Yes, it’s small. Yes, there’s only one microphone. Why? In our experience, we Bookhouse fellows have found that some of the best performances happen in the smallest spaces: tiny bars, living rooms - anywhere where space is tight and resources are limited. There’s something magical about playing and enjoying music in the intimate confines of a little room. Lucky for us, our taproom came with a little room - and we put a stage in it.
So, if you like performing in a space where you can engage with every member of the audience, where there’s minimal sound equipment between you and them and there are no TVs to distract, this stage is for you. Solo acts and small groups fit in easily here, but we also welcome larger groups who have a sense of adventure and are game for making it work in a tight space and having fun with it.
We aim to host a diverse mix of performers, so whether you’re a harpist, barbershop quartet, poet, bluegrass band, jazz pianist, essayist, vibraphonist, deejay, string quintet, yodeler, biology lecturer, beatmaker, emcee or magician and you’re willing to perform for beer, we’d love to hear from you.
If you want to take the stage for a spin, we host open mic night every Tuesday, 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays are for music, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays are for spoken word (hosted by Kevin of Barnhouse Journal). No sign-ups required beforehand - just show up!