RAIN DOESN’T DAMPEN AUGUST OPEN MIC

Despite torrential rains, the Black Squirrel was crowded with enthusiastic (albeit damp) participants with the DC Cabaret Network’s August Open Mic. Thankfully, the talented Reenie Codelka, at the piano, and Jeff Tucker, on sound, both made it in before the heavens opened up.   Board Member and host Steven Cupo scooted in on time, along with his husband and father, as well. That wasn’t always the case with some late-comers. However, rain or no rain, people had a great time enjoying the variety of voices and stylings of the singers. Although, that is to say, not everyone sang.   Michael Miyazaki, whose voice was a bit raspy, in lieu of singing, regaled the audience with musician jokes; very hilarious. Kudos to Sheri Kuznicki Owen, who drove all the way from Annapolis with her husband in order to be included in the evening’s festivities, did a wonderful interpretation of Alone, But Not Lonely. In addition, Juan Marroquin should be acknowledged for his brave gesture in coming to the Open Mic only a month after his father’s death. His dedication to his dad had all of us remembering family members and friends who have moved on; especially DC Cabaret Network’s own Terri Allen, whose passing, one year ago, was marked by this August Open Mic.

It was a great mix of talent and stories told in music that truly made the night a memorable one.   Please join us for our September Open Mic on Monday, September 14th at 8:00! See you then!

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE SONGS THEY SANG:
Steven Cupo – Try to Remember
Stephanie Dailey – Break Away
Heidi Mayor – So Nice (Summer Samba)
Ron Squeiri – Feed the Birds
Len Borges – Once Upon a Time
Lorena Sabogal – Heart and Soul
Faheen Moghal – Anytime (I Am There)
Juan Marroquin – Somewhere Out There
Michael Miyazaki – musician jokes
Kathy Reilly-Repass – The Time For Us Has Come
Richard Dew – I’m Not That Girl
Eileen Warner – Somewhere
Joanne Schmoll  – All About the Base
Sheri Kuznicki Owen – Alone, But Not Lonely
Steven Cupo – I Remember
Joanne Schmoll – Gravity
Faheem Moghal – ‘Til I Hear You Sing

A GREAT SEMINAR ON CABARET

Michael Miyazaki

Michael Miyazaki

On Sunday evening, July 26th, the DC Cabaret Network hosted a wonderful seminar titled “Cabaret Performance, Repertoire and Resources” given by longtime Network member Michael Miyazaki.  Held in a private room on the third floor of The Black Squirrel, in Adams Morgan, Michael edified twelve very eager participants with enormous amounts of information and great helpful hints.  Using a Power Point®  display, he was able to integrate his vast knowledge of cabaret “how to’s” with actual videos of various cabaret performers and their individual approach to the art.  Michael was enormously enthusiastic with lots of fun facts and entertaining trivia.  That is not to say the three hours were trivial; quite the contrary.  Michael organized his trunkful of talking points into a clear, informative and well received workshop. Plus, on top of it all, he brought a couple of platefuls of cupcakes and cookies!  Now THAT’s what one would call a very full class.

A PACKED HOUSE AT OUR JULY OPEN MIC

Folks attending this July’s Open Mic at The Black Squirrel were elbow-to-elbow as they enjoyed a densely packed evening of song and fun.  The night not only overflowed with a number of different singers, but with a diversity of material and moods.  Expertly handling the keyboard for our varied, sparkling  performers  was a “new” music director in the guise of Jeff Hamlin.  Jeff did a great job with ALL the different styles of music that was placed in front of him.  His poise and easy demeanor put everyone at ease.  Our usual host and DC Cabaret Network board member, Steven Cupo, emceed and, along with a newly minted bartender Leyton, helped move the proceedings along very nicely.

Highlights included board member Tracy Simpson’s rendition of the very salty “Sweet As Whole”. (Read the last two words of the title out loud a few times; you’ll get the gist of the song… ahem!)  Steve Cupo’s 88 year-old dad sang an a cappella “Old Man River” that brought the house down!  Also, it was wonderful to hear our own secretary of the board, Cindy Hutchins, sing a soulful, heartfelt “Sleepin’ Bee”.  And speaking of “bees”, there were a lot of “new-bees” singing.   To have so many new faces and voices joining in really helped to make our July Open Mic a special and remarkable event.

Please join us for our August Open Mic on Monday, August 24th at 8:00!  See you then!

