Big Fish | Stage Left Open Mic | August Feature

Stage Left Open Mics meet second Friday of every month, Woodstock, Illinois.

Big Fish is the featured performing group for our August 13 Stage Left Open Mic.

Stage Left Open Mics are held on the 2nd Friday of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

Off Square Music invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to participate in the Open Mic Nights. Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, Open Mic Night offers a supportive atmosphere with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Would You Like to Perform?

Big Fish is the featured group for the August 11 Stage Left Open Mic (L to R, Marty Brunkalla, Kent Fishburn, Deb Firak, Al Fife).
Big Fish is the featured group for the August 11 Stage Left Open Mic (L to R, Marty Brunkalla, Kent Fishburn, Deb Firak, Al Fife). – see them on Facebook @ BigFishtuneshttps://www.facebook.com/BigFishtunes/

Performing slots are 15 minutes or three songs, whichever comes first. In addition, there will be a featured performer taking the stage for a 30-minute set.

As we get underway with live events, be sure you’re on our email list for information about all our upcoming events! Sign up in the left column of any page on the site. Send your music-loving friends and family to sign up too.

You don’t have to perform to enjoy Open Mic Nights. Just come on out for the live music and Woodstock’s charming atmosphere. Off Square requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including Open Mic Nights.

To sign up to perform, email Mike Breen at offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by an Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Open Mic nights are:

  • August 13 – Featured performing group: Big Fish
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12

If you would like to contribute to Off Square Music, please use the Donate button in the left column of every page of this site. We look forward to seeing you in August.

Stage Left Open Mics June-November 2021

Stage Left Open Mics meet second Friday of every month, Woodstock, Illinois.

Stage Left Open Mics are held on the 2nd Friday of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square. As we get underway with live events, be sure you’re on our email list for information about all our upcoming events! Sign up in the left column of any page on the site. Send your music-loving friends and family to sign up too.

Off Square Music invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to participate in the Open Mic Nights. Whether you’re just starting out as a performer or are a seasoned veteran, Open Mic Night offers a supportive atmosphere with an exceptional performance space and sound system.

Performing slots are 15 minutes or three songs, whichever comes first. In addition, there will be a featured performer taking the stage for a 30-minute set.

You don’t have to perform to enjoy Open Mic Nights. Just come on out for the live music and Woodstock’s charming atmosphere. Off Square requests a $5.00/pp donation to support our many music activities, including Open Mic Nights.

To sign up to perform, email Mike Breen at offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by an Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

Upcoming Open Mic nights are:

  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12

Event Cancellations Info

Woodstock Opera House & Stage Left Café—all public performances and gatherings in both locations are cancelled until further notice, whether produced by the Opera House or other groups.

First Saturday Open Mic scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been cancelled.

Please check here for event updates on Off Square’s website and the Woodstock Opera House’s website at https://www.woodstockoperahouse.com/operahouse.

2nd Friday Open Mic at Stage Left on February 14, 2020

To sign up to perform, email offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by the Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

On Friday, February 14, 2020, our featured performer will be Jim Bartholomew and he will perform from 8:30 to 9:00.

During the last four and a half decades, Jim Bartholomew has been an Entertainer. From his earliest days growing up in a working class Polish neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago, and suburban Roselle Illinois, Jim has considered among his foremost influences the great crooners of popular music, the singers and songwriters of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly, the British Invasion, Country and Western, Polka, and Soul Music. For more information on Jim click here: https://jimbartholomewmusic.com/

Open Mics are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square. (See below for more info.)

The 4th Friday Concert Series will be booked for the months of February, April, September and November – in which case the Open Mics will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month.

January 9, 2020 Open Mic at Stage Left Cafe

On Friday, January 10, 2020 at 8:30 pm, our featured performer will be Hannah Frank.

Hannah is a live audio technician with over twelve years experience, currently at Chicago venues Original Mothers and Uncommon Ground; also Publicist of Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast and CAUDog Records.

Some of Hannah’s inspiration comes from Son House, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone.

Open Mics are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

To sign up to perform, email offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by the Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

When the 4th Friday Concert Series dates are booked, then Open Mics are only held on the 2nd Friday of each month.

New Year’s Eve Party and Annual Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 31, 2019Off Square Music will host its New Year’s Eve Party and host its annual fundraising event! 

Read all about Off Square Music’s activities throughout the year. We rely on community support for not only bringing live music and concerts, but also provide opportunities for anyone interested to express their own talents in songwriting, poetry and musical prowess to our very creative community! https://offsquaremusic.org/about-us/

Join in the fun as we welcome 2020 (wow!) in typical Off Square Music style with Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes and lots of great live entertainment, delicious pizza, champagne.

The open mic will begin at 8:00, delicious pizza will be served at 8:15 and champagne at midnight. Tricia Alexander is bringing non-alcoholic champagne.

There is a $15 per person suggested donation. 

December 2019 Stage Left Open Mic

On Friday, December 13, 2019, 8:30 pm, our featured performer will be Mary Lai. Mary has a beautiful voice and we are looking forward to hearing her again.

Open Mics are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

To sign up to perform, email offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics. If you stop by the Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

When the 4th Friday Concert Series dates are booked, then Open Mics are only held on the 2nd Friday of each month.

October 2019 Open Mics at Stage Left

Stage Left Open Mics meet second Friday of every month, Woodstock, Illinois.

October Open Mics will be held:

  • Friday, October 11th
  • Friday, October 25th

Open Mics are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month from 7 – 11 p.m. at Stage Left Cafe, 125 Van Buren St. on the historic Woodstock Square.

To sign up to perform, email offsquaremusic@gmail.com, Subject: Stage Left Open Mics.. If you stop by the Open Mic Night early in the evening, there might even be an available slot that same night.

When the 4th Friday Concert Series dates are booked, then Open Mics are only held on the 2nd Friday of each month.