OpenStage was initiated in 2002 by MGS member Dennis Burns to give guitarists of all styles and abilities the opportunity to experience the joy of playing for one another. We focus on acoustic guitar of all styles, especially finger-style and classical. We're always happy, however, when someone comes to share a different style or brings along friends with other instruments as long as guitar is the featured instrument. Our focus is on having fun, enjoying the music, as well as helping one another to grow more comfortable performing. We're also always very happy to have folks come to listen as an enthusiastic and supportive audience. We hope you'll join us!
What to Expect
Sign-ups begin about 15 minutes before the official start time. Performers sign up and perform in a first come-first-served order. Each player is asked to limit their performance to 15 minutes or less, or more typically to share 2-4 tunes, depending on length.
At the start time, the host will welcome everyone, make relavant announcements, and may often play a piece or two. Each performer is then called up to perform in the order on the sign-up sheet. When you're called up to play, please introduce yourself and let folks know what you'll be playing. Don't hesitate to let the host know if you need any help getting set up with foot stools, music stands, mics, cables, etc.
Time permitting, anyone who wants is welcome to return to the stage for a second go, once everyone on the sign-up has had a chance to play. Folks will often hang out and socialize after the performances are over, sharing thoughts, swapping music, and generally being guitar geeks.
Schedule (All meetings are on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.)
- Sunday, October 13th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, November 10th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, December 8th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, January 12th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, February 9th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, March 9th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, April 13th, 2-4pm
- Sunday, May 11th, 2-4pm
OpenStage is hosted at the Coffee Grounds in Falcon Heights, about 10 minutes from either Minneapolis or St. Paul downtown. Their address is:
The Coffee Grounds
1579 Hamline Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108
They’re really easy to get to from Highways 35E/W, 94, or 36!
Sign me up!
If you'd like monthly e-mail reminders and notices of special OpenStage events, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be put on the OpenStage mailing list. We also post our schedule on the MGS Calendar at http://www.mnguitar.org/calendar/.
OpenStage was begun as a way for folks to gain experience and grow more comfortable playing for one another. Regardless of experience and technical ability, it's common for performers to experience increased adrenaline, nervous energy, and/or symptoms of performance anxiety when playing in public. One of our key goals is to help people develop their own personal strategies to channel this energy into more fun and confident playing. Here are a few links to online resources that might help.
- UW-Eau-Claire Coping with Music Anxiety Page
The UW Eau-Claire counselling service has put together a nice page that deals with some of the thought patterns that can lead to anxiety, it also includes a list of books and other websites.
- "Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety":
Guitarist David Leisner shares his "Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety".
- Performance Anxiety (pdf).
MGS Member Daniel Sturm wrote a great article about performance anxiety in the May/June 2009 issue of the Guitarist.newsletter.