There are probably enough dedicated musicians in Northeast Ohio to fill Browns Stadium more than once (just guessing), yet many keep their talents confined to bedrooms, basements, garages, etc. for a variety of reasons.
Some say they don't have time for a band. Others don't want to deal with money-hungry production companies they feel they'd have to use to get themselves on stage. Still others simply feel they don't have the talent or are just afraid to get in front of strangers for fear of scrutiny.
At McCarthy's open jam night, everyone of all different genres and ability levels are welcome to play without ANY restrictions. It's one of the best haven's live musicians in the area to come express themselves on stage.
Anything goes at McCarthy's! It's one of the few places in Greater Cleveland where you can see a solo acoustic performance followed by a comedy routine, followed by a hard rock performance with a full band made up of musicians who've never played together before!
There are free giveaways courtesy of Bruno Brothers every week. Prizes usually consist of guitar strings and drum sticks. In December, there will be a drawing for $500. To enter, anyone who plays is allowed one raffle ticket with their name and phone number for each jam night they play in. Jammers are the only ones allowed to sign up for both raffles.
The open jam is hosted by local music entrepreneur George Hartwig who is currently the singer/guitarist for the critically acclaimed Metallica tribute band "Battery."
George has hosted many open mic's in the past in addition to giving music lessons and playing solo acoustic shows with original material and covers. One of his more recent open mic endeavors at O'Malley's Bar ended as many live music showcases do all too often in Cleveland. Lack of support resulted in the demise of a Tuesday night jam beloved by its regulars.
Many of those determined to continue the fight to keep free-form jamming alive have migrated to McCarthy's where a larger venue with a larger scale and an electronic drum kit allow for anything and everything musical to happen on stage every Monday and it does!