Singers kickoff Durham open mic for youth
Rissi Palmer and Kim Arrington launch The Relative Pitch at Broad Street Café on October 28.
DURHAM, NC – Triangle-based singers Rissi Palmer and Kim Arrington have started The Relative Pitch, a monthy open mic for youth. The opening night for The Relative Pitch is Sunday, October 28 at The Broad Street Café in Durham, NC (1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705) at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcomed.
Palmer is a Billboard-charting, country singer-songwriter whose new children’s CD, “Best Day Ever,” will be released this year. Palmer had the idea to start The Relative Pitch from voice students she teaches at The Grace Note Music Studio in Raleigh, NC.
“My students told me that outside of recitals twice a year, there was really nowhere else for the kids to perform that isn’t competition based. The Relative Pitch needed to be a fun, family-friendly and a non-judgmental environment for blooming artists. The kids can expect to gain performance experience, meet other young people who are interested in music, and form community,” said Palmer.
Palmer approached Arrington, a well-known teaching artist and singer whom has toured internationally, to help organize The Relative Pitch. Arrington, who will be releasing a new CD, “Getting II Yes” in 2013, wants to nurture the next wave of local talent
“When Rissi called, I had just finished teaching at a Rock Band camp in Carrboro for 11-15-years- olds. The kids told me they had nowhere to perform locally, and adult open mics were too scary. We want to teach the kids through The Relative Pitch, that indie artists create their own solutions, for themselves and their communities,” said Arrington.
Palmer and Arrington selected The Broad Street Cafe for The Relative Pitch, because it already presents kid-friendly programming every 1st and 3rd Sunday from October to March.
The Relative Pitch will be presented at The Broad Street Café on Sunday, November 11, 2012 and Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. The Relative Pitch dates for 2013 are TBA.