The music offerings at Fatso's every Thursday night are definitely not overpowering. The North Phoenix establishment is a pizza joint, so the noise level gets loud for those who are there to eat dinner. Typically, the only people who pay full attention to what's happening behind the mic are the other musicians. People, however, do clap when the musicians finish their songs, so even though performances serve more as background music, everyone seems to know what's happening during the open mic, if only distractedly.
The talent level here, however, is high. There are a range of genres being performed each week, which helps add a little something extra to the mix.