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Tongue & Groove hosts a monthly open mic in Raleigh, NC. In person when we can, online when we must.

Every second Sunday, we welcome poets, musicians, and storytellers to co-create a night of ephemeral creativity. (Sorry, no comedy.)

Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7:30. Slots are 7 minutes.

Anna Weaver hosts the show, with much help from Chief Timer & Archivist Sarah Egan Warren, and the Voice of the Dovetail* Andrew Warren. We are organizationally unaffiliated, but grateful fans of the Meetup group Living Poetry.

Why join us? Because you have poetry, music, or stories to share. Because you love local talent and want to hear what the artistic souls in your city have to say. Or because you think that shared creativity in the form of an open mic night just might save the world.

All our shows are free for audience and performers. Beer, soda, and soda water available. Donations gratefully accepted.

Covers welcome. Originals encouraged!

If you want to perform:

  • Drop your name in the hat anytime from 6:30 PM on.
  • At 7:15 PM SHARP, we draw names for 15 seven-minute slots.
  • If you're present for the drawing, you can choose your slot.
  • If not, we will assume you've been waylaid by pirates and fill from the end of the list to give you plenty of time to chew through your bonds or parlay for your freedom.
  • Halfway through the show (~8:45PM), we draw 3 more names for our bonus 4-minute shim slots.

If you don't make it on the list this month, come back next month!

*What's the Dovetail? A collective poem written during the show by the performers and audience.

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