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LOCAL: Mally Smith

Last month, I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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Mally Smith was probably the most quiet performer of the Lizard Lounge Main Event. But as we leaned in to hear her soft voice and delicate finger picking, we were treated to some magical moments. There’s something almost hypnotizing about Mally’s sound. She has a new album out called Mally Smith & The Fertile Void. This is one of my favorite tracks:

Mally Smith

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LOCAL: Bethel Steele

Last month, I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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In the very first round of the Open Mic Main Event, two great songwriters went against each other and it was an insanely tough decision to kick off a night filled with tough decisions. Bethel Steele was one of those songwriters to impress us in the first round, and while she didn’t move on, she certainly left an impression.

Bethel Steele

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LOCAL: Aerica Lauren

This past weekend I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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When it got down to the bottom 3 at the Lizard Lounge, it was terribly difficult to eliminate Aerica Lauren. All night we watched her pour the most genuine emotions into her performances. Aerica sailed through each round with just a little ukelele and her dynamic voice that reminded me of Bjork or Lisa Hannigan. I’m very excited to keep my eye on this artist and hear what she comes up with next. If you like the sound of this track, there’s plenty more of Aerica’s original music and fun covers on bandcamp and YouTube.

www.aericalauren.bandcamp.com
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Aerica on YouTube

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LOCAL: Mark Whitaker

This past weekend I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner.

That one winner was Seamus Galligan, a New Bedford-based musician whose voice and songwriting echo Nick Drake and Donovan yet somehow still sound all his own. Each song he did would silence the room, drawing us in and leaving us shaking our heads. Seamus doesn’t have music readily available online, but that’s something that will soon be remedied!

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Meanwhile I’ll start by introducing you to the runner up – Mark Whitaker. Mark plays the banjo but not in a conventional way. I think even those who can’t stand the sound of the instrument would be impressed by his non-offensive, guitarlike banjo-playing. At the competition, his skill on the instrument was clear, and he also had a comfort on stage that seemed to put the audience at ease. Above all else, it was Mark’s songwriting that stood out. Each tune he played seemed to have the perfect amount of words with the perfect phrasing…the words themselves were simple and yet so heartfelt. For me, it seemed like each song would end at the perfect moment, leaving us all with a feeling of completion and a smile on our faces. Mark plays frequently in and around Boston, you can catch him at Club Passim on May 15th.

www.markwhitakermusic.com
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