A nice array of activities for a Monday night, from free dance and film to live tunes to a brand new "music slam" you can help name. Check it out.---
Sklyar Church gave me a ring about a week ago to talk about his new project, a "music slam" that would be like a poetry slam—short performances by singer/songwriters which will be voted on by the audience on hand. He's planning on hosting the event the third Monday of each month, and tonight is the inaugural voyage of the concept at Mo's Neighborhood Grille.
What to expect? Ten singer/songwriters playing one song each, solo style with no props, costumes or accompaniment of any kind. This is bare-bones musicianship, folks. There will be three rounds of competition total, and you can check it out for a mere $5, starting at 8 p.m. The coolest part? The judges will be picked from the audience, randomly, so you might find yourself in charge by the end of the night. And the music slam doesn't officially have a name yet, so the audience Monday will help come up with something catchy. Be creative, and be prepared.
Also Monday night, a few more established musical entities are doing their thing around town. The Born Ruffians (pictured) play a power-pop headlining set at The Urban Lounge, while the Legendary Pink Dots do their experimental-rock thing at In the Venue. And for you more classically inclined folks, Westminster College continues its 200 Years of Chopin series Monday with a show by Vedrana Subotic.
Over at the Salt Lake City Main Library, you can take in a free screening of A Powerful Noise at 7 p.m. And Ashley Anderson Dance is hosting another free LoveDANCEmore event Monday at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, where you can see works in progress by Kitty Sailer, Nancy Carter, Rachael Shaw, Hillary Van Moorleghem, Sam Hanson, Harmony Wolfe, Diana Crum and more.