On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Gibbs House and WIDR FM co-hosted an Open Mic Night and Dessert Potluck! The historic Gibbs House is located on Parkview Ave and is home to the Gibbs House Fellowship, a program of WMU’s Office for Sustainability. In order to host the event, the Gibbs House Fellows (including me! I live there!) rearranged our living room to accommodate. We set up a “stage” in the corner (ft. WIDR’s gear and our dying fern, R.I.P. dear Fern), and chairs and couches lined the walls. By 7:15 p.m., the place was packed. The dining room tables were covered with vegan and non-vegan desserts thanks to all those who brought food. Socked feet and guitar cases filled the living room. Friendly faces from all over the WMU community bustled through the house.
Almost a dozen acts played throughout the night. Most of the audience enjoyed the show while sitting close together on our comfy wooden floor. The majority of performers played instruments and sang, both covers and original songs. I was personally pleased by how many people were brave enough to share original -sometimes new, never performed- songs during their set. Those who stumbled through chords, forgot lyrics, or hit those notes nice and good were lovingly encouraged with small cheers from the audience. After each song, the big old farmhouse filled with clapping and cheering. The entire event was a very uplifting experience.