WESTERLY — Young musicians in grades 6-12 have a new way to showcase their talents.

Beginning Sunday, the United Theatre and the Knickerbocker Music Center will present "Youth-on-the-Mic" a new open-mic series for students who want to perform, sing, or play music in front of a live audience.

United Theatre Artistic Director Tony Nunes said he was "super excited" to share news of the program and proud to be the producer.

"This falls right in line with our mission," said Nunes in an email, "and represents the kind of program the theater hopes to create for young artists in the area."

"We are building a community music school at the theater in partnership with The Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School," Nunes added, "and we see the idea of music education extending beyond just lessons to include active presentation."

Nunes said he is thrilled to offer a space for young people to play along with "a community of music lovers eager to hear them."

The first "Youth-on-the-Mic" will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Knickerbocker Tap Room from 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m and sign-ups for a spot are on a first-come basis. Solo singers, solo instrumentalists, and small bands are welcome, Nunes said, but the space is restricted in size and has no room for a drum kit. For now, Nunes said, "Youth-on-the-Mic" will be on a bi-monthly schedule, with the next one in January.

"If we have a large turnout and a lot of interest from young performers, we will eventually move to the larger Cascade Room at the Knick, and consider doing the event monthly rather than every other month," Nunes said.

For more information, contact Nunes at 401-363-3010 or tony@unitedtheatre.org.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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