Folk Open Mic

The Folk/Acoustic Open Mic night at TCAN has been a tradition since its inception in 1997.

Click here for a schedule of Folk Open Mic events at TCAN.

TCAN Folk/Acoustic Open Mic night isn't about individuals so much as it is about a feeling: Hallways filled with artists tuning vintage guitars, changing strings of steel and quietly rehearsing fragments of lyrical poetry; nervous first-timers hitting their stride on a high note or a magical turn of phrase; seasoned veterans rediscovering their music by sharing new songs and old favorites with appreciative audiences of supportive peers. 

All musicians and spoken word performers are invited to participate in this bi-weekly event. Come early to sign-in as a performer, or to get a great seat for one of the most successful and entertaining open mic nights on the East coast. Each Folk/Acoustic Open Mic night features a variety of new and experienced performers, followed by concert presentations by the featured artist of the evening. Come and see why TCAN has become the gathering spot to see and meet local artists and nationally recognized touring performers.

Events: Folk Open Mic events are scheduled every other Tuesday night. Admission is free for active TCAN members, $5 for non-members.

Registration: Open to all ages. Participants sign up on arrival, and each perform one song (original or cover) in order. Time permitting, the rotation repeats until the end of the evening. A fifteen minute performance by a guest performer is scheduled at each Folk Open Mic event. These features are selected in advance by the Program Director.

Additional Information:  Signup begins at 7:30pm and performances begin at 8:00pm. Please do not arrive prior to 7:00pm without prior approval of the Program Director. The TCAN Piano is available for performers to use. Musicians may bring CDs, postcards, and gig cards for distribution.

Questions? Please contact Mark Stepakoff email


With three acclaimed CDs and a host of songwriting awards, Boston-based singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely regarded as one of the area's sharpest songwriting talents.  The many awards bestowed upon him over the past few years include First Prize in both the Great American Song Contest and American Songwriter magazine's lyric contest (twice); he is also a five-time finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, a two-time semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and received an Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (folk category) and each of the last three years in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase. Mark's music has been played on nearly a hundred radio stations all across the U.S. and abroad.