Tongue & Groove

Open Mic | Second Sundays | Downtown Raleigh (currently online)

Covers welcome. Originals encouraged!

Tongue & Groove is an open mic hosted and organized by Anna Weaver (that’s me), Sarah Egan Warren, and Andrew Warren.
Every second Sunday, local talent from around Raleigh gathers to co-create a night of ephemeral art—including poetry, music, storytelling, and the occasional interpretive dance. Anything but comedy (not that you can’t be funny).

List opens at 7. Show starts at 7:30. Slots are 7 minutes (2 songs max, musicians).

Come to Listen, Perform, and Create

Each month, we close the show with a reading of what we call The Dovetail—a poem collectively written by the performers and audience alike, one line at a time, and read by the Voice of the Dovetail, Andrew Warren.

Online Only Since March 2020

Like many open mics, we shifted to digital in response to local public health orders.

To make the most of that, we’ve added a new feature we call The Parquet. Throughout the show, we capture lines from every performance and, at the end of the night, one of our talented poets stitches them together into a poem that captures and remixes and gives form to our shared experience.

So stick around ’til the end because that is some true magic.

Anticipating the Return to VAE

When North Carolina eases restrictions on indoor gatherings AND our team, our venue, and our regulars are ready to meet in person again, we will be THRILLED to return to our happy place: the art gallery at VAE in our beloved downtown Raleigh.

When that happens, you can count on us to provide a mic (duh), pick-ups for musicians, kazoos, and a box drum. To encourage sing-alongs, kazoo-alongs, and other artistic collaboration—spontaneous or planned. To never charge a cover. To offer you a beer, soda, or water when you come in.

And to do everything we can to make it a welcoming and safe place for first-timers and regulars alike.

Find, Follow, and Get on the List

Want a personal reminder and handy Zoom link each month? Fill out the short form below to join our mailing list.

Prefer to self-serve? All our events are posted on MeetUp in Raleigh’s Living Poetry Group. Just wanna stalk us for a while? Follow us on Instagram.

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The week before open mic we send out a reminder and Zoom link. That's it.