PENNSDALE - Borders, 300 Lycoming Mall Circle, is giving local musicians an opportunity to have their music heard and, at the same time, providing customers with a fun and entertaining venue in which to shop.
The bookstore is holding open mic nights from 7 to 9 p.m. each Friday.
Sales manager Corey Sheetz said the store is in the process of seeking new musicians to perform during the events and interested parties should call the store at 546-2236 for more details.
Ryan Redebaugh, at left, performs as a part of Borders open mic night, which is held from 7 to 9 p.m. each Friday.
Redebaugh, who performs at Borders open mic nights, is seen performing.
The only requirement is that the music be age- appropriate for everyone.
Sheetz said the store plans to continue the event even after the holidays are over.
"We plan to keep it going year-round," he said.
Management said most musicians perform half-hour sets and are encouraged to register beforehand in order to provide everyone interested in performing an opportunity to do so.
Ryan Redebaugh, who has been playing the piano since the fifth grade, has performed at the Border's open mic event and may be found sharing his music in both solo acoustic and full-band performances throughout the Northeast.
After graduating from New York University with a degree in drama, Redebaugh found himself turning toward his love and passion for music and began performing a series of club dates around the lower east side of New York City.
"I was itching to find a tool to express my thoughts, feelings and fears," he said. "Music did that for me."
He said the venue at Borders provides an intimate setting for musicians and at the same time, a lively and fun environment for customers.
In the spring, Redebaugh will release a full-length record, "New Life." He said the album's theme addresses topics like having potential and getting a fresh start. It features 12 songs and a full-band sound.
"It speaks of starting a new life," he said.
He said he has worked on the album for more than two years and is excited to finally get to share his music with others.
"I am constantly surprised in witnessing the creation of a song. Everytime I play one of my songs, it's an act of celebrating the place of inspiration from which its come," he said. "It's a joy for me to have these songs to play and my goal on stage is to share that joy with the audience."
He said the songs he writes explore a wide range of life experiences, including love, hope and celebration. His goal as an artist and musician is to provide an evening of music that is both uplifting as well as entertaining.
Redebaugh's musical influences are mixed and include The Beatles, David Gray, Dave Matthews Band, Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen, Sigur Ros, Coldplay and Sufjan Stevens. He said his music can best be described as a fusion of rock-pop material.
In addition to live music and books, Borders provides storytime events for children, which are held every Saturday at 2 p.m. in the childrens' department of the store. The weekly storytime sessions address and feature a different theme each week. For more information on open mic night or other activities scheduled at Borders, call 546-2236 or visit www.borders.com.