Letter writer: Open-mic nights should be part of Best of WNC poll

Graphic by Lori Deaton

I was wondering why there was not a “best of” category for open-mic nights in your Best of WNC survey. Many music lovers love this sort of venue (listeners as well as performers), and there seem to be quite a few in the greater Asheville area.

The open mic at Zuma Coffee in Marshall has been successful going on two years now, and it’s the perfect setting for musicians wanting to try their hand at performing onstage. Open mics are a vital part of the entertainment scene in any city, and they generate a large, loyal following.

Thanks, and your magazine is wonderful.

— Greg Speas
Mars Hill

Editor’s note: Mr. Speas: Thank you for your suggestion. Each year, we receive a number of suggestions for categories to add. And each year, we re-evaluate the existing categories and consider potential new ones in an effort to improve the Xpress Best of WNC poll.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “Letter writer: Open-mic nights should be part of Best of WNC poll

  1. Kat McReynolds

    Great suggestion! I’m adding it to my notes for next year and will bring it up at that time. Another reader suggested best podcast, which would also be a good addition. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.