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Grass Roots Under 30's Open Mic

Grass Roots Songwriting and Performance Workshop

An afternoon of interactive seminars supporting the artists’ approaches to songwriting and offering tips for performance delivery.
This workshop facilitated by Grass Roots founder and judge Ben Ceccato, Co-judge Bonnie Owen, Grass Roots alumni Jorja Dalton and local performer Shari Blumer.

While not a pre-requisite to enter the competition, the workshop aims to support emerging musicians in their journey to the stage for the Open Mic competition on Sunday 31st July. Artists are encouraged to bring their instruments and even their own original works to be developed during the session, to build the skills and confidence to perform on stage.

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Workshop Details

Sunday 3 July 11am - 3pm
Tickets: $20 per person including lunch
Venue: Burley Griffin Room at Griffith Regional Theatre

The Grass Roots Under 30s Open Mic comp is back - bigger and better for 2022!

The judges are very keen to see who steps onto the stage this year after some amazing performers in 2021 including Arora Kiddle, Missi J, Zoe Yalouris, Charlie Jones, Jorja Dalton, metal band Alpha Cult and winners MOTO, a jazz fusion ensemble from Wagga. Open to all music genres and styles, solo artists, bands, producers and djs - limited spots, register now to avoid missing out!

Perform at the Open Mic for a chance to win one of three fantastic prizes:

  • The Best Original Song winner get their music produced with a recording session at The CAD Factory, including a mixed and mastered finished song, valued at $800.
  • The ADITO Award winner will open at A Day in the Orchard (ADITO) festival on Sunday 9 October, and get paid $500 for their ADITO performance.
  • The Judges’ Choice winner will receive a ticket to the Sound Workshop with Hilary Geddes and Niki Johnson, as part of the Speaking Place workshops by ADITO at Piccolo Family Farm on Saturday 8th October.
  • All Grass Roots Open Mic participants will receive a ticket to A Day in the Orchard festival at Piccolo Family Farm.

Contestants will be given 10 - 15 minutes each on stage, about 2 or 3 songs, and can perform covers or original music.
The competition will again be judged by local musician Ben Ceccato and A Day in the Orchard music festival directors Luke Piccolo and Bonnie Owen.

Entries close Monday 25 July

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Event Details

Sunday 31 July 2pm

Want to be in the audience? The general public, as well as friends and families of the performers, are welcome to purchase a ticket to see the open mic event for only $10 each.The music will be live and loud, and the bar will be open for refreshments. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Friday 8 July and can be purchased online or at the door.

Grass Roots is presented by Griffith Regional Theatre. Supported by Piccolo Family Farm through A Day in the Orchard Music Festival, Western Riverina Arts and The Cad Factory.

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