In the city that never sleeps, there are many ways to get your daily dose of entertainment. From the subway station, to the sidewalks, to the local parks; entertainment is all over the Big Apple. But for those of you looking for something a little less spontaneous, here’s a highlight of venues that offer open mics and live entertainment for NYC budding talents and spectators. Enjoy!
The Village Underground quotes itself as presenting “the greatest most dynamic live music in New York.” The Underground is famous for its truly talented and mesmerizing live house band that plays almost every night. From Wednesday through Friday, the band plays everything ranging from vintage rock, reggae, funk, R&B, and country music. On Saturday nights VU transforms into a nightclub that offers a unique blend of live top 40 music and the house DJ. VU Sundays are home to showcase New York City talent with ‘Open Mic with Ron Grant.’ Ron Grant’s Open Mic Sunday at VU is the longest running and most prestigious open mic that has been known to feature and seat many celebrities including Chaka Kahn, Prince, Mariah Carey, and more. For more info, visit The Village Underground.
The Inspired Word is a movement that was founded and produced by New York City journalist and former Village Voice columnist, Mike Geffner. The Inspired Word is featured at a number of different venues all over the City showcasing the hottest in open mic ranging from comedy, poetry, singing, and storytelling. The venues include Bare Burger (happening EVERY Monday night), Tammany Hall (happening EVERY Monday), Le Poisson Rouge (happening EVERY 3rd FRIDAY of the month), and Funkadelic Studios (happening the 1st two Fridays EVERY month). To find out more, visit The Inspired Word.
Nicholas Brooklyn is a store located in both Brooklyn and Harlem that offers organic products as well as wellness and community building programs such as Yoga and open mic nights throughout the month. Click on the events tab on the site to see what unique programs and showcases that Nicholas Brooklyn has in store. Whether you’re a poet, singer, or up and coming MC, Nicholas Brooklyn will embrace your talent with open arms.
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