Open Mic 2020

In 2019 we launched an amazing Open Mic Night and we are bringing it back for 2020. The event will be held each Wednesday at 7pm in January, February, and March of 2020. Each musician will be allowed up to three songs to perform. Each night will kick off with a professional video recording of one artist or duo. Terms and conditions below.

General Performance Guidelines​

  • We will provide the PA (a Bose L1), a 12 channel mixer, microphones (four SM58's), microphone cables, and instrument cables.

  • We do not have room for a full drum set. Solo artists and duos will fit best, though we have accommodated up to four players.

  • Performers must sign up at the bar or with the Open Mic Host. Signing up allows you three songs for the night. Depending on time, more performance time may be allowed after the entire list has had their chance. 

  • This is not a comedy or poetry event - it is a live music event. That means performers should have an instrument (guitar, ukulele, keyboard, harmonica, etc) and their voice.

Video Recordings

  • Recordings are pre-scheduled. If you'd like to apply for a recording, there is a form below.

  • Sorry to say, but recordings are only on Wednesdays in January, February, and March. We want a busy Open Mic Night, so that's why it's scheduled the way it is.

  • Videos will be professionally recorded at the expense of Ben's Brewing Co. We typically bring in three cameras, a slider, a crane, LED lights, two audio capture devices, and anything else to capture the best video possible.

  • While Open Mic performers are welcome to perform cover songs, those chosen to record must perform at least two original songs. 

  • This year we are only able to film solo or duo acts. Our space and film crew is too small for groups larger than this. 

  • Artists retain all rights to the song, but Ben's Brewing Co. owns the recording of the performance at Open Mic Night. That means we are able to upload to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or other sites. This may include syndicating to other Facebook pages (such as South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the artist's own FB page).

  • Artists will not get a copy of the raw footage and shall not download one. They can share out our links as they see fit, though. The bar's only upside to the very expensive production process is that we are the exclusive place to consume the media.

  • Ben's Brewing Co. will not sell the footage to any entity or enter into any new agreements without both parties (the bar and the artist) agreeing.

  • Applying to perform for a recording does not guarantee your place. We will select 13 artists and a couple alternates. A variety of factors go into the voting process.

  • We only accept submissions through the form below. Emails, texts, Messenger messages or any other format will not be considered.

  • Deadline to submit is October 15, 2019. 


If you are ready to throw your name in the hat, enter your email address below and we will follow up with some questions!

** Deadline has passed **



222 W. 3rd Street

Yankton, SD 57078

Tel: 605-260-4844

Open daily:

Monday-Friday 2pm to 2am

Saturday-Sunday 11am to 2am

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