Performing original music at an Open Mic is a valuable tool for performing songwriters to improve their songs and to expand their expertise.
A song tested in front of an audience will get a different reaction than one submitted to a cold technical critique. A song performed for a live crowd must, in some way, connect with its listeners on a more emotional and visceral level. What works on paper often does not work in live performance -- and vice versa. It’s a true learning experience.
We urge you to submit any and all Open Mics that are not listed here, as we’d like to make this as comprehensive as possible.
Be sure to include as much information as possible, specifically, the who, what, where, when, and how of any Open Mic opportunities.
Also, if you should see a listing that has shut down, let us know.
Please send open mic info to:
SVSA's Guide to Local and Regional Open Mics
3rd Street Coffeehouse
Trinity United Methodist Church
3rd Street Facebook Page
305 Mountain Ave SW Roanoke
Fridays 7:00-8:15 p.m. Smokefree, alcohol-free, no-covercharge venue.
A hat is passed for donations to the featured performers.
Third Thursdays: All Open Mic 7-10pm
The Gospel Café
926 Indiana Ave NE Roanoke VA
Fri and Sat nights. 7-10 p.m.
109 S Bridge St Bedford VA
3rd Saturday of month. 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hosted by Jodie Davis.
Lucie Monroe’s Café & Bakery
1600 Roanoke St Christiansburg VA
Wednesdays. 6-9:00 p.m.
7226 Williamson Rd Roanoke VA
Tuesdays. 8:00 p.m. Solo to bands – all welcome. Hosted by Steve Guidus.
202 Market Sq Roanoke VA
Tuesdays. 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Eric Larsen.
Dogtown Roadhouse - www.dogtownroadhouse.com302 S Locust St Floyd VA 24091
Sundays. All ages. No cover charge. Music starts at 6 p.m. Sign-ups for early slots begin at 5:30, sign-ups for later slots begin at 7:00. PA and sound man provided.
Roanoke Diversity Center - http://www.roanokediversitycenter
806 Jamison Ave SE Roanoke VA
1st Fridays. Play an instrument, sing a song, read a poem, sing karaoke, or just enjoy. No cover. Snacks provided. Performers may win gift cards. Small PA, two guitars, keyboard available – or bring your own instruments (no drums but smaller percussion instruments allowed).
211B Draper Rd Blacksburg VA
Blacksburg Old-Time Jam.
Wednesdays 7-9:00 p.m. Open to anyone playing Old-Time Style.
Rock the Mic - Roanoke
Rosetti’s Family Bistro
202 Market St Roanoke VA
Wednesdays and Fridays. Killer sound, lights, merchandise table, sponsor giveaways. Loud rock and blues improv, covers, and shows.
1154 E Main St Radford VA
Wednesdays 6-8:00 p.m. Open to anyone playing Old-Time Style.