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Recommended Open Mics
Open Mic Night at Eddie's Attic
Eddie's Attic is Atlanta's longest running open mic. Though there is a heavy backlog for sign up (one usually has to sign up weeks in advance), it is worth the wait to play in one of Atlanta's most prestigious acoustic venues--Eddie's Attic has been the stomping grounds for players like John Mayer, Jennifer Nettles, and Sheryl Crow. Eddie's is a smoke free, and located in the heart of Decatur at 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030 (404-377-4976). Open mic is every Monday night at 8:00 p.m.
Open Blues Jam at Northside Tavern
Monday Nights 8PM
Now for all y'all die hard blues folks, Northside Tavern is the spot to test your mettle with a live backing band. The Monday night blues Jam is open to players of all instruments, but you better be playin' blues and you better not be scared of a late night! If that all sounds a bit intimidating, we recommend that you reconnoiter and enjoy a bourbon, a scotch, and a beer before jumping on stage. If liquid courage won't cure some stage fright, give it a week of practice before layin' down some heavy tunes.
Songwriter's Open Mic at Red Clay Theatre
Monday Nights 7:30PM (Doors at 7PM) $5
After parting ways with his legendary establishment Eddie's Attic, Eddie Owen proudly opened the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. Okay, for most of us around here it's a drive (but then again what isn't in Atlanta?!), but this venue is well worth it, especially for any aspiring performer who would like to experience a professional stage. Not only is the venue beautiful (like a mini Variety Playhouse), but the sound is fantastic! This open mic is structured just like the ongoing open mic at The Attic (formerly Eddies Attic), such that there is a weekly winner, and a bi annual shootout for killer prizes, so come armed with your best material. Otherwise, it is a great opportunity to just listen to some of Atlanta's most motivated original songwriters, while enjoying a nice beverage (rumor has it that Eddie is opening a pub next door as well, yay!). And if you live in Duluth and haven't made this venue a regular haunt, well shame on you!
Jazz Jam at Twain's
Tuesday Nights 9PM
In our opinion, it's hard to beat a combination of great beer and eats (especially home brew), billiards, and guitars--I mean, what else is there?!! It just so happens one can indulge all these tempatations at once at Twain's in Decatur, one of the coolest brew pubs in the Atlanta area. The Joe Gransden Quartet hosts an open Jazz Jam at 9PM every Tuesday, so bring an axe, a stick, an appetite, and some licks, and get down!
Bill Sheffield's Acoustic Jam at Darwins
Tuesday Nights 8PM
If you're up Marietta way and if you have a hankering to take part in darn good open mic, you owe it to yourself to check out Bill Sheffield's Acoustic Jam at Darwins Burgers and Blues. Bill is one of Atlanta's long time acoustic blues ambassadors, and he has graced every stage from Northside Tavern to Blind Willies and just about any place else worth mentioning here in the Atlanta area and beyond. So go on up to Darwin's when you get a chance, chomp on a burger and stomp your foot to some good ol' acoustic blues!
Musical Camps and Workshops
Workshops at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch
Of all the the great guitar clinics and camps out there, this is perhaps the most popular. Just picture it, you and some buddies hanging out with a bunch of fellow guitar nerds on a beautiful ranch, with catered food, world class instructors, guitars of all sorts, live concerts, picking and grinning for a long weekend. Chicken soup for the soul indeed! Unlike some camps, Fur Peace has an ongoing schedule. For more information visit: http://www.furpeaceranch.com/index.html
Steve Kaufman's Flatpicking Camp
Steve's special Kamps are designed to gather musicians of all levels from around the globe with common goals - learning, playing, eating and sleeping music. Whether you are a beginner's beginner or a seasoned professional, eachKamp's classes and activities will inspire and challenge you. The intent is to maintain a non-competitive, learning atmosphere that will encourage you to grow musically and seek out new ways of playing your instrument.
Steve has put together the strongest team of Guitar, Bass, Fiddle, Dobro (tm), Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer, Songwriting/Vocals and Mandolin instructors the world has to offer. For more information: http://www.acoustic-kamp.com/