2-3 song spot to showcase your original songs. Fellow songwriters encircle you and both emotionally and musically support you.
(You must play at least TWO OPEN MIC Nights to be eligible, though playing TWO OPEN MIC Nights does not guarantee a future Songwriter Showcase Spot – Songwriters are “invited” by our Panel. To ensure a smooth performance, this spot may also require a rehearsal session with supporting musicians prior to your booking. Café rehearsal possible but it is preferred that musicians meet off premises to work out arrangements. SHOWCASES begin March 2020 – stay tuned for more information
This platform is typically a plugged-in show and reserved for performers who are in bands and are chosen from our queue of songwriters, as well as an occasional national touring artist or celebrity guest. To qualify, your act must have an established following. This is a one-hour to two-hour set designed to feature the best-of-the-best.
Up to 5 musicians per set
(small drum kit okay)
These are paid performances and require agreed-upon cover charges
CLICK HERE to go to sign up for a WEDNESDAY OPEN Mic Night
JOIN OUR PANEL
To be considered for our Selection PANEL, you’ll need to meet our minimum requirements. The number one prerequisite is that you are a seasoned songwriter/performer OR producer/sound engineer.
Becoming a PANEL member does not obligate you to participate at EVERY event but you will be required to commit to a schedule.
Occasionally, we’ll have a celebrity PANEL member and you may get bumped but you’ll be notified in advance.
CLICK HERE to be taken to our CONTACT Form where you may inquire about available spots
LEARN FROM THE PROS
Whether you are a newbie to songwriting or a seasoned pro, the one thing you’ll learn (if you don’t already know it) is that if you’re not growing as a writer…your future as a songwriter will be in jeopardy and you’re at risk of becoming irrelevant.
If you glean one little thing from these opportunities that makes you a better writer, it’s priceless in the scheme of things.
One of the reasons we’ve asked you to begin by becoming a member of our Songwriter’s group on Facebook is to keep you in the loop about just such opportunities. Let’s grow together.
OTHER Important Info
for you & your guests
NO guest lists allowed (except for SOLO SONGWRITER SHOWCASES)
Only the SOLO SONGWRITER SHOWCASES are paid performances
PERFORMERS will have access to our GREEN ROOM, where we provide refreshments & non-alcoholic beverages. NO alcohol will be provided without charge. Guests are not permitted in GREEN ROOM without management permission.
ALL booked, performing songwriters may offer CDs and merch for sale at their performances
OPEN MIC & SONGWRITER SHOWCASES are considered “unplugged” but mics, digital piano and/or lightly amplified acoustic guitar permitted.
Upscale Night Bar Menu available until 10pm
full bar, draft & bottled beer
& nice wine selection
people are talking!
What People are Saying
“I love this place!”
“FINALLY a place in Burlington to go hear original music.“
“Sure to become a Burlington fave!”
“So refreshing to have an option for the community to be able to hear the offerings of local musical talent. Burlington has needed this for a long time.”
“Transforming Downtown Burlington”
“This is set to be a gamechanger for Downtown Burlington!“
“I am so excited about this!”
“There is so much talent in every little corner of North Carolina, let alone Alamance County and Burlington. This is exciting!”
Hours of Operation
CHECK OUR CALENDAR
for Events & Hours of Operation
BEGINNING JANUARY 2020
Regular Songwriter Nights & Events
NIGHT MENU available
PRIVATE & SPECIAL EVENTS
We OPEN on ANY day of the week for pre-booked parties & special events
Drop Us a Line
Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!