Rockford, IL is suffering from a decay of open mics and places where poets and the like have a place to share their abilities and talents. Although a couple still exist, Bookworm Cafe’s open mic and Rockford College’s open mic, there were more to choose from, and for a while, things were booming here.
Open mics and their crowds are up and down, that’s a part of the scene and the culture of cities. However, in my humble opinion, open mics and literary events create the culture and excitement that cities like Rockford, IL need. Open mics and literary events have helped develop and make this city a place where people have enjoyed all forms of art and expression.
I had an open mic venue on Sunday nights at the former Salvino’s at the Clock Tower Resort. And that’s exactly why it no longer exists, Salvino’s is not open anymore. We created a nice environment and had poets and performers showing up to showcase their creativity for local crowds. We were excited: we were providing a venue that existed on the weekend. Rockford had not had that here, so it was refreshing.
I hope we can get back to the earlier days of a true open mic for the literary scene. I don’t see myself being the captain of the ship of an open mic, I am all tired out from the experience. It’s time for me to move on. However, I’d be willing to consult any person, venue, or group who wants to make something new happen in this area. The poets and the people who love poetry and literature will thank you! Trust me.
Until then Rockford, and the surrounding area, enjoy what’s here and dare to make your own ideas and venue happen!