City Folks run the open mic at City Espresso. Sign-ups start at 6:30pm and names drawn at 6:45. Show starts at 7pm and goes to 10pm.
A set is 2 songs or ten minutes including set up time. Professional PA and sound engineers, nice mains and monitors, four mics, four more direct inputs, trap drum kit. No piano.
All skill levels are welcome. Place is super friendly. Lots of regulars and even some pro recording artists show up. They will gladly back you up if asked. A guy named Lambert is the MC and makes sure everyone has a good time.
This open mic does one thing most others don't. You can volunteer to split your set and give your time to a new comer or another musician. It's not unusual for a regular to give up his set to someone else so most everyone that shows up gets a chance to play. In good weather they perform on the outdoor patio. It gets pretty cozy when they play inside but when it gets crowded folks spill over to the patio. Ray the owner has great selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, chili and so on.
- reply to this commentMr. Medley (11/2015)
- ? How bout Stand up comedians? I see below there is a 2 song limit. But do you have stand ups and how long would I get?
- reply to this commentChris Caffrey (3/2012)
- ? Is there a piano/keyboard?
- reply to this commentAnonymous (3/2012)
I enjoyed your open
Mic last Friday. The performing artist were very entertaining. Thank you.
- reply to this commentLambert Malloy (11/2013)
As of 12.2011still active. Was there today. Small place.
Very warm and welcoming crowd, mellow vibe. Has a PA (three or four inputs), a couple of small amps. The host even passes around tambourines and such for the audience to be able to participate. Owner of the coffee shop performs as well. :)
Fun and low key. 2 song max (but if there is time the performers start over and there is lots of mixing and matching = really fun!).
- reply to this commentArno Hachaduryan (12/2011)