NORTH BENNINGTON -- Vermont Arts Exchange’s Basement Music Series is excited to introduce a new Community open mic to the lineup of events in May. This new night of music will showcase musical talents from the surrounding colleges, as well as the Bennington musical community at large.

The show is set for Friday, May 16. doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. A $5 suggested donation at door.

Local musician Deena Smith will host this first Open Mic. Performers can sign up at the door.

This event hopes to bridge the gap in the musical community between the college students of the Bennington area, and the local musicians, providing a sharing of musical talent and the true diversity of sounds Bennington has to offer.

Vermont Arts Exchange is a fully handicapped accessible facility. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the 2014 Basement Music Series season, vacation art camps, classes or workshops, contact VAE at 802-44-25549 or visit vtartxchange.org.