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Northland Ballroom

Open Mike
Every Wednesday at 8pm

Hosted by Art Stevenson and High Water

N10103 State Road 49
Iola, WI

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  • Submitted by Nigel E.
  • Last updated: September 5, 2013

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This shouldn't be billed as an open mic. The musicians who run the event are very talented, but extremely selective about who gets to play. It's a great bluegrass show, but don't come expecting to get on stage.
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Frank (9/2013)
I have not attended this open mic personally. Please add comments.
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 Nigel E. (3/2006)

This is really a more of an open bluegrass jam, but open mic performers are welcomed and given stage time. I was the only solo performer when I attended (8/30/05).

The evening starts with a set from host Art Stevenson and Highwater (good bluegrass band and Art is an incredible harmonica player: worth the trip for this alone). Part of the set is recorded for a radio show on UW radio station Sunday mornings: open mic participants may be invited back to be guests on this show. The early crowd is local people dining, with UW Stevens Point students joining later. This is a local institution (6 years).

After the open mic (just me that evening) the band is joined by local bluegrass/country musicians and singers who are weekly regulars.

There is no signup - ask someone to point to Art and let him know you'd like to play.

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I can't recommend this as a great open mic but it is a great time in a very unlikely location.

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 Nigel E. (3/2006)
list and map List the 5 clubs with open mikes in this area.

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