Abbott’s Grill is looking for musicians, singers and fans of the music industry to participate in the return of their open mic competition.The competition is held every Wednesday at Abbott’s Grill from 8pm to 11pm. This year’s competition consists of a ten week competition in which contestants will be given points based on their songs and the audience’s reaction. At the end of the ten weeks, the musicians with the most points will be awarded cash prizes.
“Open mics are a great way to polish your skills and provides a raw experience for patrons to enjoy and support local music,” said Jason Wilcox, organizer and host of the open mic competition.
Wilcox, a native of Southern, Massachusetts, first began playing the piano at the age of ten and later taught himself how to play bass guitar. He first began playing music in bars and restaurants down in Costa Rica, in 2006.
Wilcox said, “I thought the competition would be a great way to get new people to come out and perform. The idea was put forth by my good friend Kevin Reading,” owner of Abbott’s Grill.
Last year’s top winners were Nancy and Mike, who got first place and won a tropical vacation for two. Second place winner was Dave Landis won booking to play live at Abbott’s Grill. Lastly, Adam Macaluso, a last minute substitute for one of the finalists won third.
“I am always astounded at how many talented people there are and never get to play on regular basis” said Wilcox.
Some of the returning contestants are Dave Landis, Bryan Shupe, Adam Murray, Jason Beale, and Rick Cornell.
This year’s first place winner will receive $350 and a booking at Abbott’s Grill. Second prize will be $100, and third prize is a $50 gift certificate.
“You never know what you’re going to hear each week,” Wilcox added.
Anyone interested in joining the competition, please contact Jason Wilcox at Jason@puravidamusic.com or head down to Abbott’s Grill located at 249 NE Front St. in Milford, Del.