Open Mic Night Policies

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The Tupelo Open Mic series prides itself as a showcase for emerging talent and uses this platform to develop artists as support acts on our weekend stage. On a typical evening you’ll find around 20 performers and an audience of up to 100 folks sharing an amazing level of diverse talents.

The series is run by Dave Clark, local musician and owner of Yellow House Media. Tupelo's Open Mic series also provides a feature slot, in which an artist we are seeking to develop will perform a half hour set around 8:30pm. This feature act, on occasion will showcase an established, national touring performer, who may be looking to add a Thursday date to their routing.

Here’s how we do it at Tupelo Music Hall:


The Open Mic series is typically held on the first Wednesday of each month. Occasionally we have to make room for a National Artist, so sometimes the Wednesday, and occasionally the day of the week will change. Please always refer to the schedule on our website..

There is a $5.00 admission fee.

Signup is between 6 and 7:00 pm. Performers choose when they get to play so get there early and pick your time slot.

We start at 7pm and each performer will get two-three songs. Please prepare to go promptly when your name is called. For unusual sound needs, please see Dave Clark or Doug Phoenix, our sound engineer, in advance of your set.

The stage is generally set with two vocal mics (Shure 58s), two instrument mics (Beta 57s) and two DI’s…. We’ll supply the ¼” cable too. The stage also has a 1907 Steinway Baby Grand piano which is available along with a vocal mic.

The feature act goes on around 8:30pm and plays for a half hour. We “Pass the Hat” for the feature act during their performance. Please contribute whatever you feel is appropriate and remember, this is how they get paid for the evening.