Box Factory for the Arts Open Mic Night August 25th

Box Factory for the Arts to hold Open Mic Night at the Box with hosts Nikki Gauthier & Rob Skibbe on August 25

Get into the Box for our monthly Open Mic Nights! In August our host is the duo of Nikki Gauthier and Rob Skibbe!

SUNDAY, August 25th, 7:00-9:00 pm. Doors will open to the public at 6:30. Nikki & Rob will start off the performances at 7:00. Email for your spot in the lineup.

There is no cover charge. Donations are encouraged and help to support our non-profit organization.

The Box Factory for the Arts exists to support and encourage the arts in all forms and expressions and to provide a space for artists of all levels to share their gifts. Open Mic Nights are the perfect opportunity for that! Each month we welcome folks of all ages to take to our stage and share their talent – be it music, comedy, spoken word, dance… you name it! All are welcome to come out and support artists and the arts.

Please keep in mind that the Box Factory for the Arts is a family friendly venue, so we do ask that you keep your performance respectful of all ages.


Never one to seek the spotlight, something changed for Nikki when she hit 40! Suddenly her longtime love for the piano, learned at her grandmother’s side from the age of five, together with her brave new voice, started finding a home on open mic stages in the area. Nikki’s midlife artistic pursuits include a new love for painting, too — all of which led to her current work as Marketing and Programs Manager for the Box Factory for the Arts which was the home to that first Open Mic just two years ago. Her most recent performance was a tribute to Stevie Nicks as part of SMSO’s RESPECT 2 concert.

Rob has been dreaming of making music since he bought his first guitar at ten years old. Both a songwriter and a performer, Rob’s guitar riffs can take songs you’ve heard before and make them sound brand new. Rob’s musical credits began with the St. Joseph HS Jazz Band (1993-94) and include The Ground (2011) and The Rain Dogs (2013). His house band the Meanest and the Growl has been playing together since 1998.

The pair started making music together recently when Rob agreed to help Nikki learn some Fleetwood Mac tunes for that Stevie Nicks performance. Once they started playing together, neither one wanted to stop.