What do Irish folktales, a harmonica, and a flowered journal filled with sharp, well-organized words, have in common? A night at Tongue & Groove, an open mic hosted by Anna Weaver, Sarah Egan Warren, and Andrew Warren.
Surrounded by contemporary art at the VAE gallery in downtown Raleigh, creatives gather every second Sunday of the month to debut work and share vulnerable thoughts.
This event blends poetry, music, storytelling, and the occasional interpretive dance together for a passionate night of co-creation (sorry, no comedy at this show). Tongue & Groove proudly celebrated six years in February.
“There are a couple of things that are really important to me [during this open mic],” Anna told RALtoday. “One is that just by virtue of coming in, even if you aren’t sure if you’re going to perform, you have a role in the energy of the space.”
Here’s how the night flows: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and sign ups begin at 7 p.m. Pro tip: Arrive early if you want to land a spot on the list (around 15 people perform each night). The show starts at 7:30 p.m., sharp, and performers have seven minutes on stage to show off their craft. Plus, there are a few special performances sprinkled in at the end.
The encore of the night is The Dovetail. “We do a collective poem that everybody has an opportunity to add a line to,” Anna said. Once it’s complete, a volunteer will dramatically read the group’s original work.
So, are you looking to show off a new song or poem, or do you have an art to share? Bring your work to the next Tongue & Groove open mic on Sunday, April 9. There is no cost, refreshments are donation-based, and the vibes are just right.