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).

Back in Person as of July 2021

Like many open mics, from April 2020-June 2021 we shifted to digital in response to local public health orders.

As of July 2021 we are THRILLED TO BE LIVE AGAIN at VAE Raleigh’s new location in the old Creamery Building: 410 Glenwood Ave South #170. (The gallery storefront actually faces Tucker Street.)

We provide a mic (duh), pick-ups for musicians, and a box drum. We encourage sing-alongs, kazoo-alongs (bring your own kazoo), and other artistic collaboration—spontaneous or planned. Beer, soda, and water available. No cover. Donations gratefully accepted.

All are welcome who follow public health guidance: If you’re not fully vaccinated, wear a mask.

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 Raleigh’s Living Poetry Group. Just wanna stalk for a while? Follow us on Instagram for juicy quotes about creativity (and other stuff). 

Get the T&G Email Update

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