Peoria’s Got Talent returns to the Betty Jayne

The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts

Peoria’s Got Talent returns to the Betty Jayne

Maybe you sing in the shower. Perhaps a hair brush substitutes as a microphone in front of the bathroom mirror. Or you sang lead in your high school play and always wondered if the stage beckoned beyond that. Perhaps you’ve tried your hand at creating a YouTube video. Maybe you’re just one of those people who’s never been able to drive past that bar on Karaoke Night.

Whatever, your time has come yet again at The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights, which will host another Open Mic Night starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6.  

This is part of an ongoing series, with the first Thursday of every month set aside for this talent show.

Indeed, this isn’t just about singing. We plan on providing a stage to anyone who wishes to share their artistic gifts. Perhaps performance poetry is your thing. Maybe you play a mean sax. You crack up your family at every holiday gathering, so perhaps others would laugh at your comedy, as well.

There is no cost or cover but we do request that you register in advance at

A food truck will be on site and the cash bar will be open. If the weather permits, we’ll open our Nana Wall for an open-air experience. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket. Participants and spectators alike are welcome.

This is a fun, family-friendly event, but who knows, this also could be your springboard to bigger and better things. Indeed, our staff will be watching, and down the road, this could lead to a future gig at The Betty Jayne or at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Or maybe this is just your chance to catch sight of a rising star.

The Betty Jayne, at 1327 E. Kelly Ave. in the Heights, sits across from Heritage Square in what originally was the Heights Library. It is the first of entrepreneur and philanthropist Kim Blickenstaff’s many projects in Peoria Heights. The venue is named for his late mother, the former Betty Jayne Brimmer, a one-time stage dancer in the Big Band era.