Open Mic Night Chicago Review
Every Tuesday night at Touch of the Past, 947 Mannheim Rd, Bellwood IL is open mic night Chicago! An open mic set for r&b soul, hip hop, poetry and comedy but ALL genres are welcome!
Chicago Open Mic Nights – Seeing The Bigger Picture
Open Mic Night Chicago is not karaoke. Karaoke is a form of entertainment, offered typically by bars and clubs, in which people take turns singing popular songs into a microphone over prerecorded backing tracks.
An open mic or open mike (derived from the expression “open microphone“) is a live show at a coffeehouse, nightclub, comedy club, institution or pub where audience members who are amateur performers or professionals who want to try out new material or plug an upcoming show are given the opportunity to perform onstage.
The Importance Of Open Mic Night
Chicago Open Mic Nights is valuable for multiple reasons. Not only is it a great outlet for more exposure, learning to perform in front of a crowd on a real stage with professional sound, a live band and providing you guys with more consistency getting out there leading to a lot less nerves with each performance. But it’s an amazing place to meet people.
Open Mics are usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays which are low traffic nights. This is why sometimes there is a low cover at the door or no cover at all. The cover charge is to assist in marketing cost and a live band if one is used in the show.
Purchasing food (if available) and drinks are important for the venue to make money and keep the lights on and doors open. Once you arrive if you are performing always make yourself known to the host. Ideally, this is a person who cares deeply about the local music community, building connections between artists, and fostering a positive artistic space.
“We Welcome Newcomers With Open Arms And Share The Love”
If the overall quality of music, poetry, comedy or whatever is high, this is obviously going to make the Open Mic more awesome. A high level of talent is definitely a necessity to be considered one of the best Open Mics around.
Quality is certainly an incentive for both artists and spectators to go out on a weeknight for a few hours, but if all these really talented people are there just to show off their talent, as opposed to appreciating and being influenced by their peers, the Open Mic just becomes a side-stage variety show with no hope of larger music community development.
The open mic night is a steadfast tradition in the live music community, and is for a lot of musicians the first venture into performance. Bandoozle wrote an article entitled 13 dos and donts of Open Mics that I want you to check out!
Quality Amateur and Experienced Performers Take The Stage At Open Mic
@ The Touch!
All it takes is a decent space some decent sound equipment, a few decent people, and you’ve got a readymade community. Sooner or later, you’ll find yourselves attracting more and more interested listeners and daring drinkers, and, next thing you know, a scene is born. Of course there is The Good Crap and The Bad Crap of Open Mics that you must familiarize yourself with before getting involved with an open mic event.
There are benefits of open mic nights, say hi to each other at events, get to know each other a little bit. Support each other! Cheer and holler for each other at each performance, tell each other how great you each did. These relationships may grow to mean a lot to you in the future. Think about it!
With that said, our next Open Mic is coming up January 9, 2018 at 9:30 and every Tuesday thereafter! Remember that these are open to ANYONE, amateur and experienced performers as well as the general audience too who got some talent they want to share with the community.
UPDATE: This Open Mic is no longer running!
Open mic nights are infamously tough at times and can be some of the best and worst gigs of a performer’s career, but that just shows how important they are… comment below with your good and bad experiences at an open mic.
If you are in the Chicagoland area make sure you come out on a Tuesday Night for Open mic!