Speed dating one act play
Founder and creative mind behind Microsessions, Paul Schomer, came up with the kernel of his concept years ago, after attending a songwriters’ happy hour in Austin.
He hosted music showcases in his home at the time, Washington D.
Microsessions presents a novel way to discover more Austin musicians to love.
Participate in a round-robin-style series of intimate mini-concerts, followed by a longer set of your choosing.
“It’s also a matter of listening–to the radio (I’m a huge KOOP and KUTX listener), and to recommendations from friends and Microsessions vets (often the same people!
).” Musicians appreciate playing Microsessions for a number of reasons.
No newbie, music lover and musician Schomer comes with a formidable pedigree.
Next up was Arielle Laguette, a honey-throated singer who swayed us with her jazzy folk/pop.Artists also can be part of the selection process by referring other acts to Schomer or—soon—by hosting and curating the talent at the shows themselves.Matt the Electrician will be the first Microsessions guest host on March 24, 2018, taking one of the four slots and curating the other musical acts for the night.It didn’t hurt that you can barely shake a stick in Austin without hitting a musician.Our vibrant local music scene and appreciative audiences accustomed to attending live shows made the city ripe for Microsessions.Afterwards, the groups break up as each person returns to watch their favorite act of the evening perform a final, 30-minute set.What makes the shows so special is a balance of established and relatively undiscovered acts, each playing a different genre of music.“I book the showcases in a number of ways, but the process is sort of like the format itself: I set a few basic rules and let it run wherever from there.For each one, I look for two more established acts and two up-and-coming ‘discovery’ acts.C., and even dabbled with hosting a SXSW showcase in 2011.After attending an Austin house concert featuring five bands in 2015, the old lightbulb went off over his head.