Open Mic brings back tradition
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 15:09
Since 2007, UTM has been holding Open Mic Night on a semi-regular basis throughout the school year. While they advertise the event on marquees and flyers throughout the campus, many students do not seem to know much about the event.
According to Jim Nance, the man behind Open Mic Night, the idea for the event came from memories of his youth. He thought back to years ago when he would listen to live music and readings at coffee shops.
When the Captain’s Coffee arrived at the library, lightning struck and Nance’s idea came to fruition.
“I thought it would really add to the ambiance of the student experience, if we could add those sorts of things to our coffee bar,” Nance said.
Throughout the years, Open Mic Night has been held in various locations, particularly in front of Captain’s Coffee. With such an open location, many may wonder if there is a form of censorship at the event, as to stray from offending their peers.
“We have no guidelines as far as language and songs performed. If you’re comfortable saying it in public, we’re going to allow you to say it,” Nance said.
One may hear vulgarities at the event, but it’s often in a very artistic manner. While acoustic music is the main performance, it’s not uncommon to hear poetry or even stand-up comedy.
“I don’t think it should be limited to just acoustic performance music or even music in general. I think it should be all encompassing,” said Derek Ivy, Assistant Technician.
As far as limitations to those wishing to perform, amount of talent is not an issue.
“All you need is an idea and a way to share it. If you have something to say and want to come out, feel free to do so.
Open Mic Night is a free arena for self expression,” Ivy said.