Hickory -The six year old Open Mic Night coordinated by Hickory Music Factory has found a new home at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse in downtown Hickory.

In 2010, Tony Eltora, Executive Director of Hickory Music Factory and local guitar teacher, started taking his students out into the community to perform at local restaurants and coffee shops so they could gain experience playing out live and give them a goal to focus on. Through doing so, he quickly realized that there were a lack of places where the youth and adults in the community could go and play music and hone their skills before a live audience.

Eltora reached out to Copperbean Coffee where he began hosting monthly Open Mic Nights for the community. Over the years, thousands of amateurs and touring musicians have stopped by to play a few songs and support the musicians. Recently the Open Mic has moved to Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse and Gallery(29 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC) where Eltora plans to continue the series for years to come.

The Open Mic meets the last Saturday of each month from 7-10pm and everyone is welcome to come and play or listen. A P.A. and microphones are provided and acoustic instruments are encouraged. There is a sign up sheet if you would like to perform and it is first come first serve.

The next Open Mic will be on Sat June 25th, 7-10pm at Taste Full Beans downtown Hickory, NC. For more information, please contact the Hickory Music Factory at 828-308-5659 or contact@hickorymusicfactory.com

Photo: A previous HMF Open Mic Night