Anyone looking for an instrument or music lessons in Greenwich has probably swung by Greenwich Music . But owners Joe and Beverly Summa want people to have a new reason to stop in: live music.
This will be open to pretty much anyone in the area. Well even have a battle of the bands. Basically, if you want to get up there, show up, Joe Summa said about the new small performance stage set up inside the store. The plan is to hold regular open mic events for the public.
Summa grew up with music, playing guitar since he was 12 and performing for many years with a Van Halen tribute band. Hes no stranger to the stage and wants to give others a chance to share their talents. Lots of people, even those taking lessons, never have a chance to perform in front of people, he said.
The annual Greenwich Music school showcase will move this year from the Greenwich Arts Council to the store, where Summa said it will feel less like a formal recital. Plans are under way for open mic nights after the store closes and spontaneous daytime performances as well. He wants the stage to be an open and inviting place for anyone willing to take to it.
Holding performances inside the store has benefits for Summa. He says having teachers, performers and an audience all under one roof with an assortment of instruments and sheet music is a win-win for the business and the musicians alike.
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