Sight and Sound

Open Mic Night

9 Comments 14 Dec, 2008

The flatiron, 221 Summit Avenue in downtown Greensboro, has hosted an open mic night for the past 15 years. In that time, along with musical amateurs, first-timers, poets, comedians and the like, a long list of professional musicians have stumbled through the doors.

For full disclosure, I did used to work at this bar for 5 years as I plugged away through school. It wasn’t always glamorous, but my favorite day of the week was Tuesday. These unbelievably talented people would wander in off the street and pick away at some new song they’d just written or decide to try out a three-chambered ocarina in a blues jam, or just indulge themselves in some Tom Waits or Wham.

Throughout the duration of open mic night, Matty Sheets has always been there. He’s usually walking around with a small card and a pen and a long list of names.

Thanks Matty.



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Harvey K. Robinson is the cinematographer, editor, and director at Monkeywhale Productions. Originally from Derby, England he now resides in Greensboro, NC where he began a web series documenting musicians and artists from all over the country. Recipient of the 2009 HearNC "Marks, Stern and Thomas Award," winner of the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival Greensboro, and Betty Cone Medal of the Arts Nominee for 2011, his work has appeared as featured videos on Paste Magazine, E!News, and Aol spinner. Harvey’s commercial work has garnered 2 silver Addy awards in the past 2 years. With a background in Directing at NC School of the Arts and many years spent as a professional actor, Harvey brings a multi-disciplinary approach to each new creative endeavor whether it be a short film, music video, documentary, or commercial.
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  1. Harvey and fellow monkeywhalers, just a shout to say that y’all ought to be real proud of the work here. The content, the filmwork, the music, the whole enchilada are supreme. ‘Tis a fine little life capsule, my friend. See you around.

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Will. Wish you could have been there to join in the fun, but alas duty calls. Hope we see you around those parts soon.

  3. who is this fake half pint , yo??? I KNOW dan parks and he is a fine sober handsome upstanding young man….this fat F^%& looks like he got one foot in the grave and the other on slippery ground!! check out the bags under this cat’s EYES !! OPRAH could carry her dirty sheets around in those things!!! jeez……somebody put that poor son of a b#$%^ OUT of his MISERY!!!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! It looks so good with the way you guys did the lighting. Everything looks incredible. Just when I think I can’t be impressed anymore…

  5. dear lloyd bensten,
    I want to make this clear. Dan Half Pint Parks is an amazing human being. I don’t know what you are talking about. How can I put this delicately? Shut up.
    Thanks for your comment. Have a great day.



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