Open mic tonight at NWIC Tulalip

Northwest Indian College’s Tulalip site will host an open mic tonight, Friday the 13th, for students and community members to showcase their talents.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 162 of the Tulalip Tribal Administration Building, 6406 Marine Drive in Tulalip, and is free and open to everyone and any type of talent.  Performers can sign up as they arrive. 

This is the third open mic at the site. NWIC Tulalip hosts the open mics on the second Friday of each month.

“The Tulalip Open Mic has taken off in popularity and increased in the skill levels displayed just in the past few months,” site manager Renée Roman Nose said. “Students are gaining confidence, self-esteem, they are editing their work and their performance skills are greatly increased.”

Roman Nose is a published poet who frequently participates in poetry readings and attends other open mic nights. She started the open mics at Tulalip as a way to help students develop their skills.

“As a performer myself, I wanted a way to share my skills and interest with our students to help them, just as others helped me when I was their age,” she said.

While this is a chance for students to share their work, it’s also an opportunity for Roman Nose to help students gain public speaking skills. In addition to performing, students also get to be the MC. There is a different student MC each month.

“This is a win-win event,” Roman Nose said. “Our students have a great time, many of them sharing heartfelt and moving poetry or songs. Each month has been better than the last.”