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Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night

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The City of Tempe has CANCELED all events until further notice, in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about large gatherings and the benefits of social distancing in minimizing community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Walk-in Wednesdays, the region's best open mic night,offers musicians a chance to play their songs in a friendly, attentive atmosphere void of noisy nightclub indifference.

Musicians (acoustic preferred) and poets are welcome. Performers are allowed two songs or two poems not to exceed 10 minutes total. This includes set-up and take down. Musicians must provide their own instruments or recorded music. CDs and IPods are preferred. Covers and original music are welcome. Microphones, music stands, P.A. system provided.  No cover charge


Wednesdays | September through November; January through May.
5 - 6 pm (Youth/high school and younger) | Sign-up:  4:45 pm
6 - 10 pm (All performers) | Sign-up:  5:00 pm

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Your Host

Tempe favorite Walt Richardson, II, has been singing, writing songs and playing guitar as far back as he can remember. At one time in his life he was planning to pursue a career in bio-chemistry. That was when he learned the power of music and live performance.   


WIW 10 yr anniversary 6 558x372“Standing alone with a guitar gives me freedom of expression, and for me, that’s where it all begins,” Richardson said. “It is an intimacy that touches each audience member and gives rise to the message behind the music.”   Richardson’s vision and dedication have been instrumental in the success of Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night and in its sister event, the Songwriters’ Showcase.  

“I believe that inspiration is one of the greatest gifts we can share with each other, and music allows me to share this gift,” Richardson said. “I truly believe that the emerging performing singer/songwriters and the community in attendance tonight will walk away feeling inspired and highly entertained.”

Listen to Walt Richardson’s “My World of Music” via streaming audio. Walt provides artist interviews, current event topics and local, national and international music. Live from Noon - 2 pm on Saturdays, playback from 9 am - 11 am on Mondays.

* Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night is not intended to serve as a recital site.

TCA's live music programs receive support from:

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his project is also supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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