Did you know? There are various Open Mics/Music Jams within Fairfield County, CT. There are a variety of these events available for those of you that want to start performing out on the local live music scene whether you're a singer or a musician. It's a great way to gain performance experience as well as to network with others if you're looking to form your own music act. And, of course, they're great for seasoned musicians to come and try out new things, or just to play for fun. The ones that I participate in on a regular basis, or a semi-regular basis are:
Horseshoe Cafe, Southport, CT. Acoustic Monday's Open Mic Night, hosted by Bradley Clark, runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.. A featured artist performs each week from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and then the open mic portion follows for the rest of the evening until midnight. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. All types of acoustic music are welcome. There is a house PA on site. As they say, "Put your show on at the Shoe!" The Horseshoe is located at 355 Pequot Avenue.
The Tuesday Night Jam in Freese Park, Norwalk, CT, hosted by David Lindsay, runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special Note: This is an outdoor jam that only runs during the summer months, from the beginning of July to the beginning of September. It's a full electric jam with a PA and a full backline provided. This event is weather permitting. Freese Park is located at 1 Main Street.
The Norwalk Boat Club, Norwalk, CT, hosted by Ed Train, every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to closing. This is a full electric jam, but Ed does allow a few acoustic performers at the front end of the night until things get going for a full band environment. You do not have to be a club member to attend. Ed is a member so you just have to sign the guest book as one of his guests. The Norwalk Boat Club is located at 11 Wall Street. SPECIAL NOTE: This weekly open jams is still suspended due to the Caronavirus pandemic.
The Seagrape, in Fairfield, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Lamb Jam takes place on the Charlie Karp Stage with a great house band including John Lamb on keys, Paula Gallo on vocals, Paul Deedon on bass, Joe Kos on drums, and Frank Barrese guitar. John Lamb is the host for this event and many of talented musician friends support this event every week. Seagrape is located at 1144 Reef Road.
Bobby Q's BBQ Restaurant, Norwalk, CT., hosted by Ed Train, every Thursday night, from 7:30 p.m. to closing. This is an all acoustic event. A house PA and mics are provided so you can come and "plug in and play"! Bobby Q's is located at 11 Merwin Street. SPECIAL NOTE: This weekly event is still suspended due to the Caronavirus pandemic.
The Wendy May Jam at the Black Duck Cafe, in Westport, hosted by Wendy May, from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is a full electric jam that will take place every Thursday night starting June 17th. We will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the jam the following Thursday on June 23rd. Though it's a full electric jam, Wendy does make room for acoustic performers that show up as well. A full PA with backline is provided. Come play with the house band, or on your own. House band members include Wendy May, Ray Simonelli, Scott Hensley, Derek Reeves, Teddy Yakush, and Lance Justis. The Black Duck is located at 605 Riverside Avenue.