October 28, 2013 by ryanglaspell
In a college town like Morgantown there is a nearly endless amount of things to do once night time rolls around. While some want to corral at 4th & Goal and have beers and debates while watching the game, and others want to don their finest polo and fist pump until their pecs give out at Lux, some may opt to settle down and listen to some local talent at an open mic. Morgantown offers a number of venues that host a consistent schedule of open mics. Open mics can host local singer/songwriters longing to play their heartfelt tunes to anyone who will listen, poets with profound, introspective poems, or stand up comics with a pocketful of jokes waiting to be laughed at. Whether you’re wanting a coffee, a meal, or a full bar at your disposal, Morgantown has the open mic for you.
The map above plots out the different open mics in Morgantown. Click on each location for more info about the open mic.
123 Pleasant Street
When you’ve got that urge to fill your soul with unfiltered, raw music, 123’s atmosphere is right for you. Rather than a bar with music, 123 is first and foremost a venue, and a highly praised one at that. Most nights you can catch live music from local or touring bands. On Tuesdays the building, which boasts a full bar, opens itself up to all local musicians wanting to be heard. If you want to catch local talent in that dim, underground atmosphere every late-night urban adventure movie displays, look no further than 123 Pleasant Street.
Blue Moose Cafe
What college student doesn’t love coffee? Nothing screams “manly” more than black coffee when the stars are out. At Blue Moose Cafe on Wednesday night you can satisfy not only your caffeine craving, but your lust for authentic artists displaying their talent. Starting at 8 pm (if you want to perform you have to sign up by 7:30) you can sit back, sip on your beverage of preference, maybe eat a bagel, and enjoy some tunes and occasional poetry.
Yes, you read it right, Shooters Bar now offers open mics. Tuesday nights from 9:30-2:30 can now be spent at Shooters dancing and partying to amateur and local DJs, rappers and other artists. Do you make some “dope beats” on your Mac in your bedroom? You can now showcase your unsung skills to all the college kids that just want to have a good, carefree, possibly intoxicated, time.
McClafferty’s Irish Pub
Is that a hearty drinking song being caroled or just some home style music performed at McClafferty’s Irish Pub’s open mic? If it is Wednesday at around 10 p.m., then you may just be hearing some music courtesy of local artists. The weekly open mic, hosted by Hillbilly Gypsies’ Trae Buckner, brings in authentic talent from around Morgantown. Grab yourself some highly approved food while you’re at it.
Gibbie’s Pub & Eatery
The lone comedy open mic on the list resides at Gibbie’s. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, beginning at 7:30 pm, you can get your funny bone tickled at this restaurant/bar on High Street.
So whether you want to strap up a guitar or work on your Kanye West impression, or just sit back and watch some local entertainment, now you can. Morgantown’s open mics don’t just cater to the artsy, hipster crowd. You can go to a restaurant, bar, coffee shop or music venue to fulfill your open mic needs.
While the burly man spends his days throatily screaming at his favorite sports team in attempt to intimidate them to do better, the gentleman enjoys some fine art and local talent from time to time. Indulge and do the same.
Any other local open mic hot spots out there? Let me know in the comments below!