Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night offers musicians a chance to play their songs in a friendly, attentive atmosphere void of noisy nightclub indifference. Musicians and poets are welcome. Performers are allowed two songs or two poems not to exceed 10 minutes total. This includes set-up and take down. Musicians must provide their own instruments or recorded music. CDs and IPods are preferred. Covers and original music are welcomed. Microphones, music stands, P.A. system provided. Light food and beverages available from Atlasta Catering and Events.
No cover charge
6-10 p.m. (all performers)
5-6 p.m. (Youth/high school and younger)
January through May; September through November.
All ages sign up (6-10 performance): 5:45 p.m.; Youth (5-6 performance): 4:45 p.m.
Sale of merchandise requires a 30-day Tax License or an existing Tempe tax license. Information: 480-350-2955. Notify the TCA at least 48 hours prior to the date that you choose to sell.
Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night is not intended to serve as a recital site.
Note: The Jan. 1, 2014, open mic event has been cancelled. The Winter 2014 season will begin on Jan. 8.
Your Host - Walt Richardson
Tempe favorite Walt Richardson, II, has been singing, writing songs and playing guitar as far back as he can remember. At one time in his life he was planning to pursue a career in bio-chemistry. That was when he learned the power of music and live performance.
“Standing alone with a guitar gives me freedom of expression, and for me, that’s where it all begins,” Richardson said. “It is an intimacy that touches each audience member and gives rise to the message behind the music.”
Richardson’s vision and dedication have been instrumental in the success of Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night and in its sister event, the Songwriters’ Showcase.
“I believe that inspiration is one of the greatest gifts we can share with each other, and music allows me to share this gift,” Richardson said. “I truly believe that the emerging performing singer/songwriters and the community in attendance tonight will walk away feeling inspired and highly entertained.”
Listen to Walt Richardson’s “My World of Music” via streaming audio. Walt provides artist interviews, current event topics and local, national and international music. Live from Noon-2 p.m. on Saturdays, playback from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays.
Walt Richardson photo by Michael Ging