It's safe to assume that most of us picture pretty much the same thing when we hear the phrase "open mic"—new acoustic crooners debuting their bedroom-bred ballads in front of a handful of their friends and a few regular drunks. One of Raleigh's loud venues, Volume 11 Tavern, has a cure for that common amateur hour: The Hard Rock Open Mic provides a forum for up-and-coming metal and hardcore bands to refine their chops in front of a receptive crowd.
"If you like to rock and rock loud, this is the showcase/open mic event for you," Steve Msarsa writes of the event in a post for the Raleigh Music Industry Association. His band, psychedelic hard rockers Motrendus, present the event alongside Volume 11. "You will finally be able to crank your amps up without fear of upsetting the acoustic sensibilities found at many local area open mic events. The only volume limitation? Don't be ear-splitting, painful or deafening. Know your gear, be loud and be good. That's all we ask."
Three to four groups are chosen to play a showcase after the open mic, so you're assured a curated show following the chaos. Consider it your weekly heavy gamble. —Jordan Lawrence
Sign-up for the free event starts at 5:30 p.m. The open mic portion runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with a showcase following immediately after.
Correction (Jan. 19, 2012): Steve Msarsa (not Scott Cannon) is the writer of the post and member of Motrendus quoted above.