Open Mic Night | The Best of Whats Next

Open Mic Night | The Best of Whats Next

You’re invited to take the stage at World Cafe Live at The Queen's weekly Open Mic Night and progressive talent competition. Held every Tuesday night in Upstairs Live, musicians check in at 6:30 pm to sign up for a 2-song performance slot. Slots are offered on a first-come basis. Performances begin at 7pm. Performance slots for artists using backing tracks are limited to 2 per week. Each performance is judged by a panel that may include our host, the WCL manager on duty and a representative from sponsors.

On the last Tuesday of each month,, the 3-4 weekly winners from the previous month will be invited back to the stage for a chance to perform a full set. At each of these monthly shows, the panel of judges will select a single winning act to be awarded a monthly prize package, and there will be a limited number of 2-song performance slots, so sign up early!

At the end of the year, all monthly winners will compete in a showcase on the main stage downstairs in the Copeland Theater, and one winning act will receive an Annual Prize Package.

Prize packages include gift cards from Accent Music, a music video shoot, band website and poster design and social media consultation from Planet Ten Multimedia, 20 one-color-print custom tees from Spaceboy Clothing, button and poster printing from Aztec and studio time from Scobell Recording Studio.

Please note that occasionally a featured performer will play an extended set (not eligible to win). On occasion, we are forced to postpone the signup time or cancel Open Mic Night due to private events or public concerts – please see our Facebook page for the most up to date info.

Some backline is provided; please bring cymbals, high hat, snare, pedals, cables, guitar/bass amps and keys.

Dan Orlando

As a triple threat singer, songwriter, and pianist, Dan is native to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dan’s music displays his smooth vocals that accompany a precise piano, groove-centric guitar, and drums to create a memorable sound for all to enjoy. His pop/rock and soul sound is often likened to the music of Billy Joel, Gavin DeGraw, and Coldplay. Before Orlando even began to speak, he was able to communicate through playing the piano. He began taking lessons at age six and continued this dedication when performing with many bands in High School. In his senior year, Dan became a solo artist and released the album “Stepping Stones,” which sold 500 units during it’s availabilty time on iTunes. Dan was able to convey his emotion through his newfound songwriting skills after a minor bump in the road with his band, Band of Hopefuls’. Today, Dan aspires to be a world-renowned artist that will able to impact people with his music similar to the way one of his inspirations, Elton John, has for him. Starting in September, Dan will be a regular performer at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, playing Upstairs every Friday through December.



All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. Cameras & recording devices are not permitted. Showtime and supporting acts are subject to change..

All Upstairs tickets are General Admission. Dining is available at World Cafe Live at the Queen. To be assured of seating for an event, dining reservations are accepted for Upstairs Live, our full service restaurant. We recommend scheduling your reservation time 1½ to 2 hours before show time. For more information and to see menus, please read the Restaurant Info.

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