The venue in summer and early fall is outdoors-ish--enclosed by a roof, and surrounded by a stage, and chairs at the Fire and Water Yoga Studio & Juice Bar in Amherst. People may sign up with slips of paper that are drawn from a bowl. Performers are offered 10 minutes (or two songs.) The Open Mic begins at 7:30 pm and continues until 9 pm. Between 9-10 pm are the evening's featured performers. Additional performance time for those who signed up earlier in the evening continues between 10-11 pm as needed. A range of performance styles including spoken word, standup and instrumental are welcome--the emphasis is on providing a supportive and respectful environment for emerging performers, with a showcase for established performers as well.