Open Mics/Open Jams/Open Stage

Creatives on Stage! Want your chance at the mic? Open Mics and Jams for music, spoken word, poetry, and comedy. Karaoke too. Your chance to get on stage and share your creativity!

*Note: Not all listed are weekly. Some are biweekly or monthly so read the details. I try to keep this list updated and current, but all things in life are subject to change so feel free to check with the venue before heading over to make sure it’s taking place.

(Inner Loop and Near. May add an extended version later for surrounding areas)


* Jazz Jam in the First Ward at Cafeza (1720 Houston Ave) 8-11pm. Weekly jam with Latin jazz percussionist Charlie Perez and friends. Wide repertoire of Latin, Caribbean, and Brazilian pieces, as well as jazz standards. Players and singers are welcome to sit in with the band. No cover.

* Monday Night Jam at Emmit’s Place (4852 Benning Dr) 8-12. No cover and musicians are welcome to sit in with the band.

* Monday Night Jazz Jam at Catbirds (1336 Westheimer) 9-12. No cover, drink specials all night.

* Monday Night Karaoke at Darwin’s Pub (33 Waugh Dr) 8-2 with Bob Lane and friends. $1 pool, Frozen Mimosa’s, and other specials!

* Open Mic Comedy Night at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr) Free! Doors at 7:30pm.


* Singer Songwriter Acoustic Open Mic at Avant Garden (411 Westheimer Rd) Sign up starts at 7pm and goes all night. Must bring musical instrument (no back tracks allowed). 3 song max. No cover.

* Industry Night Karaoke (9pm) at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Dr) Free every Tuesday 9-2.

* Open Mic Night at House of Blues Houston (1204 Caroline S) 6-9pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Mics and house sound provided. Acoustic guitars recommended. Small drums (djembe, congas, etc.) allowed. Full drum kits not provided/allowed.


* Karaoke Night at The Secret Group (2101 Polk St) 10pm.

* Plug N’ Play Open Mic at Leon’s Lounge (1006 McGowen St) hosted by Jay Bee Zay. 8pm sign up.

* Poetry Open Mic with Write About Now at Avant Garden (411 Westheimer) 7:30-10:30pm. Open Mics are open to all. You get one poem under 3 minutes! Sign up list goes up at 7:30pm. $5 CASH. $6 CARD. (Price may vary for special events.)

* The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club (5731 Kirby Dr) hosts a Big & Easy Blues Jam every Wednesday at 9:30pm. All are welcome. No cover.

* Wednesday Midnight Drum Circle at Last Concert Cafe (1403 Nance St) Feel free to bring a drum, shaker, cowbell or hula hoop and join in the fun. If you want to go earlier, POTROAST usually plays 10:30 – 11:59 and Hellina Bucket opens the show 8 – 10:30.


* Plug N’ Play Acoustic Open Mic at Darwin’s Pub (33 Waugh Dr) hosted by Jay Bee Zay 8pm.


* First Friday Reading Series is held at Inprint (1520 W Main St) 8:30pm on the first Friday of every month. Free and open to the public. An open reading always follows the featured poet.


* Writespace Monthly Workshop Open Mics (2000A Edwards St. Ste. 208) Read your work in front of a supportive and encouraging audience. Everyone is welcome, all levels. Free Event but secure your tickets here. If you are interested in reading, fill out the form linked here.


* Songwriter Sundays at Khon’s (2808 Milam St). Sign up at 7:30pm, music from 8-11. Hosted by Maryanna Sokol Music: “The format will evolve over time, but for the first few Sundays we will aim for a songwriter circle/ workshop feel. Bring 2-4 completed songs or unfinished songs needing feedback. We may also do some collaboration and jamming along if anyone is looking for that kinda thing.”

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