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Open Mic Hosts

Every town needs an open mic. A proper city needs one every night of the week.

Running an open mic can be a simple operation—mic, list, host, done. Or you can trick it out with features, competition, pre-show workshops, and infinite other variations.

Whatever your format, you’ve gotta pick a venue, set the schedule, and bang out at least some basic rules. And you’ve gotta promote the event.

Here’s a collection of advice—gathered from open mic nights across the US (including my own)—to help open mic hosts and organizers create an event that hums and set your local talent up for success.

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Madison Mae Parker

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Madison Mae Parker

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with some of the best open mic hosts I’ve seen on my informal tour of open mics across America. The idea is to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a host, what hosts want out of an open mic, and how to make an...

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Jorge Mendez

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Jorge Mendez

This is the third in a series of interviews with some of the best open mic hosts I’ve seen on my informal tour of open mics across America. The idea is to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a host, what hosts want out of an open mic, and how to make an event...

A Few Questions: With Your Host Lewis Mundt

A Few Questions: With Your Host Lewis Mundt

This is the second in a series of interviews with some of the best open mic hosts I’ve seen on my informal tour of open mics across America. The idea is to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a host, what hosts want out of an open mic, and how to make an...

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Honest Lewis

A Few Questions: With Your Host, Honest Lewis

This is the first in a series of interviews with some of the best open mic hosts I’ve seen on my informal tour of open mics across America. The idea is to pull back the curtain on what it takes to be a host, what hosts want out of an open mic, and how to make an event...

A Few Questions: Expert Tips from Seasoned Open Mic Hosts

A Few Questions: Expert Tips from Seasoned Open Mic Hosts

When open mics are Your Thing, you go to a lot of open mics. You see different formats, different venues, different house rules. And you see how each host welcomes people in, tees up the rules, manages the list, introduces performers, and does all the other things...