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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

‘Music where you least expect it'

By Autumn Schanil - staff writer

From the left, Steve Schwartz playing guitar, Ken Wyndheim on bass, Terri Hall on vocals and James Diprima playing the flute.
MONTICELLO — Peeking in through the doorway, you are immediately beckoned in with, “Come in! Don't be shy. Grab a coffee, enjoy the music!”
Every Sunday morning Defilippi's Italian Bakery on Broadway in Monticello hosts what they have come to call “Music where you least expect it,” an open mic from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
David Rosenberg along with Defilippi's co-owner Carmela Foglia, decided to try out the idea of an open mic sometime last year, just to see how it would do.
They were pleasantly surprised by the turn out.
“Sundays were always a day that we had something going on, and I knew David was into doing some music, so I asked him what he thought about doing an open mic,” said Foglia. “So we tried it and it just hasn't stopped since. It's incredible the variety of instruments and musicians that come through here.”
Many of the people that perform are professional musicians, some even traveling up from NYC or New Jersey to enjoy the community getting together. But most, are from right here in Sullivan County.
Anyone and everyone is invited to participate.
“Even if you don't sing or play professionally,” said Rosenberg, “it's worth it to get up there and try. It's amazing what just one song does to your soul.”
“If you ask me what happens on my Sundays,” smiled Foglia, “I would reply that I'm just blessed. I'm blessed to be surrounded by great talent and great people. We try our hardest to make them happy but really, they make me happy.”

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