Open Mic Info

Join DCCN and co-host River Park for a live, in-person, outdoor open mic on Thursday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.! Jeff Hamlin will be at the piano, and Tracy Simpson will host. Bring your sheet music if you want to sing, or just come on by and enjoy an evening of music with your cabaret friends.


For your safety, microphone covers will be provided for each singer, and hand sanitizer will be available/required for performers. Please be mindful of distancing. Masks welcome!


Singing will begin promptly at 6:30. Feel free to come early to visit! Seating may be limited, so bring a blanket.


Street parking is limited, but River Park (288 N St SW, Washington, DC 20024) is very near the Waterfront metro station. River Park is a gated community, please dial the front desk from the gate so they can buzz you in.


Sign up in advance by emailing host Tracy Simpson at, or sign up onsite the day of the event.


No cover, but donations to cover the fee for the pianist are greatly appreciated!


We can't wait to see and hear you in person!


NOTE: In case of inclement weather, this event may be cancelled. We will post on Facebook and notify via our mailing list in case of cancellation, so please check before you head out!



Helpful Hints for a Successful Open Mic Performance


1. Please have music for the piano player that is:
         -- Clearly readable from a distance of 24 inches

          -- Clean and flat with all the pages IN ORDER

          -- Ideally (but not necessarily) in a three-ring binder.


2. Clearly mark your music for any changes of tempo or key.


3. Have the music in the key you need. The accompanist is not expected to transpose on sight.


4. It is probably not a good idea to bring a song that only Rachmaninov could play on a first viewing! Always have a backup song that’s easier to play if the first is too complicated.


5. Before you begin, quietly sing a few bars in order to convey the tempo you want. Clapping or snapping your fingers can be off-putting.


6. With the advent of electronic devices, please don’t place a small screen like a cell phone or iPad mini in front of a pianist and expect them to be able to read it; much less scroll and play at the same time. Personal devices are fine, as long as the screen is large enough for the notes to be legible.


7. It is also a good idea to be somewhat familiar with the song. Reading from the sheet music or a lyrics sheet is perfectly acceptable, however not knowing the song can turn into an exercise in futility.


8. Do not let the music director take control of the song – he or she is following YOU and supporting YOU, not the other way around.