Whether you’ve written new music you want to test on an audience or you’re looking to see Denver’s best up-and-coming talent (and perhaps some of the worst, as well), open-mic nights are for you. Artists including the Lumineers and Ian Cooke have attributed their success to these musical free-for-alls. Here are ten of our favorite open-mic nights and jams, some focused on music and others open to everybody from crooners and comedians to magicians.

Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street
Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

The Mercury Cafe has been a stalwart supporter of Denver musicians — not just by giving them two stages on which to perform, but also by employing a host of local artists as waiters, bartenders and dishwashers.The restaurant’s open-mic night begins at 9 p.m. every Wednesday in the Jungle Room, and it’s free and open to all types of acts. Be sure to sign up with the host upon arrival. Then enjoy a late-night coffee, a cocktail or a snack while you wait to perform and watch others.

Read the rest of the article to find out where and when the other 9 are!
● Syntax Physic Opera
● Your Mom’s House
● The Corner Beet
● Ophelia’s
● The Squire Lounge
● Ziggies
● The Meadowlark
● Blush & Blu
● Beryl’s Beer Co.

By Riley Cowing

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