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Best Open Mic

1st Place: The Mousetrap
2nd Place: Pizza Plus Artisan Night
3rd Place: Stones Throw

Before the major record deal or even a consistent schedule of gigs, many performers hone their craft as regulars at an open mic. The Chippewa Valley offers an assortment of opportunities for the aspiring musician or the established entertainer. Our trio of winners are all within steps of each other along Eau Claire’s newly renovated Barstow Street. The Mousetrap’s Sunday open mic has a long history of being hosted by some of the city’s most prolific artists. Working our way north, Pizza Plus opens the mic to virtuosos of all mediums on Tuesdays. Nearby, the historic Stones Throw offers the opportunity to get your weekend started early with a Thursday open mic. –Graham Barnes