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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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BACA Mission Statement
BACA Board
President's Update
Thanks for a great year
Kevin Luey, BACA President
To Our Members,
A BIG thank you for your continued participation and enthusiasm-it is the life force of our community. Thank you also for the generous donations and feedback we receive. With such support and generosity, we can look forward with much optimism as we each grow in our love of music, performance and creativity.
Building Friendships 
We've added another support for you and hope you can join us. A popular way to connect and share resources is by socializing over dinner and refreshments after Open Mics and Performance Showcases. Simply ask the MC for information. 
Save the Date - 12/6, 7pm
The always popular BACA Christmas Party is to be held this year at Asiana Fusion in Watertown, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., December 6. The food is excellent and there will be an Open Mic. We hope you'll all come out for the fun and an opportunity to connect.
Many thanks . . .
A special thanks to retiring Board members Sara Curry, Ruhina Tahir and Robby Williamson, who contributed so  significantly. Ongoing thanks also to the Advisory Board and Ex-Officio Officers who have supported the Board so strongly. And, many thanks to the hardworking current Board members who give so much. Come join us.
Finally, on behalf of the BACA Board, I would like to personally thank all our past, current and new BACA members and look forward to your active participation and seeing you at upcoming events, Open Mics, and the 2017 Christmas Party.
With utmost respect,
BACA Open Mic
by Linda Marks, Board Open Mic Director
Our monthly cabaret open mic is a great way for singers to put themselves in front of a very supportive and fun crowd, gain the confidence they need to forge ahead in their singing careers, and to learn by watching other singers, both members and non-members of BACA.

We welcome and are fortunate that non-singing people come too - simply to listen, relax, and enjoy the wonderful music - such a great audience!

Our open mics include a host for each evening and top piano accompanists from all over the Boston area.
Socializing and sign-up are from 6:45-7:00 pm. The Open mic is from 7:00 until 10:30 pm. Singers should prepare up to two songs with music charts in the correct key.

Upcoming Open Mics - Watertown
  • September 27, 2017 - Accompanist: Steve Heck
  • October 25, 2017 - Accompanist: Tom LaMark
  • November 29, 2017 - Accompanist: Bobby Gadoury
  • December 20, 2017* - Accompanist: Joe Reid (*date change)
Our venue, The First Parish Church, 35 Church St., Watertown is located a few minutes off of the Mass Pike; or Rt. 16, off Mt. Auburn St. It is accessible by MBTA (#71 bus out of Harvard Square). The venue hall has concert acoustics and a Steinway B piano. The church is also accessible.

Plenty of FREE parking available in the bank lot adjacent to the church off Summer St. Additional free parking on Summer Street, plus a large municipal parking lot one block away between Church and Spring Streets behind the CVS and Stellina's restaurant.

$10.00 BACA Members / $13.00 non-members / $7.00 students and listeners .
ATAC Open Mic
by Leslie Holmes, BACA Advisory Board Chair

Come join us at Amazing Things Arts Center. Cabaret can be singing, reciting poetry, dance, performance art... it is a window on the soul. Here, you can feel comfortable performing, knowing you are among a community that shares your joys and sorrows. We welcome new faces and gather the second Wednesday of every month. Leslie Holmes is our monthly host. Hours: 7-10 pm.

Upcoming Open Mics - Framingham
  • September 13, 2017 - Feature: Kristy Catsouphes
  • October 11, 2017 -  Feature: Matt Romero
  • November 8, 2017 - Feature: Cyndy Gale 
  • December 13, 2017 - Feature: Doug Gerber
Accompanist: Tom LaMark

Amazing Things Art Center
160 Hollis Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Plenty of FREE parking available.

Tickets available at the door: $9 for members of Amazing Things and BACA; $10.00 for non-members. $5.00 for students with IDs.

Click here for ATAC cabaret open mic details.
Information also available on the BACA website calendar.
  Outreach Program
By Sheryl Altman, Board Legal Counsel
BACA gives back to the Community and provides you another opportunity to work up your music with professional accompaniment.
Sheryl Altman and Joyce Friedman are organizing the BACA Outreach Program and will be working with several assisted living facilities and other senior venues to put on performances/shows on a few Sunday afternoons over the course of the upcoming year. We will have 4 or 5 Singers for each event. Song choices should be relevant to the Senior audience (songs that they will know and like). Singers should also be enthusiastic and engaging with the senior audience.
If you are a BACA member and would be interested in participating in this program, please send Sheryl Altman an email. Your name will be added to the roster and you will be contacted when dates are scheduled. Further details will also be provided once some shows are booked.

Member Highlights
See where BACA members are performing (pulled from the BACA Yahoo Group and BACA website calendar)...

Thanks for supporting live music!

Pappas Swings Gershwin
Friday, Nov. 10, 8:00 PM
Sunday Nov. 12, 2:00 PM

Award-winning songwriter and jazz vocalist, Krisanthi
Pappas, and band:
  • Bill Duffy on piano 
  • Steve Skop on upright bass
  • John DiSanto on drums
MMAS Black Box Theater (Mansfield Music & Arts Society)
377 N. Main Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
Price: $25 in advance / $28 at door

Krisanthi's last few shows at this theater SOLD OUT so get your tickets NOW!

Tips for Success - From Our Archives . . . 

3 Top Tips for Success

Handy musical words to know

By Sara Brodsky


Ever walk back to your seat at an open mic and say to yourself, well that didn't go the way I practiced it?  I asked professional accompanists who play for BACA open mic nights to share their top three tips for success onstage.  Take note of the similarities.  


Download full PDF and read more on pages 4 and 5.  

Dear BACA Members,
Please let me know if you like this revitalized quarterly newsletter and please share your suggestions. To be in the newsletter, please watch for submission requests from the BACA members' Yahoo Group. Our goal is to build community among our wonderful, talented membership and to highlight the many resource connections available through BACA.

Have a great Fall!  See you onstage.
Wendy Wolfberg, BACA Newsletter Editor