AUBURN — The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse will celebrate the 12th anniversary of its Open Mic & Poetry Slam at the First Universalist Church of Auburn on Friday, March 9. Since 2006, the free monthly show has drawn people of all ages who share the spirituality of music and spoken word.

Guitars and singers are to be expected, yet Open Mic has welcomed belly dancers, poets, rappers, storytellers and dogs performing over the years. Participants say they like this monthly show for the excellent sound quality and the focus on the performer, unlike other open mics in the area.

Locals may recall that a dozen years ago, a musical “scene” had sprung up around Cafe Bon Bon in Lewiston. When the cafe closed, some members of the First Universalist Church of Auburn decided to provide an outlet for all that creative energy. The Pleasant Note has continued on, consistently attracting new performers of all ages, along with its regulars.

Watch the 10th anniversary show, featuring originals only, at this link: shot and edited by Karen Hill.

The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse presents Open Mic & Poetry Slam at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. (enter on Spring, across from Dairy Joy). It is handicapped accessible and refreshments are available.

FMI: 207-783-0461 or

The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse celebrated its 10th anniversary at the First Universalist Church of Auburn. It will note the 12th anniversary on March 9.

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