The Minstrel's Open Stage is your chance to make music on our stage. This welcoming and supportive open stage is run by MC Scooter Ferguson. Performers sign up for a 15-minute performance. Many Minstrel opening acts are selected from our open stage.
with questions and comments about Open Stage.
Open Stage Host, Scooter Ferguson
Mike Agranoff Minstrel Chairman 11 Overlook Road Boonton Twp, NJ 07005-9115
Phone: 973-335-9489 Call at polite evening hours, Eastern time.
To:Performers and agents
Re: Open Stages at the Minstrel
Open Stages at the Minstrel are usually on the 2nd Friday of the month. They are pre-empted occasionally for other events, often in February and May, and sometimes other months.
Check our schedule to be sure.
HOW TO GET TO PERFORM AT THE MINSTREL'S OPEN STAGE:
There are 13 available 15-minute performance slots starting at 8:00 PM.
Starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, one week before the Open Stage, you can request a performance slot by e-mail
or phone (973) 335-9489. That's my home phone. Please call at polite hours.
The first six requests received will get a Guaranteed Performance Slot, and the next two will get alternate status in case of no-shows. You will be notified by return call or e-mail if you are among the first six.
The first person to reserve will get first choice of time slots (not necessarily the first slot), and the next five will follow in succession of choice.
The next choice will go to a performer who volunteers to staff at the Minstrel on the night of the Open Stage. To get that slot, contact our Volunteer Chair at
The remaining 6 time slots will be chosen by lottery from among all the remaining performers on site on the evening of the Open Stage.
No one who performed at the Minstrel's previous Open Stage will be permitted a Guaranteed Performance Slot (one of the first six.) But you still can enter the lottery.
You must be on site at 7:30 on the evening of the Open Stage to
claim your Guaranteed Performance Slot, or by 7:45 to be in the lottery for
the remaining 6 slots.
All that being said, there is a tradition among the Open Stage regulars to give up one of their songs to someone who got left out. We encourage that courtesy.
I do book opening acts from Open Stage performers. I do attend most of them,and I review videos of those I do not attend. If I'm interested, I will tell
you that same evening if I'm there, and sometimes I will try to arrange a
booking on the spot.
Mike Agranoff Program Chairman The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series