Suzanne Bird, the singer songwriter with the huge voice, is hosting Whoop & Hollar Open Mic and Jam Night, this Friday, Feb. 28 at the Legion.
The monthly open mic and jam, running October through April, is equal parts open mic and open jam session with a mini-concert to kick off the evening. Participants can bring their creative material to share with a supportive audience or an instrument for the jam.
Manitoba Métis singer-songwriter Suzanne Bird, is based in Portage la Prairie and will open the open mic and jam at 7 p.m. with a mini 30-minute concert before welcoming to the stage any artists who have signed up to perform.
“Suzanne delivers a real solid performance with powerful vocals and lyrics that resonate through your entire body and soul,” says Josh Wright, Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival artistic director. “Her music can be described as soulful and bluesy while incorporating elements of jazz and Indigenous roots.”
The Open Mic and Jam Night continues to attract both new and returning artists from across Manitoba who have showcased an impressive array of music, comedy, poetry, and hip hop.
Last month’s attendance and engagement were the highest since the event began in 2018 and organizers attribute the event’s success to strong partnerships, accessibility, and filling a niche in the community.
“Our festival and partner organizations have strived to create a safe space for artists of all skill levels and people of all backgrounds to gather, perform, make music together, and discover the immense creative spirit of our community,” explained Linda Omichinski, Whoop & Hollar founder and festival coordinator.
“From the feedback we’ve heard, the Open Mic and Jam Night has become a much-needed social club in town, something fun to do. It’s also free.”
Doors and registration open at 6:30 pm and the event runs from 7-11 p.m. this Friday.