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.