AUBURN — The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse will celebrate the 13th anniversary of its Open Mic & Poetry Slam at the First Universalist Church of Auburn on Friday, March 8. Since 2006, this free monthly show has drawn people of all ages who share the spirituality of music and spoken word.

Guitars and singers are typical guests, yet Open Mic has welcomed belly dancers, poets, rappers, storytellers and trick dogs to perform over the years. Participants say they like this monthly show, with its excellent sound quality and the focus on the performer, unlike bar open mics.

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 Auburn UU church decided to provide another 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, shot and edited by Karen Hill.

The Pleasant Note Coffeehouse presents Open Mic & Poetry Slam events at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Auburn UU, 169 Pleasant St. (enter on Spring Street, across from Dairy Joy). Accessible; refreshments available.

For more information contact 207-783-0461 or