Keep Calm and Open Mic!
A quick list of open mics around the city
If you’re an artist, finding a space to exhibit your talent can be hard. But fret no more, we tracked down the some of the best local open mic nights in and around the city. So get out there and show them what you’ve got!
Thunder Bar Comedy (Thursdays 7pm-12am)
This is one of the best places for stand up comedians looking to improve. The community is very supportive. The only caveat is that no rehashed material is tolerated. That’s right your work has to be all fresh or the hosts will shoot you on stage with a Nerf gun.
Bella Luna and the Milky Way (First Thursday 8pm-12am)
Hosted by Soulkore and the Hip Hop Fellowship, this open mic welcomes musical artists of any genre, poets, and comedians. This venue has by far the coolest name on the list and the insides to match. It’s seriously stunning! #BAMSApproved artist and friend, D.Ruff works hard to put this night together so be sure to show him and the talent some love.
Cantab Lounge (Mondays 8pm-12am)
This venue is primarily for musicians and has an amazing amp and stereo system. They allow full bands and hold auditions for artists seeking paid gigs! Unfortunately if you are under 21+ you will have to go elsewhere. 738 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139
House of Blues (Thursdays 9pm-12am)
Come one come all! But only if you’re 21+ of course! Sorry youngin’s. At this open mic all acts are welcome at the House of Blues as long as the performer is 21+. If you’d like to be part of a good variety show head down to Lansdowne Street.
Maverick Marketplace Cafe (Wednesdays 7pm-11:30pm)
This little venue in East Boston has a basic mic and amp favoring smaller bands or one act performances. Although they usually get musicians they welcome all acts and want to see some artistic diversity. It’s a cozy place with great beer and burgers. Perfect for an intimate performance with a smaller crowd.
154 Maverick St, Boston, MA 02128
Kings Lounge (Thursdays 9pm-12am)
A bowling and booze venue that welcomes all acts and performers ages 18 and up. It’s right by Berkeley College of Music for you artsy kids. If your performance doesn’t knock ’em dead, you can knock down some pins instead. #BARS.
50 Dalton St. Boston MA, 02115
Thunder Road (Tuesdays 8:00pm-11:30pm)
The Somerville area’s only fully back lined open mic is at one of the premier venues in the city and welcomes full bands, solo acts, and singer songwriters. This event is intended to help musicians network, and jam together, but once again 21+ only.
Tommy Doyle’s (Tuesdays 8:30pm–12:00am)
Located in Newton, this quaint little Irish pup hosts a music only open mic night every Tuesday. Percussion is welcome, but loud amps or drum sets aren’t allowed. Once again, this isn’t for the under 21 crowd.
6B Lounge (Sundays 8:00pm-12:00am)
This is one of the only open mics in downtown Boston. Hosted every Sunday night by Boston-based singer-songwriter Maxwell Bailey, it’s a great spot for both seasoned and “just-starting” musicians to share their art.
6B Beacon St Boston, MA 02108
Article 24 (Sundays 9:00pm-12:00am)
This venue allows all acts and has a very good amp and PA system. But again, as with most open mics, this venue is 21+.
458 Western Ave Brighton, MA 02135
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Don’t forget to drop by the BAMS Fest website to learn more about our organization and the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival debuting in 2018 at Franklin Park!