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Open Mike:  On the night of performance, performers sign in on the board for one of 10 available 12-minute slots (first-come basis). A 10-15 minute break occurs after the first 5 slots. The allotted 12 minutes includes set-up time. A $1 donation is requested from each person (audience and performers alike) to help support Club operational costs. 

Showcase:  A modified Open Mike format that occurs the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  One Club member is selected and given a double-length set (usually the last two slots during the first half).


Concert:  An evening of entertainment from among the best of regional, national, and international talent. Reservations are required and include a donation for the performer(s).  Usually, 4 single-song slots are available before the main performance, which are filled, as with Open Mike Night, on a first-come basis.


Party:  Twice a year, in May (to celebrate our birthday) and December (a Holiday Party), The Club hosts a party with a modified format and special attractions.  Performers sign up for single-song slots, and after each 3 song set, a free raffle takes place for CDs brought in by volunteers.  At the half-time break, there is free cake provided for all.  If all song slots are performed before we run out of time, we start at the top of the order and continue to the end of the evening.


5th Tuesday:  An 'Open Mike' format, but entirely un-amplified.  No PA or other amplification equipment is used, and only acoustic instruments and vocals are featured.  A return to the pub-style environment that inspired The Club's founders.



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