The popular weekly open mic at The Speakeasy has become The Speakeasy Songwriters Open Mic, an open mic of all (and only) original or public domain music. The new format begins Thursday, Sept. 1; the event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. as before.

The Speakeasy, 2 Park Drive, under the Eclipse Restaurant, has joined the ranks of many local venues that have stopped hosting public music events due to the cost incurred by performance royalties fees. The announcement was made Aug. 26 via social media. The weekly open mic, begun at the now-closed The Highlands Coffee House in Thomaston, moved to the Rockland club in June. It is hosted by local musician Vince Gabriel.