Mama Bear’s Bakery & Café Hosts Open Mic Night
Mama Bear’s Bakery & Café is quickly becoming more than just a popular coffee shop in Geist. It’s a place for community events and meetings, and now the cozy coffee shop at 10110 Brooks School Rd. is becoming a place to showcase local talent with an open mic night for teens!
“It was more about offering something for the kids than just business,” says Owner Christy Watkins who passed out flyers and posted the open mic night on Facebook for high school singers and musicians.
“Not all kids go to football games and school events,” says Christy. “This gives them a place to go that’s safe, and they can play their music.”
By 7 p.m. on this Friday night September 25, the place was packed, and a band called “Dirty Jerry” was taking the stage.
“I feel like I’m in an episode of ‘Friends!’” laughs Christy. Singer/songwriter Megan Ledford was waiting outside with family and friends strumming her guitar and waiting her turn.
“This is so nice,” says Megan with a smile. “There’s really no place like this where we can go and perform and talk with the audience about your music!” The HSE senior – who says she always look for opportunities to perform – has auditioned for the television music competition shows “The X Factor” ands “The “Voice” and plans to audition again in the spring.
When it was Megan’s turn on stage, she played a song she wrote called “Summertime Rain” which the crowd seemed to enjoy. “Some sing one or two songs, or they can sing a 30 minute set if they want to,” says Christy who was inspired to do open mic nights from her days at HSE where she and her friends were always looking for fun things to do.
Christy says she plans to have more open mic nights in the future “as long as they want to come sing,” and she adds that adults have been asking if she would consider getting a liquor license and holding adult music nights.
“I have thought about that too,“ laughs Christy. ”But this place is kind of adult day every day, so I really wanted to do something for the kids first!”
Interested musicians should check Mama Bear’s at Geist on Facebook for future open mic nights. Teens can sign up the night of, email Christy at Mamabearsatgeist@gmail.com or call Mama Bear’s at 317-288-4831.