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    Whether you're dying to try out a new comedy set in front of a crowd, or whether you're looking for new local singer-songwriters to check out, Louisville (and some surrounding areas) have got you covered.  

    Open Mic at the Dive
    442 S Third Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Wednesdays, 8 – 12 AM

    Show off your musical talent at 3rd Street Dive!  Drums, back line, and crowd provided.  21+


    Four Pegs Beer Lounge Open Mic
    1053 Goss Avenue, Louisville, KY  40217
    Thursdays, 7:30 – 1 AM

    Bring your guitar, harmonica, or whatever you play and showcase your talent at open mic night! Hosted every Thursday by local musician Brent Mathis (and his hat).  


    The Highlands Tap Room Open Mic 
    1058 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40204
    Wednesdays, 10 PM

    For years now, everyone has been welcome atthisa long-standing open mic night at The Tap Room.  



    The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Open Mic
    501 W Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Second Sunday of every month, 4 - 6 PM 

    This monthly event, held in the North Lobby, is for all ages. If you would like to perform, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign up.  Presented by River City Drum Corp and ArtsReach.


    Lettersong Open Stage Coffeehouse
    1501 Story Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
    Thursdays, 7:30 PM

    Hosted on Thursdays by various special guests, “Louisville's funkiest coffee house and open stage” offers a great place to show off your musical prowess.  



    Manny and Merle's Singer/Songwriter Open Mic
    122 W Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
    Wednesdays, 7:30 PM 

    Manny and Merle’s Singer/Songwriter Open Mic is open to anyone who wants to come down and share their music.  Hosted by CJ Cumberland of Crescent Hill Radio (WCHQ 100.9 FM) 



    Maple Inn Open Mic
    9416 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299
    Thursdays, 7:30 PM

    For those who don’t want to leave J-Town, this open mic is for you.  Hosted by Mark Conover.


    The Monkey Wrench
    1025 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204
    Tuesdays, 8 PM

    This open mic has been reworked with its new host, Crittenden Haywood Jr.  Musicians and poets are welcomed!


    Stevie Ray’s World Famous Blues Jam and T.N.T. Throwdown Open Jam
    230 E. Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 PM

    Stevie Ray’s Jams are offered twice a week to give you your Blues fix.  Hosted by Mike Lynch.  Signups start as early as 5 PM, and musicians must bring their own instruments (a house drum kit is provided).


    The Vibe Open Mic
    Rotating venues (check out the Facebook page for more info)
    Thursdays, 9 PM

    This open mic has been known to travel around town, and invites artists, comedians, musicians, and poets to come out.  It’s $5 at the door, but performers get in free.  Contact or sign up at the door to perform.  21+




    The Great Kentucky Mic-Off @ The Laughing Derby
    1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, 40204
    Wednesdays, 7:15 PM

    These Wednesday night contests are a democratic way for all talent, no matter how new or how seasoned, to show their stuff. Signup at  18+


    The Bard's Town
    1801 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, 40205
    Thursdays, 10 PM 

    A weekly, FREE comedy open mic.  Signups begin at 9:45. Hosted by the one, the only, Kate Sedgwick.





    Floetic Friday Youth Slams @ Local Speed Museum
    822 E Market Street, Louisville, KY, 40206
    October – March, every third Friday, 6:30 PM

    This open mic is dedicated to showing off the talent of Louisville’s teenagers.  Must sign up one day prior to the slam to participate.  Ages 13 – 19 ONLY


    InKY Reading Series @ The Bard's Town
    1801 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, 40205
    Second Friday of each month, 6:30 – 8:35 PM

    This open mic is not only for local writers to perform – featured readers from across the country also come to show off their work.  Readings should be 3 minutes or less.  Contact Adam Day at for more info.

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    About Brett Gordon

    I'm a writer, a musician, and an almost-graduate from the University of Louisville. I currently live in Shelbyville, but please, don't hold that against me.

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