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14 Below, 1348 14th Street, Santa Monica (310) 451-5040
This is one of the truly coolest showcase rooms in town. Though they do not have an open mic night, they do showcase some wonderful acoustic talent as well as full-bore electric acts. A couple of things make this place unique. For one, They share the same roof with Markie D's, an excellent Philly Steak joint seperated from the club by a pretty nice pool room with 4 decent pool tables. 14 Below's full bar is seperated from the stage and showcase room, but the television sets in the lounge turn into monitors when the show begins so you can still enjoy the show without leaving your bar stool (if you're so inclined). I had one of Markie's steak sandwiches, by the way - damn good!
Acoustic Playhouse, 7323 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood,
Posted by Ian
Hopkinson on August 27, 19103 at 14:26:03:
Yeah I was there
too! It was a great night. Definately one of the best open mics in the
city! Check it out! CLeo is a great soundman. Positive experience...
Anastasia's Asylum 1028 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica (310) 394-7113
A lot of people
I know love to play here. It's not that difficult to get booked and
it's definitely a must-play place. Personally, this venue creeps me
out a little. Remember the movie 'Carrie'? It reminds me of Carrie's
mom's house with the Jesus candles on every table and tacky red velvet
furniture. The other thing is - the stage is actually a loft which is
perched directly over the cappuchino machine and the nozzle that's used
to loudly steam the milk with drives me crazy in the middle of a performance.
However, in all fairness, many disagree with me and enjoy playing there
often. Hey what do I know - I guess I'm just gettin' old and kvetchy."
Bellissimo, 22458 Ventura Blvd. (1 block west of Shoup) 818-225-0026
This is a Hal Cohen favorite. Cafe Bellisimo has a great vibe, fabulous food, and a full liquor bar complete with cappucino. They also have a staff that entertains during the other nights. Imagine your busboy or waitress setting down your salad and belting out "Bobby mcgee" while while your pizza is baking. Garrett - great job landing this spot for your MSSS!
Canter's Kibbitz Room, 419 N. Fairfax, L.A. (213)651-2030
Though Canter's Deli on Fairfax in Hollywood has been around for two million years (you can tell by looking at the union waitresses who've been there since it opened), most people are unaware that the adjacent bar is a hotbed of musical activity. On any given night of the week, there is a jam of some kind going on with a different band hosting each night. On Sunday nights at 9:00pm, the Kibbitz Room has an acoustic open mic hosted by Sean, followed by his house band - The Kibbutz Kowboys hosting the classic rock jam. The crowd is a little gritty, but kinda cool, too. It's one of those places where you might feel more comfortable after you've been there a few times. Did I mention that the house band's drummer is one of the guys who spontaneously combusted in the movie "Spinal Tap"?
Monday night is a Songwriter showcase called Damage Control hosted by Dan Giles.
Cobalt Cafe, 22047 Sherman Way, (Sherman Way and Topanga)
Canoga Park (818) 348-3789
The Coffee Cat, 8320 Lincoln Bl (just north of Manchester) in Westchester.
Here's a letter
I got from a guy named Dennis...
Coffee Junction, 19221 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, (818) 342-3405
Sad to say, the music at the Coffe Junction has gone on hiatus. Because Sharon has done so much for the creative community and the human race at large, I leave this listing out of respect for a true humanitarian. As soon as there's any news about Coffee Junction's future activities, you'll find it right here. In the meantime, you can visit their website for updates.
THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, 2029 N. Lake Altadena, Ca. 91001 (626) 398-79176
Bob Stane's Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena is host to some of the finest acts in the country. This relatively small but mighty venue continually packs the house on many nights with audiences who venture out to see and hear incredible songwriter/performers, worthy of the drive to the outskirts of L.A.
If you think you've got what it takes to perform there, here in Bob's own words (from his website) is what they're looking for:
Bob Stane is always
looking for GOOD acts, especially those who still have unclaimed souls
which can be acquired. Remember, this particular Central American country
and The Coffee Gallery Backstage are the last entities allowed to recruit
indentured servants. Tourists are warned to sign nothing. If you are
wearing ruby slippers, "stay tight inside them."
Fais Do-Do 5257 Adams Blvd., L.A. (323) 954-8080
night of very month at 7:30pm.. A pretty good open mic for musical
acts, and it is also peppered with some comedy. This place is in a tough
part of L.A., so just be a little cautious around there.
The Fret House, 309 N. Citrus (between Madillo & San
Bernadino Rd.), Covina (818) 339- 7020
The Gig (Hollywood)- 7302 Melrose Avenue - (323) 936-4440
The harder edged
version of the Gig in West L.A. (see below) The names of bands playing
there that caught my eye recenty: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash and Trailer
Park Pam.... just thought I'd share that.
This is the location where a lot of my favorite acts showcase solo or with full bands. Roomy, comfy, dark and good sound. The cover charge here is a bit high, but usually worth it. Local band Kelly's Lot recently organized and performed a Stop Cancer benefit here. I love this band. This is also the location for BMI's Circle of Songs, a webcast & showcase sponsored by - well who else? -- BMI... held on the last Wednesday of every month.. Find out more by going to the BMI web site.
Genghis Cohen 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Hollywood
Genghis Cohen Cantina
has not had an open mic night for years, but I think Genghis is a great
room to play and be seen in. Though it's not as innundated with music
biz types as it once was, there are still a few that check in from time
to time looking to sign fresh blood. This is not the easiest room to
get booked into, but well worth the effort if you have the talent and
have amassed any kind of following. As far as their booking policy,
you can click on their name and it will take you to the Genghis Cohen
website where you can find out everything you want to know. BTW- the
food there is terrific.
The Green Room,
6752 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles CA, 90028 (323) 860-0775
Hallenbeck's General Store 5510 Cahuenga Blvd. (between Burbank Bl. and Chandler), North Hollywood (818) 985-5916
One of the best showcases and open mics to emerge since Billy Block's Western Beat.
Open mic is every Tuesday night hosted by Bruce Teitell. Sign up at 7:30 for the 8 o'clock show.
The latest incarnation of L.A.'s answer to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville is hosted by Seth Jackson and Craig Lackey, two excellent and devoted songwriters with a gift for attracting some of the best songwriters and performers in the civilized world. Though it's predominantly country flavored, the key word here is talent. It's called the Songwriters Lineup It's a Nashville-style writers held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each showcase has writers "in the round" plus a featured guest.There's an open mic following the scheduled performers. It's a real cool thing, and they've been getting an excellent turnout.
The Hideaway Bar and Grill, 12122 N. Kagel Cyn. Rd., Lakeview Terrace (818)890-1225
From Dave E. Conrades:
Highland Grounds, 742 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood (323) 466-1507
Highland Grounds is a choice spot for the acoustic scene. Karen Fields holds court for "Open Mind Night" every Wednesday night at 8:00pm. - sign up is at 7:00pm and again - get there early as the list tends to fill up fast! This is probably the most popular weekly open mic in town. Many of the regular showcase acts at the club are chosen on Wednesday and it can't hurt to bring in a few friends to cheer you on. Like their flyer says "All Minstrels, Muses and Mongrels are welcome". There is a $2.00 cover at the door and a one drink minimum.
If you get ther
to late to sign in or you get to play early and wish to play again,
you might try jamming to TAIX
in Silverlake where the sign-up time is 9:00pm for the 10pm show
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