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Music Open Mic's In the San Francisco Bay Area

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Below is a listing of Open Mic's for Musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area for every day of the week. (This is not a listing for spoken word/poetry open mics). Many open mic's move to different days, hosts change, some are not held every week, others simply wither away. It is strongly recommended to always check the venue's web site and/or call first before attending to verify that they are still continuing. We try to keep this list up to date. Notice a mistake, have updated information or know of an open mic that is not listed or has shut down please contact us. Need to record a professional demo, CD or mp3's? Cosmic Circuit Studio provides professional digital recording services with an Apple Logic Pro certified engineer & provides direct on disc CD color printing.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero St, San Francisco. Spike's Mic & Sunday Sessions
Amateur singers, duets, bands, & instrumentalists - all music genres. Sign up at 4:45 pm. Performances 6 pm - 9 pm on stage through a PA. An electric guitar amp, acoustic guitar amp & a piano available. 15 minutes or 3 songs per act (8 minutes to set up). No drum kits - hand drums ok. 4 person/6 instrument MAX (including vocal). Hosted by Tom Tierney.
415.241.0202

 

Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corde Madera, Mill Valley
Various Mondays - check calendar. 8 pm. Email at 3 pm or later the day of the show to get on the list. PA provided. Hosted by Austin DeLone. All ages.
415.388.3850

 

Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St., Berkeley. Varying Tuesdays - check calendar. Perform on stage through PA. Piano available.
Performance spots are based on a lottery that is held shortly after doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs
Stay entire night to get free ticket to show of your choice. All ages.
510.644.2020

Fireside Lounge
Singer Songwriter Open Mic
1453 Webster Street, Alameda.
Sign ups at 7:30. Show from 8 pm - 11:30 pm. 3 songs per person, must include one original song. Stage with PA but no monitors.
21+ no cover. Rotating weekly hosts.
510.864.1244


Cameron's Pub
1410 S. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
3 songs or 15 minutes. Perform through venue PA. Sign up at 6:15 pm. Open Mic starts at 7 pm. Ken Voorheis is the host and MC.
650.726.5705
Café International
508 Haight St., San Francisco.
7:30 sign-up, 8:00 pm event begins.
Primarily musicians with a few poets. 415.552.7390

First Street Cafe
Open Mic, 440 First St. Benicia,
1st & 3rd Saturday every month. Open Mic is located upstairs. Sign-up 6:30 pm. Show
7 pm - 10 pm.
3 song/15 minutes.
Hosted by Chris Bryant.
707.745.1400

Swig Bar
Blues Jam
with Ed Ivey

561 Geary St. @ Taylor
San Francisco
Free. 21 and over. 9 pm - 1 am. Session attracts many swing dancers and has been a weekly event since the late 1940s. All players & singers welcome, house gear provided. Jammers can check in on facebook
415.931.7292

Hotel Utah
Hotel Utah Open Mic
500 4th St (at Bryant). San Francisco. Sign up up 7 pm. Performance order drawn from hat. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Artists can perform 1 song not to exceed 6 minutes. Featured artist at 10 pm. Hosted by Brendan Getzell. Have house guitar, piano, 2 vocal mics, and PA. Free 21 & older.
415.546.6300
415.421.8308

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
7:30 pm signup, 8 showtime. You can perform 2 songs. Featured acts picked from acts that go over well with the audience. No cover. Hosted by Joan Pez & Girl George
510.841.2082

Missouri Lounge
2600 San Pablo Ave,
Berkeley
Hosted by Paul Pot
Sign up 7:30 pm.
21 and over.
510.548.2080

Utopia Cafe
139 Waverly Place, San Francisco.
Located in Chinatown district b/t Washington St & Clay St.  Held in basement party room. Normally held on 3rd Thursday of the month. Hosted by Kathy Holly.
7 pm - 10 pm.
415.956.2902
Fremont Coffee
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont.
3rd Friday of month. Sign up and mic checks start at
6:30 pm. Show from 7 pm to 9 pm. No cover. More info, contact Kat at
510.623.6920

Cafe St. Jorge
Bernal Flats Open Mic
3438 Mission St, San Francisco
Second Saturdays each month 6 pm to 8 pm. Featured performer 7 pm to 7:30 pm. Sign ups at 5:30 pm. Each performer gets 10 minutes or two to three songs/originals or covers. Hosted by Ken Newman.
415.814.2028

