Joburg is privileged with a flood of the best entertainment in the country, however it can be hard finding spots where you can jam and participate in open mic experimentals. That’s why we had to give you a taste of the open mic spots that are keeping the jamming culture alive.
Open mics allow artists to get into their element and experiment, try something new and create an artistic experience. Many artists can attest to the fact that one can truly grow by partaking in jam sessions and live entertainment.
A quick low down in case you not familiar with the Open Mic scene
What is an Open Mic?
An open mic is an open platform for anyone who wants to perform their art of trade, ranging between music, spoken work (poetry) and even comedy.
How it works?
Ideally, you would find spots like the ones we will be checking out, arrive on open mic day/night, signup and await your performance slot. (However registration process can differ depending on spot).
Note: Some spots can be specific to theme or genre, i.e. acoustic night. But don’t let that put you off, you could bump into a guitarist you can collaborate with. That is what jamming is about, right?
Why Open Mic?
This is an opportunity to have fun, build confidence, meet other performers and learn from the idea of creating a moment.
And here are some spots you can find open mic sessions…
Rustic Cafe is situated at the Old Parktonian Sports Club in Bordeaux. Many who are not from the area have not heard about Rustic, but it has been around for some time and has become quite the hangout for foodies, sports fans, artists and students – the cafe is across the road from Vega School Johannesburg.
The cafe hosts open mics on the first Thursday of the month (Acoustic Nite) and on the second Thursday (Open Mic Nite), so if you want a cool night out, this is the spot.
Outie Bakery + Cafe
Better known as “Outie”, this amazing cafe is situated in one of the most artistic hubs in Joburg – Newtown, right in front of The Market Theatre so you definitely won’t miss it.
They collaborated with Word N Sound to bring poetry to the stage every Wednesday. And just an extra mention – they also host Jazzy Sundays. Outie has become the spot for some famous faces, but we are sure this also has to do with their food.
Niki’s Oasis, also situated in Newtown, is one of the oldest jazz lounges in the city. Rooted to the raw element of music, it has hosted ample international and local artists.
As a very word-of-mouth driven spot, performing here might require you to pay for a slot and confirm when the next open mic or event is. Talk about spontaneity. Don’t let that discourage you though, because when you get there, you won’t want to leave. The people are warm including the owner, Niki.