Looking for a place to play in Cary, NC? Here’s your weekly guide:
Mondays – Fortnight Brewing Company from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Fortnight Brewing Company is a Craft Brewery and Pub. It’s Cary’s first and only brewery, reproducing the tastes of UK beer styles. I’ve not yet played this open mic, but have heard good things from others who have. It’s on my list. And now I’m realizing most of the covers I perform are from UK bands…
Wednesdays – always a popular night for open mics, you can find two in Cary:
Abbey Road Tavern & Grill from 9:00PM to midnight. As the name implies. this is a music-friendly venue, with guitars and amps adorning the walls, frequent live acts, and a great open mic. I’ve played this one several times. It’s always fun and it is very well run by Tom Teachout. Most Wednesdays I play in downtown Raleigh, but will often close out the eve here if time allows. Some evenings impromptu jam sessions break out amongst attendees in the spacious outdoor area.
Mac’s Tavern from 8:00 to 11:00PM. This open mic is held outdoors through October, weather permitting (that is, if it’s raining outside, they don’t move the open mic indoors, instead it is cancelled). I’ve never played here, always arriving very late in the eve. So many open mics, so little time.
Thursdays – I’ve recently discovered the open mic at The Corner Tavern and Grill. I think this open mic is relatively new, but it is also well run. I played there this past Wednesday and was not too surprised to find some old friends from Abbey Road in attendance along with some new friends. This open mic runs from 8:00PM until midnight. I’ll be back to this one.
Sundays – Yes, Cary has a Sunday open mic. It’s the last Sunday of every month at Patrick Jane’s. I played a songwriter showcase there in April. When there is a songwriter showcase, the open mic immediately follows, with the entire event running from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. This open mic is also well run by Maverick Rose.
All of these open mics have an acoustic vibe with percussionists often in attendance playing cajóns.