New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
Open Mic – CatBird Cafe

Every Saturday evening the Center sponsors the Catbird Café, the South Shore’s longest running open mic.  The Catbird Café is hosted by Steve Martin and his wife Cathy Donlon.  Steve is a well-known musician throughout the region and brings a thematic consistency between the care of wildlife and music.  Participants in the Catbird Café range in age from young elementary school students to octogenarians, from singing families to poets and belly dancers.

30 Comments to “Open Mic – CatBird Cafe”

  1. J. Ammo says:

    We would love to perform for you! Our acoustic duo is called Mikey Saint & J. Ammo. We each have decades of experience performing, and are quickly gathering a solid following. We already have a CD in release and on the web, and are going to be recording a new CD in June.

    Our music focuses on the original songs we write, and the feature of an acoustic lead guitarist, making for a unique approach musically.

    We welcome you to visit us on the web or on facebook –

    Thank you for your kind attention.


  2. Theresa nichols says:

    Just found out about your open mike. What time does it start. I am also a vocalist. If i bring my own tracks is their a cd player. Or do i need to bring my own portable player

  3. Kevin says:

    Hi Steve
    Thank you for having me and Susan perform
    At the Catbird.
    You remember that I played once at the Boston Garden back in the 70$
    Yours truly and associated platitudes
    James Kevin McEchern

  4. I am the editor of several monthly magazines throughout Massachusetts. I have titles in Southern Berkshire, Dartmouth, Sandwich, Haverhill, Longmeadow and the Hamptons, Mass. Each magazine is direct mailed for free on a monthly basis to 5,000 homes in each town. They are community-based magazines and we welcome columns and photo submissions from the public to be included in the publication. I’m reaching out to you to see if you would like to contribute a story, monthly column or any photos. I hope you will consider it. It will be a great way to get your information out to the community. I invite local residents, clubs, organizations, businesses and schools to contribute stories, ideas, photos and columns. Please include me on any press release/media mailing list you send out. I would love to include your events on our community calendar. Also, if you have any story ideas, please let me know your suggestions. If you know anyone else who might be interested in contributing to the magazine, please have them contact me at There is no charge to publish your material. I am not a sales person. I’m simply seeking local content for the magazine. Any high-resolution photos you can supply are greatly appreciated. The larger the file size the better, since it will be printed in a glossy magazine. To give you an idea of what the magazine will look like, here’s a link to our community kit: I’d like to work together. I appreciate your consideration. Thank you. Take Care.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Leslie – We would love to. We regularly contribute to the Patriot Ledger Blog and have also blogged on the Boston Globe “my town”. I am excited to talk to you. I will send you an email. Best, Katrina

  5. Hah! Not Sure why I like reading this better with my Gene Simmons greasepaint on.

  6. Debbie D'Alessandro says:

    Hi, I’m a former student of John Olivere’s and hope to make it here to see him one day! Hope all is well.

  7. Rosalind (Roz) Berman-Myerson says:

    Hi Steve,

    In addition to volunteering on Sundays, I would also be willing to volunteer on an occasional Friday or Saturday night with the Catbird Cafe (when I am not an attendee myself), such as setting up the refreshments, taking down names of the musicians who will be playing, accepting donations of attendees, etc. You already have my home and cell phone telephone numbers. My e-mail address is:

    Please advise.



    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Rosalind, Thanks so much for your help and offer. I will pass this along to Steve. The best way to reach him is to call the Center at 781 682 4878. Have a great day! :)

  8. Looking forward to coming back to the Catbird Cafe on Friday Jan 25 (2013 already!), along with Mike Delaney and Ken Porter. Concert starts at 7:30. We’ll be doing some songs together, so it should be fun! Hope to see you –
    terry kitchen

    • John Spofford says:

      I have been down there for wildlife Classes and I havent had a Chance to come in and see the shows. Tell me, If I bring Drums and Other Players is that allowed ?

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Absolutely! For complete info please call Steve Martin at 781 682 4878. Greg is grateful for your partnership in the wildlife rehabilitation class. Best, Katrina :)

  9. Ms Marci says:

    My husband Jim and I so looking forward to playing at Catbird w/Stephen and Snake on August 10th. Stephen and I are old friends…from The ’60s!

  10. Gerry Ewen says:

    Thank you all for letting me be apart of your wonderful festivities. You all are so kind & full of music it warms my heart. I will contiue to bore you folks week in & week out. Again thank you & a very special thank you to Steve & Eric The Snake. Keep on Folken’

  11. Andrew Lewis says:

    What a great venue, Steve Marin, kathy Donlan and Eric “Snake” Gullikson from the Legendary Band Orpheus have created a great venue for both performers and listenners alike. You never know who will appear, notables as Poets, Thesbiams, world Class Songwriters, musicians ..Even the Lawmen get in on the action… an enjoable time for both performers and listenners alike… *****
    I give this venue 5 stars;)

  12. Hi steve,
    I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have a feature at your venue. I think that your open mike and feature series is is one of the best in the Boston area. Keep up the good work.
    I’d also like to thank everyone who attended my feature.
    Frank Ruzzano

  13. Hi Steve I had an excellent Time @ your open mic I would like to set up a date when our Pow Wow drum can bring our medicine up to you & the center. Be waiting to here from you. Aho Jay (Singing Spirit)Cunningham & Little Brother Drum

  14. bev gori says:

    Hi Steve-I was one of the fiddlers in Carl Mcphee’s Rocky Run performance at the Catbird awhile ago.(Jack Meserves and I “do” the Nursing Home Circuit as “Heartstrings”)
    I’m in a band called “Changing Strings’
    (banjo,guitar,bass, fiddle)-we’ve done a few markets and would like to play at your place for
    a couple of sets sometime…let me know if you
    have any openings,please…Thanks, Bev

  15. Steve Martin says:

    Chris Botelho and the Ravens will be featured in concert at the Catbird on Friday, September 9. Doors open at 7 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM. There will be a suggested donation of $5 to benefit NEWC.

  16. jamie says:

    Sounds like a hoot! What time does the open mike start? Can we just show up? Thanks!

    • Kyle Richards says:

      Yea you can just show up. The open mike starts each Saturday @5. If you are an artist that would like to perform you must sign up before 6:30. Sign ups open at 4:30ish.

      See you there!

      • JUDE MCNEIL says:

        if a vocalist, is there anyone to accompany the vocal???
        sounds like fun and also would love to volunteer some of my time at the center. I have no professional qualifications to work with wildlife, but have fifty years of personal experience with wildlife. 20 cats,both domestic and feril, SADIE and her 3 babies (racoons), many bats, birds, snakes, turtles. anything that breathed, crawled, lived. I was always the first one there to help if in need. Jude McNeil

  17. Hi Snake and Steve,

    My name is Carolyn Waters and we met several weeks ago at my feature at Roslindale. I received an e-mail addrfess from Steve, but unfortunately I misplaced it.

    We spoke briefly of me coming down your way for a show and I would love to talk to you more about it. So please contact me when you have a moment.



    • Steve Martin says:

      Hi Carolyn —

      Great to hear from you. You can email me at the above address, and/or call me at 781-925-9395. Looking forward to talking with you.

      — Steve

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