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Open Mic returns to Seven Steps Up!

Seven Steps Up Live Music & Event Venue along with co-sponsors Courtyard Concerts, Walk The Beat and Third Coast Recording Company team announce the next series of open mics scheduled from September, 2017 to May, 2018. Loren Johnson, a local singer/songwriter and Admin Director for Walk The Beat, will again host the series.

Open mics start at 7:00pm (6:30 doors open) and are scheduled for 9/11, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2 and 5/7.

The Open Mic series at Seven Steps Up is presented in a unique listening room format. Participants perform to an attentive seated listening audience. The audience is encouraged to show respect for the performer by not talking while people are performing. Past participants have included a wide range of musicians from professional to amateur, young and old. Many performers are songwriters, but while original music is encouraged, it is not required. Performer ages previously ranged from 13-74.

Participants sign up and names are randomly drawn throughout the evening. This type of scheduling allows for everyone to play with an equal chance for all participants to be drawn. Musicians are scheduled for one song. If time allows, a second song could be an option.

Two performers from each open mic will be invited to perform at a quarterly Best of Open Mic Pin Drop Concert. These will be public reserved seating ticketed concerts presented in a “songwriter in the round” format. Performers will receive a percentage of ticket sales and receive 100% of their merchandise sales.

Best of Open Mics are scheduled for 11/19, 2/18 and 5/20.

“We are hoping for the same response as the first series earlier this year,” says Seven Steps Up co-owner Michelle Hanks. “At our final open mic of last season we had 27 people sign up. It was incredible! We had people perform who had never played in public before. And The Best of Open Mic was amazing, too! The performers and the audience let us know that they wanted to do this again. And now here we are!”