Written by: Lauren Vukicevich
If you’ve ever been to Farmers’ Market in downtown San Luis Obispo, or even meandered down Higuera Street on a Friday night, you probably noticed live music coming from all directions. You’ve seen street performers, noticed acoustic music coming from a coffee shop, or heard the familiar sounds of a reggae band pouring through the open doors of SLO Brew. With music surrounding our everyday lives, it is hard not to take all of these opportunities for granted.
San Luis Obispo is home to many music lovers: people that love to hear live music, and people who want to MAKE live music. There are countless striving musicians and upcoming artists who are constantly searching for places to perform. Luckily, SLO County has many restaurants, cafes, and breweries that host live music. Sometimes, there are a few bands lined up to play, but there are also times when anyone is allowed to get up and serenade the crowd.
Open mic nights, open jams, and even karaoke, provide opportunities for members of our community to showcase their talents and creativity. These loosely-structured shows are a good way to test out new songs and techniques, and can be valuable experiences for new artists. Whether it is someone’s first or hundredth performance, the thrill never seems to fade.
Open mic: Sundays, 2pm – The Porch (Santa Margarita)
Jam: Sundays – Shell Café (Pismo Beach)
Open mic: Tuesdays, 9pm – Creekside Brewing Co (Downtown SLO)
Open mic: Wednesdays, 8-10pm -Kreuzberg, CA café (downtown SLO)
Blues Jam: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 – Shell Café (Pismo Beach)
Blues Jam: Wednesdays, 8pm – Merrimaker (Los Osos)
Open jam: Thursdays, 7:30pm – Otter Rock Cafe (Morro Bay)
“Ted Waterhouse Real Blues Jam”: Thursdays, 5-8pm – Barrel House (Paso Robles)
Karaoke: Fridays, 10:30pm – The Merrimaker (Los Osos)
Open mic: Saturdays – Cafe Vio (Paso Robles)
These are just some of the performance opportunities that we have here in San Luis Obispo County. I challenge you: experience at least one of these events this fall. Whether you want to perform, or just sit back and enjoy the music, this community welcomes and encourages you to be a part of it!