Tonight the people of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas came to The Living Room, a small building owned by The Sherman Theatre, in order to listen to live music and performers including poets and comedians. The night started with Host Jess Roth and regular poet Carlton Farnbaugh swapping pieces and depicting each other’s work. It was a fun experience for many regulars who have seen both Jesse and Carlton perform their own work.
The fun didn’t stop there when ‘Doctor” Andy Spence stepped onto the carpet at The Living Room’s Open Mic and spoke on natural life, relationships and society; making the people of Stroudsburg roll in the isles with a chuckle toward his clever satire and portrayal of everyday struggles. The game was up tonight with performances from C-Rock, Field Of View, SunnyShading and Kes; giving the night a nice fun glow of music and performances.
The Featured act for Tonight’s Open Mic was a band from the Wilkes-Barre area called Folk By Default, including guitarist Brian and singer Kayla. Their set was a medley of beautifully done covers and well written as well as performed original pieces. The instrumental was technical and managed to flow very well, while Kayla’s range was incredible and absolutely beautiful. I spoke to Kayla and Brian after the show and asked them about the band Folk By Default, started by classical singer Kayla who is clearly influenced by Hayley Williams of Paramore when you listen to her sing. Their style is described to be Pop Punk that evolved from classic Punk. The show was overall enjoyable.
Another band I found enchanting was Field of View, an alternative indie rock full piece band from the Wilkes-Barre area. Field Of View joined us for the first time tonight and played original music that was simply hypnotic. The lead singer Josh and guitarist Mike started Field Of View in 9th grade and have gone far with working on their album and perfecting their performance. The instrumentals were precise and Josh’s vocals were perfect, the way the music made you feel could put you on a plane of nirvana. Other than myself the rest of the room enjoyed their performance as well, there were rave reviews on the instrumental and lyrics.
Besides the features at The Sunday Open Mic there are local artists to be seen almost every week. Including SunnyShading who plays the guitar as well as the ukulele writing songs about life and heartbreak and Kes whose acoustic performances are breathtaking as well as just fun to sing along to. His technical talent is complemented by his passion and portrays a beautiful form of lyrics and instrumental.
This is what you can find every week at The Living Room’s Open Mic on Main Street in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.