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MU engineering student Amanda Prescott participates in karaoke at Eastside Tavern.

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Sing as you are

Bars and concert venues host open mics and karaoke nights.

By Elana Williams | April 14, 2015

Tags: Downtown Columbia Music

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Hey you! Do you love jamming to Beyoncé at 2 a.m.? Do you get yelled at by your roommates for singing too loudly in the shower?

Find a new way to express your inner diva with this list of open mics and karaoke in town. Get out, get down and meet some fellow music lovers in the process.

Ramblers’ Club: Every Monday, Rose Music Hall hosts an eclectic group of storytellers and musicians who take turns claiming the stage. Each artist signs up in advance via the group’s Facebook page and then receives a 15-minute slot to do whatever they want. Join the club if you want to be part of a unique, new tradition full to the brim with the heart and soul of mid-Missouri. Come and watch if you want to get in on the free music, good food and a great mix of people.

The Bridge: The Bridge has an open mic night every Tuesday. Sign up is at the venue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and any type of performer is welcome. The show starts around 8 p.m. (depending on the night) with no cover charge. Are you sensing a trend here? Here, artists get 20 minutes to perform, and open mic nights are known to go pretty late (we’re talking past midnight here, guys).

Eastside Tavern: Okay, so maybe open mics are too intimidating for you. Why not get your feet wet with a little karaoke instead? Everyone’s drunk and your friends are the only ones listening; it’s the perfect place to hone your skills for The Bridge or Rose Music Hall in the future! What makes Eastside so special? Well, every Thursday night, the dive bar of The District hosts a karaoke sesh starting around 8:30 p.m., and it goes until close. Eastside offers a chill, geeked-out environment where anyone can feel comfortable singing their heart out.

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