The week of May 29 brings us nine different choices for open mic entertainment. It doesn’t matter where you live in the Summit/Portage County area there is an open mic for you. 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, May 22 at 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 is seven minutes and music is three songs). There will be plenty of food and drink is 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.
On Tuesday, travel a little bit 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.
On Wednesday travel to 3609 Houston Rd. in Norton for the open mic at Houston Pub with your host Vince Paparella. The open mic is from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and then an open acoustic jam goes 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.
Also on Thursday, at 584 W. Tuscarawas St. in Barberton, is 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.
Finally, on Friday, travel out to beautiful downtown Cuyahoga Falls at 2704 Front St. for the Andrew Shepherd hosted open mic at the Silver Swan Tavern. Open mic starts at 8 p.m.
The Kave open mic was started by Michael Wilsterman (who unfortunately is no longer with us) and the stage at Kave is named after him. Michael’s love of music and getting the younger generation involved has been an inspiration to us all. David Gerrard has also been a large part of our success by help mentoring the kids and getting them on stage and overcoming their fears. David has been a part of the open mic since the beginning.