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Philly Rising Open Mic presented by REC Philly


Tue, Feb 7
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
Doors: 6:00pm | Show: 8:00pm
On Sale Soon

**This event is FREE, no tickets required! Reservations are highly encouraged.**

The Lounge is a full-service restaurant & bar that opens at 6pm – check out our dinner menu here.

World Cafe Live is a nonprofit independent venue where artistry meets social impact. Every purchase helps support our free music education & community programs. Click here to learn more.

Covid Policy: Unless otherwise stated, World Cafe Live will follow the City of Philadelphia’s current Covid-19 guidelines. 

Philly Rising Open Mic
World Cafe Live is partnering with local movers & shakers REC Philly to bring you an evening of musical collaboration, inspiration, and networking. The first Tuesday of each month, we’ll welcome performers from every genre to step up to the mic. Whether you’re an artist, a supporter, an industry professional, or just a music lover – Philly Rising Open Mic is the place to be! Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome.

Performers will be selected by lottery. Please check in with our host beginning at 6pm to enter your name, walk-up submissions only. Each performer is allowed 2-3 songs, or a maximum of 10 minutes.




Kara Koser has been writing songs since she was nine years old and has always dreamt of following in the footsteps of strong female-led sensations: such as Paramore, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac. Early on she identified challenges with mental health, including debilitating bouts of performance anxiety and substance use disorder. Even though this made pursuing music extremely difficult, Koser would still sing, write, and compete, taking home many singer/songwriter honors. In 2018, Koser openly found sobriety, which unironically led her to a 3-month-long singing contest in 2019. This was the most difficult of its kind and the first time she’d take the stage sober. A surprised, exhausted, and grateful Koser finished with first place and it changed her. This ignited and supported an inextinguishable fire to pursue a singing career– long-term. Koser quit her 9-5 and it was game on.

In 2020, Koser’s plans to move fell through due to the pandemic. The only spot in the city on limited notice was in Manayunk– which Koser wasn’t initially thrilled about. However, her new abode happened to be down the street from The Grape Room, one of the town’s most vibrant open jam clubs. Koser would go alone every Wednesday to work on her own improvisation skills. It was there that the soon-to-be 5 piece pop/rock/funk formation found each other. The musical chemistry was immediately apparent! They spent a short 2 months working, writing, and playing together and unanimously decided (well, besides Kara) to name the new crew after the lead singer. Month 3 of being together saw a win for a national contest to perform at a 15,000 person festival catering to women and queer folk. The band played cross-country for a week, which solidified that they not only had the potential to be a great band, but be amazing friends as well.

KOSER is recommended if you like the soul of Amy Winehouse, the experimental pop of Lady Gaga, and the indie rockability of Metric. Whether you’re in the mood for dancing with strangers or crying in the car alone, KOSER’s got a tune for you. Mike Trischetta is the band’s resident shredder, who toured with All That Remains right before lockdown began. Chet Williams, who mainly plays saxophone, can easily pick up any of the other instrumentation KOSER provides and blow the roof off. KOSER’s drummer, Collin Montgomery, played professional ice hockey before trading skates for sticks. Justin Niemiec is another virtuoso who KOSER aptly named the band’s Musical Director. With an arsenal of genre melting songs and an enormous amount of drive, KOSER is entering 2023 with big plans that they’re excited to share with the masses.

“KOSER is the up-and-coming secret weapon live events dream of” – The Inquirer.