White Rock Coffee Hosts One of the Longest-Running Open Mics in Dallas

Welcome to The Weekly, where we'll tell you what's happening at various weekly musical events going on in DFW this summer. Some of them will be well-known scenes, some will be considerably less so.

Every Tuesday night between 8 and 10 p.m., White Rock Coffee on E. Northwest Highway opens the floor to musicians. A sign up sheet sits at the shop's counter, and last week it slowly filled in as musicians trickled through.

"We have been hosting Open Mic Night every Tuesday night since we opened eight years ago," says Nancy Baker, owner of White Rock Coffee. "It's not karaoke -- most of musicians are really talented and are just looking for a venue to play. Also, we use it as an audition to get booked on our weekend music calendar. We host music up to five nights a week."

Open mic volunteers play everything from acoustic Rhianna to Beruit to some of their own stuff. The set up is very casual, and the show goes great with a cup of tea and a conversation.

Who will you see there? Local Dallas musicians just having a good time. And as with any coffee shop on a Tuesday evening, study groups, hipster coffee dates and people forcing themselves to get a little work done.

When can you go? Every Tuesday evening from 8 to 10 p.m.

What's the cost? Whatever the price of the coffee shop treat you desire. Music's free.

Where do you get tickets? None!

Eating and drinking? White Rock Coffee is home to unique brews, including their own White Rock house coffee blend and a Brazil - Sweet Yellow Bourbon coffee blend.

What should I take? If you've got some work to do, the music is a nice alternative to an iPod. A friend for a conversation isn't a bad idea either.

Where should I park? There is parking around the shop.

While you're there... If you play an instrument, bring it along! The ambiance is very welcoming, so it's a great place to showcase your stuff.

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