The Great Open Mic Challenge: Day 2

  • October 14, 2019 - November 18, 2019
  • 575 Congress St, 2nd Floor
  • Portland, ME 04101

It is that time of year again! Autumn is nigh, which means: THE GREAT OPEN MIC CHALLENGE IS UPON US!!!

CALLING ALL: musical, storytelling, comedic, and poetic friends out there: This is your season. To be seen. To be heard. To impress yourself. To win some cool prizes. To sing, baby, sing your heart out.

Welcome to The Great Open Mic Challenge!!! Do you have a secret stash of future album covers? Do you secretly think you can sing better than Cheryl, Cher, or Withers? Do you think you can spit bars like Busta, Twista, or Snoopsta? Is Willie Nelson your spirit animal? Are your poems so heart-wrenching that people crumple into a pile of mashed potatas when they hear them? Do you think your jokes need a netflix spesh? Have you ever dreamed of recording your own album - of any kind? IF SO, then come to Empire this Fall and perform for your chance to participate in an event that brings these creative people together, and try your hand at winning some neat prizes.

Every MONDAY NIGHT (October 14th – November 18th) from 7-9:30PM

YOUR JUDGES (and featured performers) will be a serious slew of Portland professional musicians, critics, and producers, INCLUDING (in alphabetical order): Spencer Albee, Michele Arcand, Jeff Beam, Dan Capaldi, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Hannah Daman, Victoria Karol, Bri Lane, Dominic Lavoie, Aimsel Ponti, Lucas Salisbury, Joel Thetford, Just Milk, Viva, James Whalen, and MORE!



1st place: A free day of recording at Acadia Recording Company, and a gig at Empire Live Music & Events

2nd place: One song featured on FRANK FM in Rockland and Rock 103.6 in Portland, 25 printed promo CDs and a free "Maine Media Package" donated by Crooked Cove

3rd place: $100 to Buckdancer's Choice music store

Make it to Empire on one of these first five Mondays, play three songs (at least two must be originals) and try your hand at winning one of two best performances of the night, chosen by the aforementioned judges. On the sixth Monday, we will hold a Grannnnnnd Finale on NOVEMBER 18th where the top ten performers return for their chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Those winners will become the proud recipients of these game-changing prizes.

This is some exciting stuff, folks. For those of you looking for a creative community more than a “challenge,” we’d love to hear you also! After “The Great Open Mic Challenge” we will be resuming our regular, beloved Great Open Mic (not challenge) every Monday from 7-9:30. Empire, for those unacquainted, has a beautifully lit stage, excellent sound system, and a FOG MACHINE. You will feel like Rihanna. Or Sinatra. Or Maggie Rog Rog. JK you will sound like you with a sick sound system. When you play here, people will listen. Whether you are a seasoned performer, or have one piece you’ve been working on for months, you should come.

Tell your friends.
Tell your frands.
Tell your froindz.
Git your shiz out there.
Git your projects on the runway.
Meet Tyra http://Banks.Be">Banks.
Be nasty.
Drink canned wine.
...And more...

This is a 21+ event. Sorry kiddos.

Bands are welcome, but we cannot accommodate humongous drum kits that take forever to set up (small drum kits very much welcome).


The Great Open Mic was voted Best Open Mic in Portland, ME by the Portland Old Port Awards of 2019, and the Portland Phoenix Awards 0f 2018. Victoria Karol, (previous) writer at The Phoenix said it best: “Superlatives are mostly pointless in journalism, but let’s just break the rules once in a while because we can. THE GREAT OPEN MIC NIGHT on Monday nights at Empire is the best open mic in town. Lovingly helmed on the front end by the duo Kari Hodgens and Luna Colt, this open mic has a casual and jovial atmosphere that embraces the self-consciousness and awkward charm of an open mic.”


  • Presented By: Rad Plaid, LLC
  • Dates: October 14, 2019 - November 18, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: Empire
  • Price: FREE
The Great Open Mic Challenge: Day 2
  • October 14, 2019 - November 18, 2019
  • Empire
  • FREE
  • Recurring weekly on Monday