Leave it all on the stage

March 2, 2019

Longing for a career in show business? Want to share your musical stylings with an appreciative crowd? Rochester is full of opportunities to cut your teeth onstage before you even think about forming a band, publishing those poems, or trying to make it big.

Granted, there are more open mic nights in warmer weather. But you can still sing your heart out three days a week while the weather is cold.

Turn up on a Monday

Forager Brewing Co. has the first open mic of the week, every Monday night. Hosted by local songwriter Pat Egan and Tracy Sonnier, the open mic begins at 7:30 and ends at 10:30 p.m. Instrumentalists, singers, poets, and magicians are all welcome to hop onstage.

The weekend begins on Thursday

You probably know Cafe Steam’s C4 open mic nights from their weekly run during the summer. Now that it’s cold out, they’re only held about once a month, beginning at 7:30 – but you can still get on the art collective’s sign-up list and take your place onstage near the end of each month. Find the next event on Facebook.

Is your singing voice laughable? Are your jokes as well? If so, you might have more luck at Goonie’s Comedy Club. Every Thursday, the business (located in the Crooked Pint on Commerce Drive) picks a list of “up-and-coming” performers to give it their best shot.

Looking for a more regular engagement? Take a drive to Lanesboro’s High Court Pub, which hosts an open mic every Thursday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s for free jams

Looking for an old-fashioned acoustic jam session? Peace United Church holds a beginner-friendly Free Jam every Friday night (beginning at 6:30 p.m.). If you’re a bluegrass or country player, this might be the music sesh for you.

You can flip to the back of every issue to find local music events all week long. Or check the calendar online, at postbulletin.com/calendar. Did we miss you in this lineup? Log in with your Post Bulletin account and add your events to the online calendar to be included in 507 every week.