I pick up a guitar every once in a while - it relaxes me and happens to be one of my favorite things to do with some of my closest friends. I've even played a couple mics before (some more successful than others). I think I enjoy playing music because it's been a part of my life since I was young - my grandpa always kept a guitar in his garage and listened to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. And it just so happens to be Johnny Cash's birthday today. So strap on your guitars, dust off your music books, and get to one of these awesome open mics - or just attend one, you would be amazed at how talented people are! In light of Johnny's birthday, here are my top 5 favorite open mics:
Considered Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage Club Cafe hosts their AcousticCafe's open stage with Mike Why. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville and New York City, AcoustiCafe's open stage intends to create a supportive environment for artists to network with their peers, test new music or haul out old favorites, and most importantly, extend their reach in the local scene. Every Monday at 7pm - No cover charge!
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern
Amazing Polish food, cold beer, and live music, what better way to spend your Tuesday night than at this "Polish Party House"? BBT hosts open mic every Tuesday at 9pm.
Papa Di Vinci
Located on Forbes Ave. near Duquesne University, Papa Di Vinci packs a full house every Tuesday from 9pm - 1am along with featured performers. Grab a slice of pizza and get ready to hear some amazing local talent.
Perfect for the bluesy - jazz guitar type! The Thunderbird Cafe is located in Lawrenceville and holds acoustic open mics hosted every Monday at 9:30pm by Craig King - No Cover Charge!!