Dogpatch Saloon
2496 3rd St
San Francisco,
A jazz jam 4:30 - 8:30 pm, with the Vince Latteano Trio. Seasoned jazz musicians and singers often sit in with band. $5 cover.
415.643.8592

Red Rock Coffee House
201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Sign up at 6:30 pm.
Runs from 7- 10 pm with a featured artist at 9:30 pm. Hosted by Jake Wichman, Scott King on sound. Free, all ages.
650.967.4473

No Name Bar
757 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Sign up 8 pm.
8:30 - close. House PA. Hosted by Justin, Rob & Pacifico.
415.332.1392

The Plough & the Stars,
116 Clement Ave. @ 2nd., San Francisco. Every 1st Wednesday of the month. 8 pm - 11 pm. Bluegrass and country music jam. Acoustic instruments, no cover. Hosted by Jeanie & Chuck.
415.751.1122

Clayton Club Saloon
6096 Main Street, Clayton
8 pm to 11 pm. Hosted by Neil Hampton. Amplified acoustical guitar and a microphone provided. 21 and over only.
925.673.0440

Spanky's Bar
20812 Baker Rd, Castro Valley
Every Friday from 8 pm to 12:30am. All acts welcome. Full PA, and drum set. Bring your own cymbals and hardware.  21 +
510.538.2306

drumming on the guitar

California Jazz Conservatory
(formerly the JazzSchool) 2087 Addison, Berkeley. Vocal jazz open mic on Sundays once a month from 7-10 pm with a $10 cover. Piano, bass & drums house band.
510.845.5373

19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd. Fairfax
8 pm. Performers from all genre's are welcome. Hosted by Derek Smith. (Call or check online calendar first because this is not every week). Free. 21 & over.
415.455.0948


Caffe Frascati
315 South First Street, San Jose. Sign up by 7:30 pm. PA system and acoustic piano provided. They serve coffee, beer and wine.
Hosted by Andoni Bundros.
408.287.0400

Clayton Valley Bowl
5300 Clayton Valley Bowl, Concord
Show starts at 8 pm. 21 and over. PA available. Hosted by Doug Caldwell.
925.689.4631 (ask for lounge)

Belrose Theatre
5th & E street,
San Rafael.
8 - 10:30 pm. Singers,poets, comedians, dancers, bands..well behaved dogs, all welcome.
$5 cover.
415.454.6422

Bradley School of Music
1042 Brown Ave. Lafayette. Held on the 3rd Friday of the month. 7 pm - 9 pm (excluding holidays). Check calendar because date sometimes varies.
Free!
1.800.950.2054
Slap Face Coffee
37324 Fremont Blvd
Fremont
Every other 4th Saturday
of the Month. Call first because their calendar not consistent.
Facebook
510.565.1130
Nu-Rays
709 Ferry Street, Martinez. 7:30 pm - 12 midnight. All types of music. PA system and drums provided.
Hosted by Steve Starr.
21 years of age and older.
925.370.7090

drummer

Twin Oaks Roadhouse,
Open Mic Night with Rojo,
Twin Oaks Roadhouse
5475 Old Redwood Hwy, Penngrove
Doors open 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm. Free.
707.795.5118
Neck of the Woods
406 Clement St. (x 5th Ave) San Francisco. 7 pm open jam session. Open mic at 8 pm. Featured artist at 9:30 pm. Everyone gets 10 minutes. House drum kit, house guitar & stage. Hosted by Guinevere Q. Facebook info.
415.387.6343
The Britannia Arms 1087 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino.
Every Thursday evening from 7-9:30pm. Perform on a stage. All ages welcome, musicians, comedians, etc. Musicans usually allowed 3 songs - cover songs ok. Hosted by Garrett Dewan.
408.252.7262

Calistoga Art Center
1435 North Oak St, Calistoga
Only held on various weeks. Please check their calendar or email the host Eric Bolton. 7 pm to 9 pm. Each performer 5 - 10 minute set.
707.942.2278

stand up bass 

The Lucky Horseshoe
Bernal Heights Bluegrass Jam
453 Cortland, Bernal Heights
San Francisco
4 pm to 7 pm.
415.282.3456

The Riptide
3639 Taraval @ 47th San Francisco.
Alisha hosts. Piano available.
Sign up 8:30 pm, show runs 9 pm - 11:30 pm. Free.
415.681.8433


