Foundry Hall has produced 9 years of monthly, all-ages, Open Mics in a friendly, supportive, listening environment. Open Mic is the 3rd Thursday of every month in the lower level (“The River Bottom”) of the Black River Tavern. Performer sign-up begins at 6 pm, so come on down early and enjoy some BRT food then stay for the open mic featuring South Haven and surrounding area’s best amateur musician’s in the spotlight. Bring your own talent and share it! Go to Open Mic Page>>
Tunebugs is a drop-in music exploration program held every Friday at 10:30am at the South Haven Memorial Library. Led by Foundry Hall volunteers Lotte Resek and Michael Vanden Tak, Tunebugs is geared toward children ages 1-5 and their families. Singing songs, exploring instruments and have musical fun with friends and family, Tunebugs is also a great opportunity to practice taking turns and playing together while trying new things. Like “Tunebugs” on facebook to keep up with any scheduling information and other info…
Foundry Hall’s twice monthly Song Swaps are an informal gathering of friends who like to sing and play music together. Join Foundry Hall volunteer and past board member Joe Foster at the Warren Senior Center on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm. Acoustic instruments of all types are welcome, as are singers and musicians of all ages and skill levels. These offer a great opportunity to get used to singing and playing with others in a non-competitive, affirming environment.
Hymn Sing, a twice-monthly (1st and 3rd Sundays at 6pm) at the Warren Senior Center are a time to sing favorite hymns, gospel songs, and spirituals together. All voices are welcome! Deborah Wesche is our resident pianist and organizer for this event, but guest pianists are welcome and encouraged to lead their favorite songs.
Foundry Hall is starting a free Drama Club at Baseline Middle School for improv games, musical theater and other drama fun. Led by Nicole Guminski it has been an instant hit at the school.
Kids Guitar Club is an opportunity for middle school kids playing or wanting to get started playing to learn from each other offered at Baseline Middle School 2:45-3:30.
A social environment makes it more fun and a chance to get comfortable playing with others. Led by a Foundry Hall volunteer there is some education infused into the group, but we want it to be about what the group is interested in learning. Donation guitars are greatly appreciated – send us a message if you have one in a closet or you’re upgrading and want to have your old one go to a good cause!
Teen Open Mic! On the second Tuesday of the month we set up a teen open mic at Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle (315 Broadway). This is an open mic/talent share/social opportunity for the younger musicians, poets, artists, etc. in the area. We’d love to have some younger people help us run it, plan the next one and participate. Give us a shout if you want to help!
Foundry Hall Artist in Residence, Samuel Nalangira, leads workshops at Epiphany Church. Using traditional, handmade African instruments and Samuel’s original music students learn drumming techniques, rhythms and African dance styles all in a fun, supportive, engaging environment!
For Kids: Tuesdays @5pm (all ages, under 8 needs adult accompaniment)
For Adults: Fridays @7pm (all ages and abilities)
$10/workshop (Pay at the event)
@ Epiphany Church (410 Erie St)
Weekly workshops led by Samuel Nalangira
$10 at the event
All kids welcome! (under 8 should be with an adult)
Hi! In addition to being Foundry Hall’s board president, booking contact, grant writer, Tunebugs, Guitar Club and Teen Open Mic volunteer, school project coordinator and Riverfront Concert Series project manager, I am also the website manager, which is why I’m writing in the first person.
I got involved at Foundry Hall shortly after my family moved to the area for my husband’s job. It was a magical place with fantastic, small concert opportunities, community services and a great bunch of people holding it all together. I started a preschool music program in the old building from scratch because my son was 4 at the time and I was getting more and more into playing music. Shortly after that started I was asked to join the board and that began my now 6 year journey of learning what I need to learn to keep this boat afloat through the financial accounting, reporting and legal aspects of being a 501(c)3 non-profit, losing our home of 7 years, renting space and giving up on that space, writing grants, working through fundraising strategies, contract writing, developing numerous relationships through collaborations, website design, marketing and developing strong arm and back muscles for lugging sound equipment everywhere.
As a volunteer doing all of this I often have to reset my priorities and weigh the amount of work versus my own commitment. I could not do all that I do without the support of the other FH board members and volunteers. I am so grateful and inspired to see other people taking on tasks, creating new opportunities and doing such great work within the organization. I really believe there is tremendous potential in this community and invite everyone to join us to grow, learn, add to the community building that we are doing through art and music.