Vaccinations and reopenings are on the rise in California, so it was only a matter of time before open mic nights returned to Impulse Music Co. in Santa Clarita.
On April 21, around 20 people attended Impulse’s second open mic night of the month, a free showing since the store reopened in May 2020. With its staff vaccinated, a sanitized stage after each act performed and social distancing guidelines in place, the crowd was able to fully immerse themselves in the music played by musicians who were amped to step to the mic.
With 2,000 square feet on the sales floor of the shop, social distancing was not difficult, said Leire Baztarrica, Impulse’s public relations and social media manager.
The performers were able to sign up on a sheet if they wanted to perform. Six people took to the stage, with most of the artists singing with the exception of one mathematics-themed rock group who called themselves Cory Sciences. Solo acoustics were performed by SCV residents Audrey Scout, Thomas Wood and Michael Whelan, bandleader of Cosmic Ocean.
“The people that came had a blast, they were very grateful and impressed because this is the first time people have attended the open mic night with the renovations we made to the store,” Baztarrica said.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Impulse still resembled how it appeared when it was founded in 1989. Impulse’s owners spent their time during much of the pandemic to renovate the store, redoing the floors and walls as well as the practice room, equipping it with a soundproof wall and equipment.
While the next open mic night won’t be until the first Wednesday of next month (May 5), the store continues to hold music lessons and performance workshops while they sell musical instruments as well.
“We are very excited for the new times that are coming,” Baztarria said. “Business is catching up and we’re selling a lot more than before.”
Find out more on their website about upcoming open mic nights at https://www.impulsemusicco.com/