Open mic night comes to Spoon for summer series

By Dwight Collins | Jun 16, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins Spoon will hold its first open mic night June 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. Wyatt McLean is scheduled to be the guest performer from 7 to 7:30 p.m. followed by other local artist.

Camden — A local business has joined forces with a local promoter wanting to give those with musical talent, but no venue to showcase it in, access to a stage and an open mic.

Spoon on Bayview Street will hold its first open mic night June 21 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Camden musician Wyatt McLean will be the inaugural special guest, according to John Orlando, owner of Grand Banks Events and Entertainment. He noted the events aim to focus on young singer-songwriters that live in the Midcoast area.

“We have a great example in local talent in Wyatt [McLean] and the folks at Spoon are gracious enough to allow them all a place to show their talents,” Orlando said. “We hope that this is the beginning of a great relationship that will bring family entertainment to the downtown.”

McLean will take the stage from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by other local artists.

“This is an all-ages event, which you don't normally see during an open mic night,” Orlando said. “It's frozen yogurt and coffee, normally I hold them at bars where its whiskey and beer. [Spoon owners Erin Donovan and Maria Anderson; and Orlando] feel that this is a great opportunity for the young, under-21, singers and songwriters to showcase in a family friendly atmosphere.”

He added Spoon has a very different vibe and it is a natural fit for the kind of events that both himself and the owners are happy to attach themselves too.

“Great Fro-yo, outstanding performers and a place to meet up with friends,” he said. “Doesn't get any better than that.”

There are plans for open mic nights all summer long, each one featuring a different local musician. Anyone interested in performing can sign up at Spoon or email Louisa Stancioff at or like them on Facebook.

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