Tongue & Groove

Open Mic | Second Sundays | Downtown Raleigh

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 gather 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).

In Person When We Can, Online When We Must

Like many open mics, we bounced between Zoom and in-person events for the past couple years. Whenever in-person shows are possible, we make our home at the magnificent VAE Gallery in downtown Raleigh. After a short stint on Glenwood Avenue, the gallery moved back to the heart of downtown at 228 Fayetteville Street (formerly The Mahler). When weather or public health or other thing preclude us being in the gallery, find us on Zoom.

The best way to know where we’ll be any given month—and to get the link for online shows—is to join our Meetup group or sign up for our email list (see below).

When we are live, we provide a mic (of course), instrument pick-up (although the gallery is cozy enough that our musicians just go acoustic), and a box drum. We encourage sing-alongs, kazoo-alongs (bring your own kazoo), and other artistic collaboration—spontaneous or planned.

All are welcome who follow public health guidance, however that evolves over time.

Beer, soda, and soda water available. No cover. Donations gratefully accepted.

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.

Find, Follow, and Get on the List

Want a handy email reminder and a heads-up on any cool stuff we’re planning? Fill out the short form below to join our mailing list. We send exactly one email a week before the show.

Prefer to self-serve? All our events are posted on MeetUp in the Tongue & Groove Open Mic Group.

Get the T&G Email Update

The week before open mic we send out a reminder and, for online shows, the Zoom link. That's it.