NOTES ON PERFORMING AT OPEN MIC
We can play any backing track or MP3 file from any portable electronic device that has a standard headphone jack (including cell phones, ipods, ipads, tablets, etc).
No more than 1 - 3 people per act. Full bands are not permitted to perform during Open Mic. No drums kits.
We an outstanding sound system with a PA, but we do not have any house instruments onsite. Artists are expected to bring what is needed for their performance.
OPEN MIC COMPETITION
Winners are chosen at each of our Open Mic Nights each week. Twice per year, in January and July, all of the winners are invited back to compete in our annual Open Mic Finals Competition.
In order to perform in the Final competitions, you must be invited. All of these events are open to the public and since crowd participation is important, we ask performers to bring along their family & friends!
Finalists will get 5 minutes of stage time (or one song each), and original material is encouraged. Even if you are invited to both, you may only perform at one.
Winners are chosen based upon the following categories: Performance, Song, Musicianship, Crowd Reaction & Participation, Other.
Prizes for top 3 performers usually include: Shure Microphones, Cash Money, Greenstar Brewing & Uncommon Ground Merchandise, Radio Play, On-Air Radio Interview, 30 Minute Artist Photo Shoot, Your Own Show at Uncommon Ground, Opening Slots at Chicago Venues, Studio Recording Time, Artist Exposure: Press & Media, and much more...