Lestat’s, a coffee house that doubles as a music venue, is well-known among San Diego artists, not just musical artists but comedians and poets as well. The great café and friendly service for this twenty four hour a day, three room building that offers live nightly music could be the reason for its popularity but it isn’t. The open mic night on Monday draws hundreds of local and visiting performers to the dark third room that offers a stage, an audience, and a crowd that all share the same passion. The routine is simple and relaxed, every Monday the performers gather at 6:00p.m. place their names into a bowl and whoever is drawn out performs. The charming host, Chad Taggart, controls the madness and jokes in between sets. The range of expertise in performances varies from first timers to touring with cd releases. The main idea of the evening is fun and sharing. For San Diego, Lestat’s is quote “the open mic”; while other coffee shops offer an open mic night, Lestat’s boasts the largest gathering. The dimly lit room lined with chairs maintains a decent crowd for the five hours the mic remains open. People from the sidewalk can freely wander in and out as the performers change after two songs or five minute skits. All performers are applauded and connections can be made while waiting or congratulating. Artists bring cds to sell or can be recorded. The vibe is mellow, encouraging, and supportive but not over the top. Lestat’s on Mondays is the local place to go if a person wants to share their passion or support others in their dreams.
October 9, 2013