Community Arts Network of Oneonta’s next “Music at the Mansion” will feature an open mic, followed by singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark VanLaeys.

The event will be held Thursday Sept. 12, with doors opening at 6 p.m. 

According to a media release, VanLaeys has been singing and writing songs since the 1970s, with influences ranging from John Denver to Sara Groves to Dave Wilcox.

The release said he has performed at open mics and coffee houses around New York — with rare ventures elsewhere — such as a pub in Ireland and churches in central America and Ethiopia. 

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CANO’s monthly “Music at the Mansion” series presents a variety of musical talent, beginning with open mic and followed by a featured performance. 

The series is free and open to the public. Pass-the-hat donations are accepted.

According to the release, CANO’s performance space in the historic Wilber Mansion, with Kawai baby grand piano, is ideal for musicians and vocalists of all ages and experience levels, performing solo, with accompaniment or in small ensemble. Pre-registration is not required for the open mic.

The open mic will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be followed by a brief intermission and refreshments. Featured performances are about 45 to 60 minutes long.  Music at the Mansion takes place the second Thursday each month, with remaining performances on Oct. 10, Nov. 14.

Contact coordinator Doug Hallberg by email at or via Facebook.

He can also be contacted by phone at 607-435-8718 for more information and to be included in the schedule.

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