For all of you wannabe musicians, comedians, and poets, open mic nights are popular among many Charlotte cafes and venues. Whether you want to spit poetic rhymes, crack jokes to a tipsy crowd, or take your Garageband moves out of the garage, open mic performances are a low key way to showcase your skills.
The Evening Muse (musicians)
The Evening Muse has a neighborhood vibe. Vinyl record art hangs from the walls, and the hip crowd makes you wish you had talent (even if you don’t). This is definitely worth the $3… who knows where some of these acts could end up in a couple of years. Check out their Facebook page for more events.
How to sign up: First come first serve, doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: 3227 N Davidson Street
When: Mondays, 8 p.m.
Smelly Cat Coffee (comedians)
Smelly Cat Open Mic Night is the perfect place to test out new material. The crowd is eclectic — young, old, bearded, tatted. And the comedians interact with the crowd, so it’s sure to be an entertaining night for all audience members. Check out their Facebook page for more events.
How to sign up: First come first serve, sign up begins at 7 p.m.
Where: 514 E. 36th St.
When: Saturdays 7:30-9 p.m.
The Dirty Hippie (poets)
The Dirty Hippie is the epitome of cool. The crowd is artistic and the space oozes creativity — fringed rugs cover the stage and abstract art from local painters cover the walls. The laid-back crowd is welcoming. Don’t be nervous to join hippies. Check out their Facebook page for more events.
How to sign up: First come, first serve starting at 9 p.m.
Where: 5028 South Blvd.
When: Tuesdays, 9-12 p.m.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe (musicians)
Smokey Joe’s Tuesday Night Jam is one of the longest running jams in town. Expect to hear some Charlotte professionals as well as newcomers. Bring your guitar, or sit back, have a drink, and be ready to vibe to the music. Check out their website for more events.
How to sign up: First come, first serve
Where: 510 Briar Creek Rd
When: Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Moochies Tavern (musicians)
Moochies Tuesday Open Mic is hosted by Shannon Lee, a local Charlotte rockstar. A lively crowd makes this open mic fun for everyone involved. Check out their Facebook page for more events.
How to sign up: First come, first serve, doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 15060 Idlewild Rd
When: Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Not a performer? Sit back and laugh, sing, and snap in the audience — some of the performances are sure to give you all the feels.