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Wednesdays at AMX:
8-11 PM – Open Mic Free for 21+, $5 for 18+
11 PM – 1:30 AM – The Beat Connection* Free and 21+ only
*featuring a performance from a standout AMX artist weekly!
Starting on July 7th, 2016, Austin’s best hip hop open mic event Austin Mic Exchange will be moving from its current timeslot of Tuesdays from 11PM-1:30AM to Wednesdays from 8-11PM at the same location, Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. Austin Mic Exchange will continue to operate as it always has, with a primary emphasis on providing a consistent weekly platform for Austin hip hop artists to network, test new material, and develop their art.
To fill out the Wednesday hip hop programming at Spider House, AMX is also launching a brand new event to follow AMX each Wednesday from 11PM-1:30AM. The Beat Connection
with Marcelandrie and Dr. Bobby Banner, MPC will make its debut Wednesday, July 7th at 11PM, and will feature weekly showcases of Austin’s growing cadre of producers and beatmakers curated by native Austin musician Marcelandrie, as well as an emcee-friendly interactive cypher with live on-stage production, and one weekly 20-minute performance set from a rotating standout performer at AMX. To boot, Austin Mic Exchange will also present a touring or local headliner artist on the last Wednesday of each month.
This is a step forward for AMX, which has operated at Spider House Ballroom weekly since September 2012. Moving to an earlier time on Wednesdays not only allows us to bring in a more diverse and larger crowd that may have been limited by our late weeknight status, but also to expand the scope of content we can present. Wednesdays at Spider House will be a full celebration of independent hip hop under the AMX umbrella, and we are very excited to have the chance to more officially embrace our local beatmaker community. Together Austin Mic Exchange and The Beat Connection aim to strengthen Austin hip hop and expand our shared resources, and with our new time, we can finally present an open mic, producer showcase, and artist performances on the same night. The two events will run Wednesdays from 8PM – 1:30AM at Spider House Ballroom. The open mic format and sign-up rules will remain intact from 9-11 PM.