For some local musicians, the offseason brings an air of uncertainty as they scramble to figure out how to stay busy throughout the winter.
But for the Musicians Network — a group of local musicians who focus on bettering the local scene and giving back to the community through teaching — the lack of work is cause for celebration.
The group will host its first-ever "Thank God, The Season's Over" celebration on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Andy Owings School of Music & Performing Arts Center.
According to MuNet president Michael James the event is meant to celebrate all the hard work local musicians put in entertaining crowds throughout the summer.
"Alot of musicians are performing three times a day in the summer and 6-7 days a week," he says. "While they know that's what some of them have to do to make it through the winter, by the end of the season they're just beat and can't help but love when it comes."
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The event, which is open to the public, is a chance for performers and those who support local music to socialize and for the group to recognize those who supported the group's Boys & Girls Club fundraiser BBQ in August.
The event will also serve as a dedication featuring a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the Musicians Network. The performing arts center, which doubles as a home for Andy Owings School of Music, has been open since June 1 in a storefront across from Books-A-Million at Coastal Grand Mall.
According to school director Hari Wundarto, the building will serve as a recital hall for its students and will host other musical events throughout the year including the Musicians Network gatherings and hopefully an open mic in the near future.
"It's been really good for us so far and the students really seem to enjoy it," he said. "We're hoping this will be a place for all local musicians to come and play and learn."