As the Neil Diamond lyrics go, “Sweet Caroline (bum bum bum), good times never seemed so good, I’ve been inclined (bum bum bum), to believe they never would. Oh, no, no.” Now, I don’t know what this has to do with Open Mic Night this Thursday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m., but we’re gonna sort through this together.
I guess you could say, like Neil Diamond, all of the performances at Open Mic Night really cut to the heart and soul of the performance model as a whole and focus on the human aspect of art rather than the corporate money making agenda? Nah, you’re right, sounds too corny and made up.
Maybe the performers are Neil Diamond? Hmm, too obvious….
Okay, I give up. Open Mic Night at CWU is nothing like Neil Diamond. And dare I say, that’s a good thing (sorry Neil).
What is Open Mic Night then? Well, for starters, it’s the best thing you could ever do on a Thursday night and I’m comfortable with that statement. Where else can you experience a slam poet light up the stage with words that cut like a table saw one minute followed by a beat-boxing flute player the next? Open Mic Night, that’s where.
Where else can you hear an emotional motivational speech one minute and a beautiful piano cover of “Breathe” by Anna Nalick the next? Open Mic Night, that’s where.
Where else can you hear a completely unique and fresh rap duo one minute and a stand-up comedian the next? Dare I repeat myself again?
Needless to say, CWU’s Open Mic Night (nearly) every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the SURC Pit is the most bang for your buck you’ll ever find (mostly because it’s free). Come on out this Thursday for a night you, me and Neil will never forget.
*Drops the mic*