Musical performers of all genres invited to Spartanburg venue for open mic night Friday

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By Lucy McElroy

Spartanburg concert venue, GroundZero invites performers of all musical genres to showcase their talents at open mic night Friday at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend the free event.

“We have a huge sound system and lights,” GroundZero owner and manager, Mick Minchow said. “It’s the same production and stage that famous bands play on.”

GroundZero has been Spartanburg’s first and only rock music venue since 1996, with over 20,000 Facebook followers. The venue has hosted popular talents such as Incubus, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Slipknot.

Interested performers need to sign up before 7 p.m. Friday and time slots will be assigned after the final call. Performers will need to bring any instruments they intend to play, but microphones, cables, stands, and a PA system will be provided.

There will also be karaoke at the event, which Minchow describes as “GroundZero style.”

“We’re not going to limit people to mainstream song choices,” Minchow said. “Now, with YouTube, we can get almost any song lyric video.”

There is a bar on site with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Tables, chairs, and couches are spread across the venue and there is an outdoor seating area for comfort.

“My place is the only place where everyone is truly welcome,” Minchow said.

GroundZero is minutes from the USC Upstate Spartanburg campus at 3052 Howard St. Parking available on site.

More information and upcoming events can be found at



Lucy McElroy is the Editor of The Carolinian. Email Lucy with story ideas, information, staff inquiries and advertising.

Special thanks to Andrew Cooke at ACPhotoWorks, GroundZero owner Mick Minchow, and Spartanburg rap artist “Samuel AKA” for their contributions to this article.