The Relic Tavern
726 First St, Benicia
Every Tuesday, 8pm
707.746.1137

Townhouse Cocktail Lounge
401a Georgia St. @ Marin, Vallejo.
Sign-up 7:45 pm. Show from 8 pm - 11 pm. Acoustic music, folk, 60s, old timey, bluegrass, etc. 3 songs or 15 min. At end of list, start again from the top. Primarily musicians, but comedy & poetry welcome. Gay club. Rich Adams hosts. 21 +.
707.553.9109

Monkey House,
1638 University Ave, Berkeley. Held the 3rd Thursday of each month.  No drums. House acoustic guitar, electric bass (with amp) & weighted, 88-key digital keyboard available.   Sign-up 7-7:30 pm.  BYOB.  Sliding scale $10-20 donation. Email to reserve a seat - include time you want to go on with word 'earlier' or 'later'.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) 1924 Cedar St (@ Bonita), Berkeley
2nd Friday of the month. 7 pm - 9 pm.  Join BFUU's jam session format. Sit in the circle, share music, songs, poetry, excerpts from your new book, jokes & stories. Suggested donations of $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds! 510.841.4824

singer
Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
Open Bluegrass Jam
8:30 pm to 2 am
Bluegrass pickers jam in an informal setting. All acoustic with guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, harmony vocals, and more. No cover.
510.444.6174
Creek Monkey
611 Escobar St. Martinez.
Every Tuesday at 7pm upstairs. More info email Brayden Patterson
925.228.8787
The Tavern
451 Vine Hill Way, Martinez
1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sign up at 6:45 pm. Show 7 - 9 pm. Hosted by CB. 3 songs or 15 minutes whichever comes first.
925.228.2063

Claudine Wine Experience
20490 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd., Saratoga
7 pm. Hosted by Roger Allen.
408.647.8002

Cafe Zoe
1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park
3rd Fridays.
650.3221926

Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Youth open mic held
every Third Sunday at 4 pm.
510.841.2082

Sheba Piano Lounge
1419 Fillmore St,
San Francisco.
Join the Steve Nelson Trio jam session.  Whether you're an amateur or a professional musician, you're welcome to join the band starting at 8 pm.
415.440.7414

Ivy Room,
860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
Session Tuesday Funk Jam: 9 pm to 1 am. Bring your instrument to play with the band. A backline is provided which includes microphones, PA, 4 piece drum kit, guitar amp, & bass amp. To join the session, talk to bassist Mike or another member of the house band. Facebook info. Free, 21 and older.
510.526.5888

Lucky Horseshoe
453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco. R&B Jam Session hosted by Ed Ivey
Every week 8 pm - close. House piano, amps and drum kit. All levels encouraged
free entrance ~ 21 and over.
415.282.3456

Ivy Room,
860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany
4th Thursday of the month. (Not held every month - check online calendar). Sign up 7:30 pm. Show runs 8 pm - 12 midnight. Hosted by Burke T.
No cover. 21 and over. Facebook.
Email for early sign up.
510.526.5888

singer

The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St, Suite 170, Oakland
Various Mondays - check online calendar. Majority of music acts with some poetry & comedy. Sign ups 6:15-6:30 pm. Show starts at 7 pm. 1 song or 5 minutes. Hosted by LEX. More info on Facebook.
510.844.4120

rope charmer

Philz Coffee on Gilman,
1313 Ninth Street #110, (x Gilman) Berkeley. Last Friday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm. Performers get a free drink! Hosted by Tina Meeks.
Sign-ups can be made the day of show at 5:30 pm or people can call or email in advance.
510.809.0182



Tupelo
1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco
North Beach Blues Jam
An open jam session for all blues & rock instruments. All musicians welcome
House gear includes PA system, drums, guitar amps and bass amp. Just
bring your axe!
415.981.9177

pianist

Susie’s Bar
1365 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. Open Mic Every Wednesday 9 pm with Randy Foisy. 
707.942.6710

sitar player

Poor House Bistro
91 South Autumn St.,
San Jose
Every Monday, 6 pm - 9 pm.
408.292.5837

The Florence Bar
37349 Niles Blvd, Fremont
7-10 pm. Hosted by Dave Moreno on bass with a drummer and guitarist.
510.792.5522

Vinnies Bar and Grill
2045 Mt. Diablo St., Concord
Open Mic/Jam Night
Every Monday.
9 pm - 1 am
Hosted by Chris Williams.
Full House Band Trio, so bring instrument and plug in. All Musicians Welcome. Acoustic acts also. Keyboard can be made available.
925.685.9515




last updated: November 8, 2018
by joe rizzo
Cosmic Circuit Studio