Are you listening? Across the Rogue Valley local musicians and songwriters are stepping up to the microphone and letting their voices be heard. The open mic art form is not for the faint of heart nor the casual breed of performer. It’s music stripped down to the essential core, full of emotion, passion, and enthusiasm, usually just one voice and one instrument. Each participant signs up for 15 minute slots and prepares to showcase their goods, connect with the audience, and shake off the a little bit more of the stigma of stage freight. This is the chosen forum for original songsters to find their voice and try out new things. It is their platform and it’s really entertaining.
See what’s happening:
Take a Sunday evening drive on I-5 South. To the right after exit 14 (the 2nd Ashland exit) will be The Wild Goose Cafe & Bar. This small bar features some of Ashland’s finest live musicians and is hosted by Little Thom with performances beginning at 9 pm. Show up early to sign up and score a good seat. Order a burger and fries, or just a beer and let the music take you away. This is a bar setting and only for the 21 and over crowd.
Monday at Caldera Tap House in Ashland music starts at 8:00 with Derek Maulin hosting the evening. No cover charge, musician’s must be over 21 to perform but minors can attend until 9:00PM
Wednesday Gypsy Blues Bar in Medford, on corner of 8th and Grape in Medford hosts open mic night for Music & Poetry. Music starts at 10:00 PM, sign ups begin in-person at 9:30. This event provides a low-key evening of music & poetry, great for just starting out open mic-ers. No cover, 21 years or older only.
Wednesday at Alex’s Plaza Restaurant in Ashland, music starts at 9:30, under 21 participants can stay until 10 PM. To get on the list, call Robbie after 5pm at 541-621-7154 for more info.
Come out and see what moves these talented individuals to song, and who knows, you may just find yourself inspired.