Underground Open Mic: The house party sound finds a home at Yacht Club

Local musician Rachel Feldman plays a performs at a recent Underground Open Mic -- photo by Megan Schroer
Local musician Rachel Feldman performs at a recent Underground Open Mic — photo by Megan Schroer

Underground Open Mic

Yacht Club — Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Kate Kane, guitarist of Iowa City pop-punk band Lipstick Homicide, recently created a new space for local artists and supporters to share their creative endeavors. The Underground Open Mic night happens every Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Yacht Club and though it has strong following among the rock and punk musicians, the mic has featured a wide variety of performances.

“So far we have had a lot of acoustic acts, bands, a rapper, a few poets, even a few high school bands have played before,” Kane said. “Everyone is welcome!”

The Underground Open Mic show brings more to the table than just another place to perform. The show brings a vibe that is comparable to an oddly welcoming, sweaty house show where you see everyone holding a can of cheap beer while bumping elbows with the person next to them.

“It has a more intimate setting where you feel closely connected to the crowd,” Kane said. “Mostly the crowd is made up of people who have already performed open mic before, or are regular attendees who are very supportive of all the acts. There is no pressure to put on a ‘professional performance.’ people can just get up and express themselves however they want.”

Looking toward the future of the Underground Open Mic series, Kane hopes to see the word spread around town creating an influx in both first time performers and audience members along with the continual promotion as a welcoming venue where newbies can feel at home.

“I think a lot of people want to get on stage and perform, but have reservations about performing in front of a crowd,” Kane said, “Underground Open Mic is the perfect place for them to begin!”

For those interested in getting on stage at The Yacht Club, performers can sign up one to two weeks in advance by messaging the Underground Open Mic Facebook page.

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