The Great Open Mic Challenge

Monday - October, 28 @ 7:00pm

Welcome to The Great Open Mic Challenge!!! Round Three. Special venue change - we'll be at Blue (650 Congress St). Tonight's guest judges and featured performers are Dan Capaldi, Susanne Gerry, and Spencer Albee, making the hard decision of which two performers will move on to the grand finale, held on November 18th at Empire.
Do you have a secret stash of future album covers? Do you secretly think you can sing better than Cheryl, Cher, or Withers? Do you think you can spit bars like Busta, Twista, or Snoopsta? Is Willie Nelson your spirit animal? Are your poems so heart-wrenching that people crumple into a pile of mashed potatas when they hear them? Do you think your jokes need a netflix spesh? Have you ever dreamed of recording your own album - of any kind? IF SO, then come to Empire this Fall and perform for your chance to participate in an event that brings these creative people together, and try your hand at winning some neat prizes.


1st place: A free day of recording at Acadia Recording Company, and a gig at Empire Live Music & Events

2nd place: One song featured on FRANK FM in Rockland and Rock 103.6 in Portland, 25 printed promo CDs and a free "Maine Media Package" donated by Crooked Cove

3rd place: $100 to Buckdancer's Choice music store

Doors at 6. Show at 7.
No cover charge but ya must buy something!!
See you there or see you turn into the shape of a square.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, July 6th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, July 6th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Thursday, July 7th

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Maine Middle Eastern Ensemble

Thursday, July 7th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Showmen’s Rest

Thursday, July 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Bird at Sea

Friday, July 8th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.