Hi Everyone, my name is Jimi Yamagishi. I’m a volunteer here letting you know that there are plenty of options for performing at Kulak’s Woodshed.
To perform at our Open Mic, and/or book a spot on a Twofer Tuesday please read the following below.
Open Mic Monday
Every Monday night from 8 – 10:30PM, is a free Open Mic where everyone is welcome to do a song. All ages are welcome, so come on over at 7:00pm and sign up for the 1 song lottery. At 7:30 the host will pull the names from a basket one at a time. We usually have about 35 – 50 artists signing up so please perform a song that is 4 minutes or less so that all the artists signing up have a chance to play.
For a $20 donation you can request a .mp4 download of your performance, captured by our multi-camera video studio with audio mixed in our 24 track Pro Tools studio. It’s the Woodshed’s only source of income to keep the doors open. We have nothing to sell.
A great house band of studio players is often available at no cost but you must bring music chord charts for the band and come early before the show to rehearse your song beginning at 6:30 PM. If you are not familiar with music chord charts it can get very complicated for both you and the band ending up with frustrating results. Reading music is easy for the band if properly written but there are also a number of other tricky variables that can come into play.
Try to keep an open mind, feel welcome to ask questions, take direction, and be patient. The band is often learning songs from several different artists in a very short period of time and they can easily become overwhelmed. It is usually best to bring music chord charts for popular songs everyone knows both young and old. If you would like to perform a less popular song, or if you write your own original songs it often works best if you have a CD with the music minus the lead vocal that we can play back on our sound system that you can sing to.
You are welcome to use our acoustic guitar, baby grand piano (on loan by Bill Stettler, Thank you Bill) and drum kit. Original songs are 95% of what artists do here but covers are fine as well. No amps please. We have all the audio gear, DI’s, and hook ups you’ll need. Thanks for helping to keep the Woodshed alive.
There are also the TWOFER nights. The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 8-10:00 PM, you get a video of TWO Songs for $30.
This is a pre-registered video-services-ONLY event, so you are guaranteed a spot, and can even ask for an early or late slot to accommodate work or personal obligations. There are only 15 slots available, with up to three “alternate” slots if there are last-second cancellations or in case we run ahead of schedule and can fit them in.
Bands & configurations with 3 or more artists playing together are held to the end of the evening for logistical reasons, thanks!
As with Mondays, this is a multi-camera shoot with live streaming so you can tell your out-of-town friends about it and they can watch and send emails back to ya!
Yes, we can also have some studio pro musicians available on the side, just like on Mondays, by request only. Please ask about that when you pre-register. We cannot guarantee sideplayers if the request is made less than two weeks in advance. Thanks!
Pre-register for Twofer Tuesdays here: firstname.lastname@example.org Please specify which Twofer night you are registering for.
To book a show/video/audio recording session, please email Paul Kulak at email@example.com for details.
Photo of Kulak's Woodshed Yamaha Baby Grand Piano (on loan from Bill Stettler thank you bill)