Frequently Asked Questions

gslogo-transparent1. We’re dying to go.

Where is Grounds & Sounds located and how do we get there? The Grounds and Sounds Café takes place every second Friday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, NY.  UUFSB is on the northbound side of Nichols Road (Rte 97), just north of Rte 347 and just south of the Stony Brook University campus. Click here for Directions.

2. What time do the shows start and end?

Every show begins with an open mic at 8:00 p.m. followed by the featured act at 8:45 p.m. Normally, shows will run until about 10:30 p.m.

3. No doubt, the price of admission is reasonable?

More than reasonable. The price of admission is normally $15, but may vary for certain featured performers. Proceeds benefit the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stony Brook, NY.

4. What kind of food and drinks do you serve?

Well for starters, there’s great free trade coffee. We also serve specialty teas plus cold drinks such as juices and ice tea. We sell homemade cookies, pastries, brownies and other confections, or you can choose an assortment of cheese, crackers and fruit to go with wine if you choose to bring a bottle. (There is a small opening fee for wine.) Beer and other types of alcohol are not permitted.

5. I’m phenomenally talented. How do I get my act get booked for the café?

Any musicians interested in being booked as featured performers at the Grounds and Sounds café should contact Michael Hoffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

6. Who can sign up for the open mic?

The open mic is available for any musician, poet or performance artist on a first come-first serve basis. Each open mic participant is invited to perform one song, poem or act and limit the length of their performance to 6 minutes.

7. Does Grounds and Sounds have its own sound system?

Yes. Performers generally only need to bring their instruments. The sound system is equipped to handle moderately sized, primarily acoustic acts.