HAWLEY - Once a month, local musicians gather to present and support others who share a passion at the Hotel Belvidere. While open mic nights are nothing new, and there are a few in the region; the monthly shows at Main Avenue and Church Street have taken on a new twist, as artists can perform and ultimately be on Blue Ridge Cable.
The founder and owner of Four Pines Music, Sammy Alecci more commonly known as “Sammy A” said the open mic started in August and now, rather than sitting home and playing, artists can come and perform for a crowd, family and television viewers.
Four Pines Music, a relatively new promotional and management company for musicians in the area, has come together because of Alecci’s passion for a melody and interest in helping people get discovered.
Most recently, Alecci has helped and now manages Renora Code, a group of two singer/songwriters from Old Forge Pennsylvania. The band, actually signed power of attorney to Alecci, which means he can sign any contract for them. The reason, Alecci said is that he is completely open and honest because he isn’t interested in cheating anyone.  
After constructing a studio adjacent to his home, Alecci established Four Pines Music and soon after, he connected with Renora Code; and now, the group is on iTunes and has been featured on Bold Gold Media in Honesdale.  
Presently, Four Pines presents acoustic music, but ultimately Alecci said he will promote anything “as long as it’s done well.”
As Alecci started meeting area musicians and seeing their talents at open mics, he said Four Pines was born, because it was an opportunity to “promote local talent.” His interest in the industry is simply derived from a love of music and he too, has actually created records. While he doesn’t do it for the money, Alecci loves to help people because it is “very rewarding.” When songs are on the radio, Alecci said he gets just as excited as the artists.
While he is not a professional musician, Alecci does consider himself knowledgeable because of his passion for the industry and continued participation in music venues like Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel New York.
Through Four Pines, Alecci said he provides musicians with feedback and helps them as he uses his understanding of the industry to assist artists that want to be discovered.
Now, as the open mic grows, sponsors and artists are needed. Alecci said there is no commitment needed from artists who want to perform, because it is just a free promotional opportunity for them to be televised.
Artists do not have to be from the area, but most are. There is no charge to perform, but the musicians do need their own instruments.
The shows will be taped live, but edited later; the reason, Alecci said is that not everyone wants to be recorded, in part of fear for their work being stolen and or they just don’t want to be filmed. With each show, Alecci said there will be three to four “strong acts” which will be televised. Performers, who want to be on the air, must present their own original songs.
Many who attend the open mics, Alecci said do not have recordings. As part of the shows, however, the artists can be promoted.
Although sponsors are needed, ultimately Alecci said he does the open mic because he wants to spread music throughout Wayne and Pike Counties. Although not restricted to show at Hotel Belvidere, for the time being the location works.
At this time, Alecci is looking for regular advertisers because there is a need for a sponsor. The sponsors will have time slots and will get “exposure,” he said because the show will be on the air frequently.
The third Thursday of the month, the open mic will be at the Hotel Belvidere, 330 Main Avenue in Hawley. The first taping was March 19, which will show May 1 first and a few more times on different days on Channel 13.  
If Alecci is able to secure a major sponsor, he said the plan is for the open mic to continue at the Hotel Belvidere because the availability to show on the third Thursday.
The setup of the shows are easy, as musicians are given about five minutes to prepare, with between five to 10 minutes to play two to three songs.  
For more information about Four Pines Music visit http://www.fourpinesmusic.com/.