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Sidewalk Cafe

Open Mic
Every Monday at 7:30pm

Hosted by Ben Krieger

94 Avenue A
New York, NY


  • Submitted by Paul Vasterling
  • Last updated: August 29

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, Dec 12
  • Monday, Dec 19
  • Monday, Dec 26
  • Monday, Jan 02
  • Monday, Jan 09

Howdy! I'm the new host of the open mic, Somer. Other than a new voice coming from the sound booth, everything is the same. Sign up by lottery at 7:30. All ages and all types of performance are welcome, including every genre of music, spoken word, comedy, and non-classifiable performance art! The open mic runs until everyone has a chance to play. We provide three mics and two DI boxes on stage and an upright piano. No house guitar. Come by, it's a super fun time and a room full of incredibly talented people!
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 Somer (9/2015)
The listing is accurate! Still the largest, longest-running open stage in NYC. All acts welcome:singer songwriters, hip hop, spoken word, comedy, performance art, experimental, people with loopers… ALL AGES. We go until EVERYONE PLAYS.
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Bee K (1/2015)
? Hey, I'm coming through the area and heard this open mic is awesome. Is it hard to be let on stage, though? Some comments here seem to indicate that if you're not a regular, you might as well forget about playing… how true is that?
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The Zero Summers (6/2013)
The night goes until everyone has played, always. The evening ends between 1:30am-2:30am.
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Anonymous (6/2013)
We're celebrating 20 YEARS in 2013! Come on down and sign-up, 7:30 sharp.
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Ben Sidewalker (3/2013)
It's the most fun I've had at an open mic. Fair warning that the lottery system isn't fair and they let people in that they know. So expect to be there 5 hours and play one song.
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Dan (8/2012)

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