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE SONGS THEY SANG:
Steven Cupo – Josephina, Please No Lean-a on the Bell
Heidi Mayor – Society’s Child
Tracy Simpson – Sweet As Whole
Len Borges – Feelin’ Good
Marcia Kass – America
Michael Miyazaki – The French Song
Cindy Hutchins – Sleepin’ Bee
Carmel Simmons – Marry Me a Little
Ron Squeri – Feed the Birds
Regina Begliutti – Moon River
Annie Elliot – There’s a Fine, Fine Line
Jessica Mallow – The Man I Love
Kathy Reilly-Repass – Sweet Georgie Fame
Heather Frank – NaCl
Norah Delury – Losing My Mind
Everard Cupo – Old Man River
Tracy Simpson – Always By Your Side
Carmel Simmons – Teach Me Tonight
Norah Delury – No One is Alone
Lisa Taylor – The Man I Love

SUMMER BEGINS WITH OUR JUNE OPEN MIC

With summer almost officially upon us, the DC Cabaret Network celebrated the oncoming solstice with its June Open Mic at The Black Squirrel.  And what a hot time it was!  With Alex Tang at the piano, Board Treasurer Steven Cupo hosting, Jeff Tucker on sound and Ana behind the bar, everyone who attended agreed it was one of our most lively and enjoyable Open Mics.

All took pleasure in a wide variety of songs and stylists, including some lovely standards, a rare song from a never-realized musical, a bawdy drinking song usually sung by a man but interpreted by our own Marcia Kass, distinctly Euro-centric melodies and, of course, Michael Miyazaki doing a riff on Caitlyn “Bruce” Jenner.  And that was just SOME of what was meted out that evening.  One participant even got out of her sick-bed to sing a tune … sans music at that!  (Thanks for that mononucleosis-laced smooch, Heidi … hmmm…)  At least she came with her own rubbing alcohol soaked rag to wash down the microphone!  One of the real highlights, though, was when mother and daughter Debra Davidson and Carrie Wilson sang a duet of “For Good” from “Wicked”.  It really was a special moment that heightened the joy of being there that night.

What a lucky group we were!  See you all in July.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE SONGS THEY SANG:
Steven Cupo – While I Still Have the Time
Annie Elliot – I Can’t Make You Love Me
Debra Davidson – Not a Day Goes By
Len Borges – Just in Time
Marcia Kass – Jackie
Stephanie Dailey – Put the Blame on Mame
Juan Marroquin – Cantigo Aprendi
Tracy Simpson – Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
Michael Miyazaki – Bruce
Heidi Mayor – I’m Alright
Debra Davidson & Carrie Wilson – For Good
Steven Cupo – There’s a Fire
Juan Marroquin – Autumn Leaves
Michael Miyazaki – The Animal in the Pit
Tracy Simpson – Heaven Help My Heart

“OLD” AND NEW FACES AT THE MAY OPEN MIC

Monday evening, May 11, saw the DC Cabaret Network gang gathered once again at the Black Squirrel on 18th Street.  It was a night full of DCCN regulars along with many “new” faces.  Starting with Liz being replaced by Rob at the bar making everyone feel welcome and comfortable.  The event was hosted per usual by DCCN’s Treasurer of the Board, Steven Cupo.  However, the group welcomed a “new” face at the piano in the guise of Cory Davis who showed everyone his remarkable talents along with his poise and easy-going nature.  The DCCN hopes to be able to call on his services once again; such a nice fella!
It was a treat to have so many friends invited in by our regulars, and even our not-so regulars.  Some took the stage and offered up their vocal stylings, while a few sat back and enjoyed the music.  Steven tried to get a couple of new folks to try pole dancing instead, but that didn’t seem to have any real impetus.
In the second half, one of our singers, Jeanne Wolf, sang Eva Cassidy’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which led to a spontaneous discussion about Eva Cassidy, song interpretation and her imprint on local DC Cabaret through her early appearances here.  It was especially interesting to learn that she was related through marriage to one of DCCN’s long-time members, Marcia Kass.
A shout out goes to Jeff Tucker of the Art of Music who ran our audio, as well as setting up and breaking down all the equipment.  Thank you again, Jeff, for all your help and everything you do for the DC Cabaret Network.
I know it may sound like a cliché, but a great time WAS had by all!  Please come join us in June.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE SONGS THEY SANG:
Steven Cupo – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Ron Squeri – Impossible Dream
Judy Sperber – Lazy Afternoon
Marcia Kass – Old Folks
Byron Murray – Where Do I Go From Here?
Jeanne Wolf – To Make You Feel My Love
Juan Marroquin – The Way You Look Tonight
Tracy Simpson – Oh, How I Loved You
Steven Cupo – I’m Way Ahead
Marcia Kass – Lolly Too Dum
Byron Murray – My Gentle Young Johnny
Ron Squeri – Unexpected Song
Tracy Simpson – One Hundred Ways to Lose a Man
Jeanne Wolf – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Juan Marroquin – Eres tu

