Don Dooley 

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The String Theory Open Mic Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744 Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8:30 p.m. No cover.

The People's Open Mic Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, 332 N. Tejon St., 577-4291 Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. No cover.

That Don Dooley character is everywhere these days.

Take a look at the local music listings. You'll see a slew of open mic performances hosted by Dooley. Not that this is too surprising they're his specialty.

It all started about a year and a half ago, when Dooley, tired of a lack of opportunities available for emerging artists in Colorado Springs, tried to do something about it. So he began setting up a number of these come-one, come-all events at Cedars Jazz Club, at Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, at Coffee and Tea Zone. Before long, his weekly schedules were filled.

This work's also been beneficial for Dooley, who currently hosts four weekly open mics around town. (This week, there are no Coffee and Tea Zone open mics; they've been replaced by shows Dooley is sponsoring but won't perform in.) In providing others with a platform to perform, he's been forced into the spotlight himself.

"The guy who hosts, if no one else shows up, he plays," Dooley explains.

Earlier this year, Dooley earned the "Excellence in Popular Music Solo/Duo" award from the Pikes Peak Arts Council. He hopes at least some of that honor was bestowed upon him in thanks for his open mic achievements.

This week, Dooley will continue work on his upcoming album, a continuation of a sound he calls "an acoustic finger-style fusion" of progressive rock, jazz and old blues.

But until that CD drops, he'll continue to pop up around town, helping other artists get heard.

"That's my little pet project right now," he says.


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