One of Spokane’s best options for open-mic-nights occurs Wednesday nights at Geno’s. Located at 1414 North Hamilton Street, it is situated right across from Gonzaga University. Known for its great pizza at reasonable prices, Geno’s dining room gets packed with music-hungry students and budding musicians. There are even a few middle-aged guys singing ’80’s pop songs thrown in the mix. If you’re not there by 9:00 pm don’t plan on getting a good seat.
Be Open Mic Night is not a typical open-mic experience. With a talented backing band complete with keys, drums and bass, Michael effortlessly transforms from emcee to singer to poet to rapper to event promoter. It feels more like a night club act than the traditional set-up of lone microphone and a stool set up in the corner of a coffee shop. The audience is frequently encouraged to participate in the performance. Clapping and singing along is a must.
If you are a timid performer don’t worry. Michael has instituted a policy of mutual acceptance and appreciation. No boos or hisses, only applause and cheers for everyone. First-timers are encouraged to get out their guitars and croon to a group of friendly strangers. He stated that he has had all ages of performers at the mic including a 10-year-old who got up and gave his best.
If you are working on an original song or pouring out your passion in a poem then you should give Be Open Mic Night a try. Comics and beatboxers are also equally welcome. Just come and get your name on the Michael’s list. Don’t worry, he’ll probably introduce himself to you.