Bearcast hosted their final Open Mic Night of the semester on Monday, March 27th. As usual, musicians, poets, and comedians entertained the audience, but with a twist: rather than teaming up with Catskeller, Bearcast hosted Open Mic Night in Mio’s on Vine Street.
We caught up with Promotions Director (and Open Mic Night professional) Liela Crosset to see how the night, and overall semester, went.
There was a good mix of acts at this Open Mic Night. What do you think were some of the highlights?
L: I think Jody Jones and Grand Ace rapping, along with Kyler from Misnomer playing guitar was a highlight from not only this Open Mic, but overall.
I know in the past Open Mic Nights have been in Catskeller. How was this one different? What were some positives or what would you change?
L: I think the switch to Mio’s was a really positive change because there’s a fun atmosphere that feels more lively. It’s tough to hear acts like comedians so I think we’ll ask about their upstairs space in the future.
This was your last Open Mic Night. What do you hope comes out of the event going forward?
L: I hope people continue to do Open Mic Night next year. It was never part of the promotions job description. But ever since Bearcast put on one Open Mic my freshman year that didn’t go so great, I’ve been really determined to create a positive and welcoming space for students to play their music and try performing—many of them for the first time,
Any advice for people who want to participate?
L: If you want to participate in Open Mic Night just go for it! There’s always someone more or less talented than you, but it’s so rewarding to share your passions in a public space. Also BE PREPARED! There’s nothing more award than being in the audience for a comedian who decided to “wing it,” trust me.
Anything else you want to add Liela?
L: I’ve loved being able to make this event happen once a month and I hope it’s tradition can live on and give a voice to amateur performers across campus.