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 12 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 7:55 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.
  • There are a total of 12 slots.
  • 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. If you miss out twice and bring both those raffle tickets with you, we’ll guarantee you a spot on your third visit.
  • If you bring along 5 non-performing friends with you to Open Stage you’re guaranteed a spot. Just check-in with our MC and your friends by 7:55.

Who is the host?

Ark Open Stages are hosted by Steve Johgart, a long time area Open Stage attendee and volunteer.

What does it cost?

Entry at Open Stage cost $3 or $2 for Ark members and seniors. Students are free with valid student ID. Open Stages are free to Ark members at the Solo level and above.