Looking for the latest local talent? Boulder has a bevy of open mic nights designed to showcase undiscovered artists and performers.

Whether it's time for you to make your on-stage debut or you're dragging a talented friend out to talk him or her into it, test the performing waters at one of these Boulder open-mic nights.

 

Conor O'Neill's

1922 13th St.

303-449-1922

conoroneills.com/boulder

One of the longest-running open mic nights in Boulder, Conor O'Neill's Open Stage is held every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

"[Open Stage] is very unpretentious; everybody is welcome," said Elie Bouchard, a bartender at Conor O'Neill's who has worked Tuesday evenings for the past 13 years.

"It's a nice room, filled with friendly people."

While watching your new favorite musicians, you can enjoy Open Stage specials, like a $2 Session Lager or a taste of the old country with $4 shots of Powers Irish whiskey.

 

Wesley Fellowship

1290 Folsom St.

303-443-3934

wesleyf.org

A campus ministry at CU-Boulder, Wesley Fellowship holds an open mic night the first Tuesday of every month during the regular school year at 8 p.m. (breaks and holidays excepted).


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The event relaunches Sept. 3 this year. The stage at Wesley Chapel is augmented with a full lighting rig and sound system, as well as "an appreciative crowd [where everyone] supports each other," said director Roger Wolsey.

"Open mic night is a safe place to self-express," Wolsey said.

The chapel is an LGBTQ-friendly space and welcomes a wide variety of acts, from singer-songwriters to dancers, mimes to puppeteers, for its casual, uncensored open mics.

 

The Attic Bar and Bistro

949 Walnut St.

303-415-1300

atticbistro.com

Running from 8 to 11 p.m. every Tuesday, The Attic Bar and Bistro is another ideal venue for catching intimate live music.

"We try to build a community of aspiring musicians," said partner Michael Moore. "The tables are set up family-style to encourage players to meet other musicians."

Crowds can enjoy the songs while sipping $3 Fat Alberts (The Attic's signature house drink), available from 9 p.m. until close.

 

Outback Saloon

3141 28th St.

303-444-0081

outbacksaloon.net

Complementing the pool tables, dart boards and shuffleboards, Outback Saloon offers a sweet setup for musicians and bands looking for an open mic night.

The stage is equipped with a house drum set, microphones, amplifiers and even house guitar and bass musicians can borrow for their performance. Not limited to music, Outback Saloon's open mic nights (Thursdays at 9 p.m.) have hosted comedians and more.

"We've had a bit of everything," says manager Nick Rueschhoff. "We'll even have bands travel through and play a small set on open mic night to get some exposure."

 

Boulder's Home of the Blues

 Leigh Adams strums a 1930 dobro during an open mic night.
Leigh Adams strums a 1930 dobro during an open mic night. ( JOSHUA LAWTON )

800 28th St. (at Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites)

303-443-3322

bouldershomeoftheblues.com

Located at the Boulder Outlook Hotel, Boulder's Home of the Blues alternates between a jazz jam the first and third Sunday of each month and a blues jam on the second and fourth. Anyone is welcome to join the players on stage, but bring your chops.

"The jams are open to everybody, but they play at a pretty high caliber," said Dan King, Ambassador of Cool/operating owner.

Jam nights run from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

King said everyone from local musicians to CU students to high school kids get up and play, creating a showcase of local tunes and talent.

 

Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe

1203 13th St.

303-495-3303

innisfreepoetry.com

Held every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Innisfree's open poetry readings provide a platform for wordsmiths to share their verse.

Each poet gets about 5 minutes to read during the open mic, and some participants accompany themselves on guitar or other instruments.

 

Abo's on The Hill

1124 13th St.

303-443-3199

abosonthehill.com

Pick Night at Abo's on The Hill gives music lovers a chance to catch talented locals plucking out bluegrass jams galore while munching New York-style pizza.

Pick Night starts at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and runs until the players are tired, allowing ample time to sample specials like $5 cheese slice and Pabst Blue Ribbon, $3 well vodkas, $4 highballs and tequila sunrises and $3 Upslope beers.

 

Contact writer Adam Rowan at adam.rowan.writer@gmail.com.