Open mic

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Wayward Kitchen Co. reflects on first year

Published Nov. 25, 2014

Next week, Wayward Kitchen Co., 1407 S. 1st St., will mark its one-year anniversary. To celebrate, Wayward has a new menu, a new open mic night and plans to soon offer growlers. OnMilwaukee.com recently checked in with owners Tyler and Megan Mason to chat it up and look back on 2014.

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Open jams let musicians stretch out

Published Nov. 12, 2012

Jam sessions are a great way for musicians to learn improvisation and meet kindred spirits. Local guitarist Michael Hecker shares his favorite weekly jam sessions with OnMilwaukee.com.

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Live band backing turns open mic up to 11

Published June 24, 2012

The concept of open mic isn't new, and zillions of bars do it. Even in Milwaukee, you have several options to stand on a stage by yourself and wow a crowd or send them scattering with your own homegrown tunes. But put a real band behind you, and suddenly your own songs can take on a new life. Your chord progressions and lyrics, amateur as they may be, sound like finished pieces with guitar, bass and drum solos.

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A spring sprint to the finish line

Published March 21, 2011

For as much time as I spent thinking about these Spring Training trips all year long, they actually come and go pretty quickly. This year's was no exception.

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St. Francis gets its Fixx

Published Nov. 15, 2007

With all the condos going up along the lake, St. Francis resident Shari Franz saw a perfect spot for her new coffee shop, Fixx Coffee House.

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Safe House open mic gets laughs for amateurs

Published Jan. 5, 2005

Besides our politicians and sports teams being a joke, there are real comedians who've used Brew City as a crutch in their careers. And wannabe-comedians on the prowl for stardom can test their material at the Newsroom Pub's open mic night.

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Open mic guide

Published April 24, 2003

Milwaukee's got a healthy open mic scene for both the aspiring writer and musician. Get some first-hand tips from poetry reading expert Geo Kiesow, manager of Y-Not II's Poetry Slam. Then use our handy guide to find the right open mic night for you.

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Let's take it to the stage

Published Jan. 30, 2001

You don't have to be Bono or even Sonny Bono to belong on stage. If you've got a song to sing or a story to tell, go ahead, we're listening. Here's a guide to some open mics in town.