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Changes to Open Mic and Jam Sessions in Omaha

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Big Al Dance Party with Katana

There have been some changes in the open mic and jam session world in Omaha. Some nights have been shuffling around—new hosts and new nights. Monday through Thursday are packed with opportunities for performers to try out their craft.

On Monday’s NOMA continues it’s Jazz Sessions, where youth and elders meet to perform, jam, and learn. Shake Down Street continues what I consider to be the longest-running open mic in Omaha on Monday’s. The night has a new host, Katana, and according to my friend Big Al, it is starting to pop off again like it used to.

Tuesday’s find Culxr House doing an open mic every other Tuesday, with the opposite Tuesday being an open mic workshop. This is open to musicians, rappers, poets, and more. Also on Tuesday is the open mic at Broke Down Palace, which is always full of performers lining up to play.

Wednesdays are getting super packed. NOMA has moved its Contemporary Jam to Wednesday’s in collaboration with Culxr House to allow for more music to happen on more nights on 24th Street. They are now calling this night NOMA Underground, and it is also open to musicians, vocalists, rappers, and poets. This is one of the most fun nights to attend as an audience member. A popular weekly event is the Down Under open mic night, hosted by Mad Darling, and that continues on Wednesday nights. Downtown Omaha got its first open mic night in awhile with The Tavern opening up shop on Wednesday’s, and starting next week, The Dubliner will also host a downtown open mic on Wednesday’s. Razor Wire Productions also host an open mic night on Wednesday nights starting at 6PM.

Thursday’s open mic is at The Beach House bar and is called Artists Anonymous.

I am sure there are more out there; be sure to let me know so I can add it to the weekly calendar and talk about it in the future. If you are heading out to an open mic night, make sure to check to make sure the time is firm for that night and the event is happening. Especially going into the winter months.

See you on stage!

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