Open Stage

Open Stages at The Ark take place on select Wednesdays throughout the year. Please check our calendar for scheduled dates.

How many performers?

A total of 15 performers are chosen to play each Open Stage. A group or performer is given eight minutes (or two songs) to do their thing.

How do I sign up?

Sign up works like this:

  • The doors of The Ark open at 7:30 pm.
  • At 7:45 pm we randomly select the names of those who will play during the first half.
  • At 8:30 pm we draw the names for the second half.
  • While it varies greatly, we usually get around 30 performers or groups looking to play.
  • If your name isn’t chosen on a night, bring your raffle ticket with you to the next Open Stage and you’ll have twice the chance to play.

Who is the host?

Ark Open Stages are hosted by Michael Shelata, a long time area Open Stage performer.

What does it cost?

Entry at Open Stage cost $3 or $2 for Ark members, students, or seniors. Open Stages are free to Ark members at the Solo level and above.