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, from April 2020-June 2021 we shifted to digital in response to local public health orders. Our July and August 2021 shows reminded us of all we loved about in-person events (not that we’d forgotten). And then came Delta, and we returned to Zoom for our Sept, Oct, and Nov 2021 shows.

December 2021 found us back in the gallery. In January, omicron sent us back to Zoom. We’re hoping for more consistency in the future, but for now, the best way to know where we’ll be any given month is to join our Meetup group or sign up for our email list (see below).

For live shows, come to the art gallery at VAE Raleigh in the old Creamery Building. Address is 410 Glenwood Ave South #170, but the gallery storefront actually faces Tucker Street.

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. And we welcome all who follow public health guidance.

Beer, soda, and 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.