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Detroit’s Spoken Word, Musical and Comedic Talents on Display at MusicTown’s Open Mic Nights


On the third Wednesday of every month, Detroit’s own spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, stand-up comedians and actors take the stage during an Open Mic session nestled on the second floor of Hockeytown Café.

Hosted by MusicTown Detroit; the free, monthly occasion gives people of all ages a chance to showcase their creative talents.

“All types of performances are encouraged, including but not limited to music performances, stand-up comedy or improv, spoken word, acting, monologues and dance,” said MusicTown Detroit executive director Annie Scaramuzzino.

Upcoming Open Mic nights are scheduled for May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21 and September 18. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. and performances start at 8 p.m. Participants who have beats or music for the MusicTown sound system should have the recordings available on their phone, tablet or laptop. MusicTown does not provide house instruments so musicians must bring their own.

In tandem with Open Mic nights, the bar at Hockeytown Café downstairs will also serve drink specials starting at 7 p.m.

Not interested in Open Mic nights? In addition to a modern performance space for 40-400 people, MusicTown boasts a recording studio, where live performances, storytelling nights, album release showcases, community events and artists meet-and-greets regularly take place.

Local artists and podcasters can even apply to use the studio for free, while music students can apply to record their school application recordings for free. Learn more at

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The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit represents $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus.