WRITTEN BY: COSETTE GOBAT
The music scene in Philadelphia is extremely diverse and constantly changing. It’s hard to be successful while finding ways to keep up. For a musician wanting stardom, there are steps that one needs to take to get to that essential point.
Though a paid gig will always be the ideal show, open mics are the best way for a musician or band to get out into the industry. You get to practice playing in front of crowds and you make connections with the other bands and artists, along with the venue.
Philadelphia has many of these opportunities all around the city. From pubs to bars, rock venues to restaurants and coffee houses, artists and bands can get their names out there. There are plenty of venues for open mics for various musicians.
If you’re over 21, your options are nearly unlimited. The best bars to play an open mic include Time and The Grape Room.
Time is a jazz venue, with a whisky bar and lots of room for dancing, while The Grape Room is a very well organized place. Everyone there is professional and respects and welcomes live music. It has a number of shows a week, including the open mic show on Tuesday nights.
The Grape Room is more for acoustic acts searching for a more laid back atmosphere. Every experience of mine has been nearly inspiring, for many talented musicians end up there. The Grape Room’s Open Mic is on Wednesday nights.
If you are under the age of 21, there are still opportunities out there for you. Connie’s Ric Rac is a bar in south east Philly, that welcomes a variety of musicians. Connie’s open mic is on Wednesday nights, it’s first come first serve, so come early!
The World Cafe Live is a well known place in the city for its host of popular artists. You can attend their open mic night on Monday nights. If you are just starting in the music industry and are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, Mugshots Coffee House would be a great place to check out. On Tuesday nights you can join along with other acoustic artists while drinking their famous coffee.
Try out a few of these venues to continue your career, while creating some great memories.
The Philly music scene welcomes you.