Welcoming Spring at the April Open Mic

IMG_20170417_203228On Monday, April 17, a good time was had by all as the DC Cabaret Network hosted its first Spring open mic at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan.  As always, we were warmly welcomed by The Black Squirrel and their bartender “Alexander the Great,” so self described.

Jill Parsons was on hand to very capably coordinate the sound and Howard Breitbart was at the piano, adding his masterful and inspiring accompaniments to the proceedings.

We had a great turn out of singers – 5 men & 5 women – sharing terrific, varied, and often quite challenging songs. See the list of songs and singers below and please be sure to join us for our next open mic, also at The Black Squirrel, on Monday, May 8.

Between blacksquirrelnow and then, we hope to see you at the 3rd installment of the DCCN’s “4@4” on Sunday, April 30th at 4 pm, upstairs on the third floor at – where else? – The Black Squirrel.  4 singers – Michael Miyazaki, Shannon Polly, Christy Trapp & Tracy Simpson – will each offer 20 minutes of song, directed by Lonny Smith and musically directed by Jeff Hamlin.

April 17 Open Mic list of songs/singers:

“Beauty and the Beast” – Cindy Hutchins
“You Took Advantage of Me” – Heidi Mayor
“The Princess and the Frog” – Michael Miyazaki
“Darn That Dream” – Magdalena Kusemileva
“Everybody Says Don’t” – Paul Pompeo
“Feed the Birds” – Ron Squeri
“Through the Eyes of Love” – Juan Marroquin
“Maybe/Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“When He Sees Me” – Tracy Simpson
“What More Can I Say” – Andrew Harmon
“Sentimental Journey” – Cindy Hutchins & Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“I’d Rather Be Sailing” – Paul Pompeo
“The Story Goes On” – Sheri Kuznicki Owen
“Get Here” – Michael Miyazaki
“Cuando Se Quiere De Veras” (Yours) – Juan Marroquin
“If You Love Me, Please Don’t Feed Me” – Ron Squeri


DC Cabaret Network Member Showcase Coming Up on March 24, 2013!

DCCN Poster 2013March is Cabaret Month and the DC Cabaret Network is delighted to present the ANNUAL MEMBERS ONLY SHOWCASE to be staged at the Arts Club of Washington.
On Sunday, March 24th at 7:00pm, please join us for a wonderful evening of Cabaret featuring our own DC Cabaret Network Members.  This year’s show will feature:
Heather Frank, Dorian Woodruff, Stephanie Dailey, Nancy Scimone,
Michael Miyazaki, Paul Pompeo, Christy Frye, John (JJ) Nolis, Terri Allen,
Susan Clifton, Aimee Barnes, and Maureen Kerrigan
Music Direction by Alex Tang, Stage Direction by Lonny Smith and Production by Dorian Woodruff.
The Arts Club is located at 2017 I Street, NW in Washington, D.C., near Farragut West and Foggy Bottom Metro stations.
Reservations are highly recommended and should be sent to: reservations@dccabaretnetwork.org
Check out the Facebook Event Page at http://www.facebook.com/events/440424016036969/
Invite your friends!!!

$20 non-members (Cash appreciated) or join the DC Cabaret Network for $45
$15 for members of The DC Cabaret Network and The Arts Club (Cash appreciated)
Wine and soda may be purchased (Cash appreciated) for:
Wine: $7
Soda: $2

Upcoming Open Mic Night — March 13, 2013

Please join the DC Cabaret Network for its monthly open mic night on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Black Fox Lounge. Mary Sugar will be our music director for the evening.

@ Black Fox Lounge

1723 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Dupont Circle
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Music Director: Mary Sugar

Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m.
Singing starts at 8:00 p.m.
Donation requested:
Cover charge: $10
Singers: plus $5.00

DCCN Newsletter for February is Now Available

The DC Cabaret Network newsletter for February 2013 is now available on our homepage! Check it out for news about DC Cabaret Network members, cabaret shows and everything cabaret in Washington.

Next Open Mic –> Wednesday, January 16th

Join us for the DC Cabaret Network monthly Open Mic night at the Black Fox Lounge on Wednesday, January 16th. Alex Tang will be music director for the evening.

January Open Mic Night

@ Black Fox Lounge

1723 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Dupont Circle
Music Director: Alex Tang

Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m.
Singing starts at 8:00 p.m.
Donation requested:
Cover charge: $10
Singers: plus $5.00

DC Cabaret Network Hosts “Out of the Box” — A Showcase of the Songs and Music of Dennis Livingston

The DC Cabaret Network is hosting an exciting showcase of the songs of composer Dennis Livingston called Out of the Box, on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Black Fox Lounge.

Ten singers will bring to life his songs about contemporary life, love and loss.

The showcase will be held at the Black Fox Lounge at 1723 Connecticut Avenue, NW from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 18.   Metro: Dupont Circle Station

Livingston’s music has been featured in numerous showcases and sung by cabaret and jazz artists around the country. The Stories in my Mind: The Songs of Dennis Livingston, recently ran for four performances at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.

George Fulginiti-Shakar, two-time Helen Hayes winner and musical director at Arena Stage and other venues around town, serves as musical director for the event.  Alex Tang, keyboard player for Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, National Theatre and many other theatres, will also be accompanying singers.

George Fulginiti-Shakar recently said, “This is a great event to be able to showcase a contemporary songwriter writing for today’s audiences.  We featured some of Dennis’s music in one of our highly successful events called Stop the Presses: New Music for Cabaret – and we’re delighted to be able to present a full set of his gems.”

The DC Cabaret Network is a local organization committed to promoting the music of the American songbook and cabaret.  www.dccabaretnetwork.org.  To hear some of Dennis’ songs, check out his website, www.dennislivingston.com

Admission: $15 for paid members of the DC Cabaret Network and $20 for all others. ONLY cash and check will be accepted.

AMPed up Fun!

Our Annual Member Party (AMP) was a great afternoon of socializing, sharing food and drink, and yes, even a little music! Thanks to Alex Tang and Bob Bagnall for hosting us at their wonderful Dupont Circle home. If you couldn’t join us, please remember that now is the perfect time to renew your membership with the DC Cabaret Network. Information on joining or renewing membership with the DCCN is available at our home page. See pictures below (click on image for larger version).

Maureen Kerrigan and Byron Murray

Brenda Rozier-Clark and Eileen Warner

Justin Ritchie with Boa d’Or honoree Alex Tang

Justin Ritchie, David McMullin, and Byron Murray

Kathy Reilly-Repass and Alex Tang


Dorian Woodruff and Mike Repass


Michael Armstrong and Justin Ritchie


Marianne Glass-Miller and Paul Pompeo

Chris Cochran, Justin Ritchie, and Cindy Hutchins


Boa d’Or winner Dorian Woodruff with Justin Ritchie

Joanne Schmoll and Marianne Glass Miller

Ron Squeri and Maris Wicker