For over eight years, Ben  faithfully hosted Open Mic Night every Tuesday at Emerson Resort & Spa  in Mt. Tremper, N.Y. An idea brainstormed by Josh Luborsky, he offered the opportunity to Ben, and the rest is history.  Ben’s Acoustic Open Mic was  diverse, with everything from poets to banjo pickers, and offered an opportunity for musicians of all ages, genres and talent levels to perform publicly.  Audience and musicians alike were treated to a night of good food and music, and there was never a cover charge.

Though recent events and social distancing requirements have changed the setting, Ben still hosts an Open Mic Night Social Hour on Zoom.  For more information, email


Some of October 2016 participants
The 2016 Christmas Benefit was a huge success! Here are some iPhone snaps from Scott and Linda Greenlese of the event:

Ben Rounds, Host
Ben, Mike and Josh at the Sign Up Sheet.
Ben, Mike and Josh at the Sign Up Sheet.
Ben singing one of his most requested songs “The Short List” to a newlywed couple.
Easy Chair and Fans
Mike, Ben and E.c.
Eric Squindo of Mister Roper
Eric Squindo of Mister Roper
Mighty Zee, missed since she has moved.
Marilyn Kirby and Ben
Marilyn Kirby and Ben
Mr. E.C. Lorick.
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One of the poets, Esther, reading an original.
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Dave Kearney
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Fido Unplugged!