OPEN MIC! They just might be among the most dreaded words in the English language, connoting a level of show business just one cut above office-party karaoke.

But for a handful of dedicated souls, the applause of a small but appreciative crowd is worth more than a million viral-video views — and in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, we run down the best and most inspired of the amateur-hour action.

We’ll take you to Rumson, where singer and author Carol Barbieri (left) joins guitar great David Crowton for a newly transplanted Monday night event. We’ll revisit Barbieri as she plays guest host to a monthly series in Atlantic Highlands; we’ll show you how you can walk in the footsteps of giants at clubs like the Stone Pony and the Brighton Bar; and we’ll remind you about long-running weekly favorites in Red Bank and Asbury, respectively hosted by Rob Dye and Joe Harvard.

Then tune in tomorrow, when we ring up college guy Harvard as the Big Man on Campus prepares to celebrate his birthday in hi-profile style, this weekend at the Lanes.  Just sign your name, dust off your old accordion and reach for the stars — today, tomorrow and til Last Call comes down, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!