The notion of the open mic is quite an interesting one. So many different people take part in this event: the young and old, the skilled and the not-so-skilled, the nervous and the cool. Anyone can showcase their creativity.
While I admit that this could be looked at as a grandiose description, I believe my words are true. It’s debatable, but I’ll contend that everyone deserves to share their music, comedy, poems, etc. with the world. Besides playing in front of a mirror or a friend/relative, an open mic is the perfect starting point.
So, if you would like to get in front of strangers and take over the microphone, here’s my list of some places around the Twin Cities that will let you do just that!
2940 South Lyndale Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tuesday Nights (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
Located on the second floor, Moto-i’s open mic stage is surrounded by comfy couches and local artwork. Come and show your skills at the first sake bar outside of Japan!
The Coffee Grounds
1579 Hamline Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108
1st And 3rd Sunday Of The Month (6 p.m.)
According to its website, the Coffee Grounds’ open mic is one of the longest running in the Twin Cities. Come in early, because the deadline for signing up is 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Much like the name suggests, this place is a chatterbox. So, if you’re not quite ready for an intimate, hang-on-your-every-word kind of place, this would be a good place to begin.
Sunday Blues Jam (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
This open mic night is for the blues players. Come and jam with Moses Oakland and his great band!
Acme Comedy Co.
Mondays (8 p.m.)
According to the website, doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the first 290 people. So, if you can make a joke or two (you’ll probably need more), try your shot at a comedy open mic! This is an 18-plus show.
1st And 3rd Wednesday (7 p.m.)
Sign up for this open mic starting at 6:30 p.m. According to the website, the open stage is run with a lottery system, meaning names are drawn to see who will perform in each slot. This means you don’t have to try to get there too early to be the first to sign up!
Wilebski’s Blues Saloon
Mondays (6 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
Try out the open jam with Kyle Fletcher. As the establishment’s name implies, this place welcomes blues players, but will accept basically anybody!
Plums Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Sundays (9 p.m.)
The open mic starts at 9 p.m., but make sure to sign up early, as it fills up quickly!
Dunn Bros On Grand
For another classic coffee shop open mic, check out Dunn Bros On Grand. Apparently, the open mic host is very accommodating and the atmosphere is great.
As with all our lists, there are many other great places to go. If you have a suggestion, or if one of these open mics unfortunately shut down, please let us know by commenting below.
I hope you found my list helpful, and rock on!