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Tuesday Night NYC Showcase + Open Mic - Music/Poetry/Spoken Word/Comedy

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Parkside Lounge

317 East Houston Street

New York, NY 10002

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A 3-hour open mic in downtown Manhattan, NYC that includes music, poetry, spoken word and comedy.

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NYC's hottest weekly indie showcase + open mic in one of NYC's hottest downtown Manhattan performance venues - The Inspired Word @ The Parkside Lounge!

All Covid restrictions have been lifted, per the NYS guidelines set on June 16. Masks are optional, though we recommend that unvaccinated wear for their own protection.

$13 Early Bird Special ticket, available up to 4 days prior to the event, includes $5 drink ticket. ***Limited Availability***

$15 regular ticket, available up to 5 minutes before the event, includes $5 drink ticket. 

Non-Alcoholic options available.

Age limit: Strict 21+ (Must bring valid ID)

When: EVERY Tuesday Night

Where: The Parkside Lounge317 E. Houston StreetManhattan, New York 10002


By Subway: Take the F to Second Avenue. Go up the 1st Avenue stairs and head East on Houston Street.1

Doors open @ 6:30pm.

25 slots, 7 minutes apiece for anything spoken, 8 minutes for singers/musicians (if you have backing tracks bring them on either mp3 player or smartphone).

This is a VERY popular open mic. We STRONGLY suggest you purchase a ticket in advance to guarantee a performance slot. Make sure to purchase ticket with your desired time slot window.

You must arrive at least a half-hour before your slot window. 

Full backline. Honky-tonk piano and 72 key Casio semi-weighted keyboard. Cool stage. Comfy cabaret-style seating. Cheap drinks, including the Bailout Package (shot of whisky + 22-ounce beer) for only 8$, and $2 non-alcoholic options available.

A warm, supportive community of artists. Real crowds. And a great place to network.


You can pay online (to guarantee a slot) or at the door. 

Make sure to bring a printed out version of your ticket/tickets or be prepared to show your ticket/tickets (with confirmation number) on your phone. Also, bring a valid ID, as this is a strict 21+ venue.

Please Note: No TRANSFERS or REFUNDS will be granted, though you are welcome to find REPLACEMENTS for your tickets.



Soundboard: Allen and Heath 8 channel (mono) board with reverb/delay features and phantom power


8 - quarter inch cables

2 - quarter inch-to-XLR cables

11 - XLR cables


1 - Ampeg SVT-350T bass amp

1 - Sunn Stinger 35 (01680) solid state guitar amp

1 - GC 50 (UT50 11621) solid state guitar amp

1 - Roland Stereo Mixing Keyboard Amp (KC-300)

1 - Roland Stereo Mixing Keyboard Amp (KC-500)

DRUMS (drummer needs to bring sticks, cymbals, and clutch)

Tama Swingstar kit

1 - bass drum

2 - tom-toms

1 - floor tom

1 - Pearl Signature Series Snare drum

1 - hi hat stand

1 - ride stand

2 - cymbal stands

1 - bass drum pedal

1 - Pearl drum throne


2 - sheet music stands

2 - keyboard stands

1 - straight mic stand

4 - boom mic stands


2 - Shure 12-A's

1 - Shure sm58

1 - Samson R21

1 - AKG dynamic

2 - Shure sm57's

2 - Samson C01 Studio Condensers


1 - Sidekick Passive Direct Box (DIB-443)

1 - Horizon Straight Line Passive Direct Box


Also, please check out our other open mics:

Every Monday night at The Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston Street, Manhattan), 7-11pm - https://nycmondayopenmic.eventbrite.com


Produced by the long-running Inspired Word open mic series, which has featured Grammy winners, American Idol finalists, Golden Globe Award winners, Obie Award winners, Emmy nominated actors, and HBO stars, The Inspired Word open mic is open to ALL types of performing artists - comedians, musicians, storytellers, singers, poets, fiction/nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word artists, performance artists, dancers.


Produced by Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word


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Parkside Lounge

317 East Houston Street

New York, NY 10002

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Organizer Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word

Organizer of Tuesday Night NYC Showcase + Open Mic - Music/Poetry/Spoken Word/Comedy

Founded and produced by longtime New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is one of the hottest open mic/performance events in the country, happening every week in NYC and having featured some of the finest original performers in the country. Past features include Golden Globe award-winning actress Jill Eikenberry, Emmy/Golden Globe nominated Amber Tamblyn, film/TV actor/comedian Taylor Negron, actor/comedian/TV personality John Fugelsang, Grammy nominated singer Carolyn Malachi, American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson, and HBO Def Poetry stars Shihan, Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Regie Cabico, Gemineye, and Beau Sia. For more info, please visit:





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