WANT TO GO?
"Sensual and Sultry" Valentine's cabaret
With belly dancing by The Snake and The Pot and music by David Stephenson, Marium Bria and the B and the G
WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: The Cellar, 8 Capitol St.
COST: $5, includes a rose and chocolate
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Albert Perrone thinks the Third Eye Cabaret at the Charleston Cellar, 8 Capitol St., is the best open mic in town
"It's an invite-only open mic," he said. "We book shows and showcase singer/songwriters, bands, poets, performance artist and video presentations."
Perrone said he and his partner, Douglas Imbrogno, handpick from the very best performers for the usually free Thursday night showcase (except for occasional special events) which runs 8 to 10 p.m. and sometimes a little beyond.
"I go to a lot of open mics around town," he said. "I'm really just looking for the best players, the best performers. That's who we want."
He laughed, "And then I ask them to play for free."
Perrone said he and Imbrogno have played music together now for several years and came up with the idea of Third Eye Cabaret after many discussions.
The basic idea, he said, was to come up with a listening experience that was less geared toward rowdy, drunken crowds and was more for the performers.