Open Stage


OpenStage PerformersOpenStage was initiated in 2002 by MGS member Dennis Burns to give guitarists of all styles and abilities the opportunity to experience the joy of playing for one another. We focus on acoustic guitar of all styles, especially finger-style and classical. We're always happy, however, when someone comes to share a different style or brings along friends with other instruments as long as guitar is the featured instrument. Our focus is on having fun, enjoying the music, as well as helping one another to grow more comfortable performing. We're also always very happy to have folks come to listen as an enthusiastic and supportive audience. We hope you'll join us!

What to Expect

OpenStageSign-ups begin about 15 minutes before the official start time. Performers sign up and perform in a first come-first-served order. Each player is asked to limit their performance to 8 minutes to accomodate 12-14 players.

At the start time, the host will welcome everyone, make relavant announcements, and may often play a piece or two. Each performer is then called up to perform in the order on the sign-up sheet. When you're called up to play, please introduce yourself and let folks know what you'll be playing. Don't hesitate to let the host know if you need any help getting set up with foot stools, music stands, mics, cables, etc.

Time permitting, anyone who wants is welcome to return to the stage for a second go, once everyone on the sign-up has had a chance to play. Folks will often hang out and socialize after the performances are over, sharing thoughts, swapping music, and generally being guitar geeks.

2018-2019 Schedule

All meetings are on the second Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m.

  • September 9, 2018
  • October 14, 2018
  • November 11, 2018
  • December 9, 2018
  • January 13, 2019
  • February 10, 2019
  • March 10, 2019
  • April 14, 2019
  • May 12, 2019


OpenStage is hosted at The Underground Music Cafe in Falcon Heights, about 10 minutes from either Minneapolis or St. Paul downtown.
The Underground Music Cafe
1579 Hamline Ave N
St Paul, MN 55108
They’re really easy to get to from Highways 35E/W, 94, or 36!

Sign me up!

If you'd like monthly e-mail reminders and notices of special OpenStage events, please send an email to requesting to be put on the OpenStage mailing list.  We also post our schedule on the MGS Calendar at


OpenStage was begun as a way for folks to gain experience and grow more comfortable playing for one another. Regardless of experience and technical ability, it's common for performers to experience increased adrenaline, nervous energy, and/or symptoms of performance anxiety when playing in public.  One of our key goals is to help people develop their own personal strategies to channel this energy into more fun and confident playing.  Here are a few links to online resources that might help.