Stage Left Open Mic May 12 | Mark Hobbs Featured

Mark Hobbs is a singer-songwriter with a passion for real music about real life.
Mark Hobbs is a singer-songwriter with a passion for real music about real life.

Stage Left Open Mic, Mark Hobbs featured performer, coming right up FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023. Stage Left Open Mics get better and better since we came back to Friday evenings. It’s so good to be back on Fridays! Great crowds, wonderful music.

Save the date, 7:00 pm/CDT (doors open 6:30 pm CDT). Please join us at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St., Woodstock, on the historic Woodstock Square.

These monthly events offer a delightful evening of music and friendship. We hope to see you — performing or enjoying the performances.

Stage Left Open Mic in May – Mark Hobbs featured performer

Mark Hobbs is a singer-songwriter with a passion for real music about real life. A bus or a train or a break up. A county fair or a trailer park….inspiration comes in from every direction.

Mark finds inspiration in the everyday and invites listeners to see beauty and interconnectedness in the otherwise seemingly ordinary. He writes songs chiseled out of real experience that echo in the souls of his listeners, offering a fresh perspective on life.

Mark has loved music for as long as he can remember, teaching himself how to play the guitar as a teenager and singing popular folk and pop/rock tunes. Writing poems and songs about the things he experiences comes naturally, and his original tunes have earned him a loyal following throughout Northern Illinois.

For over ten years, Mark has performed at venues in the Midwest. He is a familiar presence on the local folk scene. Right out of the gate, Mark starts with writing insightful, well-crafted songs that stir the senses with vivid imagery and sensory memories. On this solid base, Mark serves up his songs with a rich, clear, and resonant voice and intricate guitar arrangements. Both his voice and his guitar arrangements serve as an excellent canvas for his visceral soundscapes and allow the spirit of his material to really sink in and resonate.

There have been people, places, experiences, and ‘visions’ that all found their home with Mark Hobbs, an extraordinary human who enjoys connecting the dots to find relationships between all things. We get to come along on the adventure.

Stage Left Cafe May 12 – Check Out Mark Hobbs’ Music

Mark’s songs will leave imprints on your heart, and it’s likely that you’ll experience the full gamut of emotions, from heartache to laughter, during his intimate performances. You’ll clap your hands, snap your fingers, and tap your toes. And you’ll find yourself singing the choruses to his songs long after the concert is over.

Here’s where you’ll find Mark’s music — lots of good stuff to hear:

And here’s a sample of Mark playing a song he wrote. For more, come on out to Stage Left Cafe on the evening of May 12.

Flap Jack......Mark Hobbs original ( 2010 ? )
Flap Jack……Mark Hobbs original ( 2010 ? )

Want to perform? Sign up now – here’s how:

Spaces at these Open Mics always fill quickly. If you haven’t already, please visit this page (or use the button below) to complete a one-time informational form. Once you submit the form, then return to that page any time to request a performance spot in any of our venues.

You can also contact the event organizer directly, for Stage Left Open Mics, Keith Johnson,

What is the Stage Left Open Mic?

Off Square Music Stage Left Open Mics. Same great event, new day of the week - 2nd Wednesdays of every month.
Off Square Music Stage Left Open Mics. Same great event, new day of the week – 2nd Fridays of every month.

These Open Mics, brought to you by Off Square Music, are monthly events on 2nd Fridays in Woodstock. Performers — musicians, singers, poets, and others — come together to connect with a live audience in a wonderful, family-friendly environment.

Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, our audience provides a supportive atmosphere. Stage Left, part of the Woodstock Opera House, adds to that ambiance with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Off Square Music requests a $5.00/pp suggested donation to support our many music activities, including these Stage Left Open Mic nights.

Important note to all performers and attendees

Masks are currently optional, and we do not require proof of vaccination. Please be thoughtful of your neighbors.

Bookmark this page

Bookmark and return to this page for updates — and after the event, performer’ lists, pictures from the event, selected music, and comments. It’s a great way to “re-enjoy” some wonderful music.

Want to Know More about Off Square Music?

The best way to know what’s going on in local music is to visit the Off Square Music website Calendar regularly. Here are other ways to keep up with us:

  • Visit our website frequently
  • Sign up for our mailing list, right column of every page of our site, and
  • Check out Off Square Music on Facebook (, Twitter (@OffSquareMusic) and Instagram (offsquaremusic).
  • Visit our growing music library on YouTube.

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