Open mics for the week of June 5

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The week of June 5 brings us 10 different choices for open mic entertainment. It doesn’t matter where you live in the Summit/Portage County area there is an open mic that you can attend. Come out and play or listen to this unique part of the area music scene.

We start off the week on Sunday with the open mic at the Outpost at 4962 state Route 43 in Brimfield. This open mic is hosted by the R & D Duo and will start at 2 p.m. and go until 5:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the party/picnic atmosphere with the outdoor stage.

In downtown Kent on Sunday, June 5 head to the Euro Gyro found at 107 S. Depeyster St. The Host is Nick Fleming. The action starts at 8 p.m. This open mic is for stand-up comedy and music (comedy gets seven minutes and music is allowed three songs). There will be plenty of food and drink available. Always a great night of music and laughs.

Also, on Sunday we have an open mic at the Bailey Road Tavern. Jesse Kisner aka Hobo Jesco is the host. They have food and drink specials, patio seating and a very chill vibe. The address is 2920 Bailey Rd, Cuyahoga Falls. This open mic starts at 9 p.m. for all the night owls out there and will go until 2:30 a.m.

On Monday, the open mic will be taking place in the Highland Square area of Akron at The Matinee on 812 W. Market St. This open mic is hosted by Bert Stevens at will start 7:30 p.m. with signups beginning at 7 p.m.

Also on Monday is the open mic at the Salem VFW hosted by Joyce and Hippy. The address is 496 Arch St., Salem. This open mic starts at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.

On Tuesday, travel a little bit to the west to Akron (1947 W. Market St.) for the open mic night at
the Mercedes Tavern hosted by John Markovich. This event begins at 7 p.m. with signups at 6:30 p.m. Great atmosphere with good music and friends to meet or make.

Also on Tuesday, is the monthly open mic at the Kent Lanes on 1524 S. Water St. Come on out and say high to your hosts Jake and Jeff. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

On Wednesday travel to 3609 Houston Rd. in Norton OH. for the open mic at Houston Pub with your host Vince Paparella. Open Mic from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and then an open acoustic jam until 11 p.m.

On Thursday at the Divine Restaurant found at 2752 Hudson Dr., Cuyahoga Falls is an open mic hosted by Landon Kearns. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Food, spirits, and music are all available. Please check this one out.

Finally on Thursday, at 584 W. Tuscarawas St. in Barberton. Open mic night at the Kave Coffee Bar, where it is youth and novice friendly. Your hosts are Christopher Haught and Hansen Risley. The open mic starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m.

Venue spotlight

Tavern 1888 was started by Sandy Knotek because her dad always wanted a bar and restaurant and after 6 years, Tavern 1888 is still growing. Knotek loves being part of the Ravenna community and helping to build this downtown community. Knotek says the funny thing about her building is when it was built 1888 was stamped on side of building. “It’s like being home,” she said. The Tavern 1888 open mic is every other Monday. They also host a car show on Tuesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, and some live music on Saturdays.

Please join our Facebook group, Portage/Summit County Area Open Mics for all the upcoming Open
Mics in the area.

Jeff Gambone
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