September 01, 2015
Daniel Navarro is no stranger to performing in Statesboro. Since picking up a guitar at age 15, he has performed locally, opened for artists and held down a residency — and now he will pioneer a new open mic night at Eagle Creek Brewing Company.
Navarro started out playing songs in his bedroom with only his family and friends as an audience. Finally, after being encouraged by those friends and family, he got an opportunity to play his first show when he was invited by the owner of Midtown Bar and Grill.
From there, Navarro built a network of people who were willing to open their doors for his music in venues across Statesboro. "My parents tell me it's natural," he said of his musical inclinations. "I had a couple of lessons, and when the friend who was teaching me moved, I continued to practice on my own until I learned more and more." The largely self-taught musician used Travis Tritt as an example of an artist and performer who influenced him to take the stage for the first time. Watching hours of his performances on YouTube, Navarro emulated Tritt's stage style to improve his own onstage presence.
"I have a love for all kinds of music, and I love performing," Navarro said. "It fascinates me, and nothing compares to the feeling of expressing myself through music."In combination with studying the great country performers, he found that playing with people also helped him to hone his talent. According to the Statesboro performer, playing with people who are better than he is keeps him striving to get better.
Along with the opportunity to get better for himself, Navarro was given an opportunity to open his own open mic night at Eagle Creek Brewery on Wednesday nights. For him, this is about more than just having another place to share his music. He expressed his understanding that there may be a lot of the same people taking the stage, but he'll be working to influence those who may be considering performing for themselves to take the stage at Eagle Creek.
"Guys come to me all the time asking me how they can find a place to play, and I tell them that these open mic nights are their shot," he said. "This is the place to meet people and hone your skills."Navarro also says that Eagle Creek's open mic night will take on the venue itself, where beer lovers come to a relaxed climate in a more intimate space. He hopes for a more laid-back and less structured experience for people who want a post-work drink and a little music to chase the bubbles down.
Navarro will host open mic nights on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m