Potter’s Last Stand: A Tribute to Our Open Mic Host’s Final Night

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Greetings, Dear Blog Reader,

You might not know me, but my name is Courtney Byelich – and for the last 3 years or so now, I’ve advised WUD Music. Often, upon finding out that I advise the students that book the bands on UW’s campus, the next question people ask is something along the lines of, “Wow. You must see a lot of bands. What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen? Who’s your favorite band?” And to that end, my answer is simple. My favorite program always and forever will be Open Mic Night.

The Wisconsin Union’s mission, simply stated, is to help folks in the campus community make connections with one another. I might be biased, but I think that WUD Music is pretty good at this. We facilitate somewhere in the neighborhood of six concerts a week, of varying styles, genres, and instrumentation. We garner thousands of people each year, dancing in front of the stage, sitting back listening to the music, and clapping for their favorite performers. Open Mic though, takes all of this and puts the opportunity into the hands of our community members to provide entertainment, to learn from their performances, and to develop a local audience.

For the last three years our Open Mic host, Martin Potter, has helped each of our performers do just that.  Usually wearing his signature duck hat, Martin plays one song at the beginning of each set, and then facilitates the next three hours of music from anyone who wants to perform. From determining if the mics are positioned appropriately, to loaning out his guitar in a pinch, Martin has made sure that everyone who performs with us feels comfortable and welcomed.

I’m sad to report that Martin is moving to California at the end of this Fall, and as a result, his last Open Mic Night as host will be on Wednesday, October 8th. In celebration of three great years of service as Open Mic Host, I’d like to invite you to save the date, and join us for some cake and a brief ceremony to thank Martin for donning his duck hat on our behalf.

Martin Potter’s Last (Open Mic) Stand
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
7:45pm, Der Rathskeller
Cake will be served! (While supplies last)

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