SPRING WELCOMES THE OPEN MIC CROWD AT THE BLACK SQUIRREL

It was a welcome spring evening that was enjoyed by the folks dropping by the Black Squirrel where the DC Cabaret Network had their April Open Mic .  The front doors were open to appreciate the newly warm spring weather, while Liz at the bar was a welcoming hostess to all. Music Director Alex Tang played wonderfully at the keyboard, despite losing a screw in his glasses leaving them slightly askew and not always on his face; a true pro through and through!  The evening was guided by board member Steven Cupo wearing his best spring outfit to inspire people.  Many of the regular attendees were joined by some new faces and new voices.  Board secretary Cindy Hutchins brought two of her voice students, while “fellow” board member, Tracy Simpson, inspired a couple of her friends to come and try out their talents as well.  Cabaret Network member Marcia Kass was so determined to get her song exactly right, she sang it TWICE!  This was especially because board president George Fulginiti-Shakar arrived a bit late and missed it the first time around. But the probable highlight of the night was when long-time member Michael Miyazaki sang special lyrics he wrote to “Let’s Fall in Love”, which he did while listening to his fellow singers. Inspired by the people who were there that evening, names and personal foibles were included!  Hilarity ensued.  It was another great night of song and camaraderie at the DC Cabaret Network’s monthly Open Mic.

The following are the singers and the songs performed that evening:

Steven Cupo – There’s a Fire
Michael Miyazaki – It’s Only a Paper Moon
Len Borges – Lonesome Polecat
Jeremy Richardson – River in the Rain
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Tracy Simpson – A Tall Drink of Water on a Long Hot Day
Juan Marroquin – Only You
Ron Squeri – Perhaps Love
Everard Cupo – What a Wonderful World
Steven Cupo – How Could I Ever Know?
Andy Woo – Walking Without You
Michael Miyazaki – Let’s Fall in Love (w/ special lyrics)
Ron Squeri – So in Love
Tracy Simpson – Gravity
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Len Borges – Breeze Off the River
Juan Marroquin – O Sole Mio

The Black Squirrel is Welcoming to our March Open Mic

The surprisingly balmy March evening matched the warm reception the DC Cabaret Network received on it’s inaugural Open Mic at the Black Squirrel.  Liz, the bartender, made everyone feel at home in their downstairs tap room.  Several DC Cabaret Network “regulars”, along with a few new faces, took in the ambiance and good music, while enjoying a cocktail or two.  Music director Reenie Codelka skillfully accompanied our participants, while DCCN Board Member, Steven Cupo, guided folks through a great night of thorough enjoyment.  Thanks, also, to Jeff Tucker at the Art of Music, who lugged sound equipment and our new keyboard, recently donated by the generous Karin Rosnizeck, into the space.  By the comments and reception of everyone who was there, all are hoping DCCN’s working relationship with the Black Squirrel will be a long and happy one.  Come join us on April 6th at 8:00 for the next Open Mic at the Black Squirrel.

Performers and songs from the evening:
Steven Cupo – Crazy
Len Borges – Sometimes a Day Goes By
Maris Wicker – Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
Byron Murray – This is New / It was Never You
Heidi Mayor – Fly Me to the Moon
Michael Miyazaki – Why Do the Wrong People Travel?
Marcia Kass – If He Walked Into My Life
Carmella Simmons – I’m Not Afraid of Anything
Ron Squeri – Elusive Butterfly of Love
Tracy Simpson – If they Made a Movie of My Life
Norah Deluhery – Ladies Who Lunch
Steven Cupo – Tammy
Everard Cupo – I Believe
Michael Miyazaki – I Wish You the Sweetest of Nights
Byron Murray – I’ve Never Been in Love Before
Carmella Simmons – Everything I Know
Norah Deluhery – Infinite Joy
Ron Squeri – I am Home
Tracy Simpson – I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
Len Borges – Beyond the Sea

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