Upcoming Events


The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

    CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids

    Sunday 24 Sep 2017, 2pm

    CW and Justin Chastain will play a duet set to support a great cause.

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I often (but not always) appear and perform at several open mic events around the Des Moines metro area. Here are a few of my favorites, and when to expect them.

Second Thursday Open Mic at Ritual Café • 1301 Locust Street, Des Moines

    Mary McAdams hosts this monthly open mic, meeting the second Thursday night of each month

    from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Performers have 10 minutes or two songs (whichever comes first) to

    share their talents. Bring your music, your poetry and prose, interpretive dance, or whatever

    else you’d like to share with the group.

    Next open mics: Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10.

For the Musicians (FTM) Open Mic at Java Joe’s Theatre • 214 4th Street, Des Moines

    Host Richard Spierenberg sets the mood, and then anything (acoustic) goes. We meet every

    other Wednesday evening; sign up at 7pm, open mic runs from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

    Next open mics: Aug 19; Sep 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9, 23.

Tuesday Night Open Mic at Whiskey Dixx

    Ryan O’Rien is your host for an evening of great music. Bring your acoustic guitar, or sit in with

    some of the performers with the provided bass guitar. Rock, blues, country, folk .. it’s all good.

    Next open mics: Whiskey Dixx is in the process of changing locations. Once the move is

        finalized and the open mic is restarted, I’ll post the new dates here.

Songwriters’ Open Mic Night at Boggs’ Hull Avenue Tavern, 834 Hull Avenue, Des Moines

    Chris Boyle and Josey Todd host this monthly open jam with guitar, bass and drums provided

        (or bring your own instrument if you prefer). The evening opens with a Featured Songwriter,

        then the stage opens up and it’s anybody’s guess. Come rock with us!

    Next open mics: Aug 12, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Thursday Night Open Jam at The Gaslamp • 1501 Grand Avenue • Des Moines

    Every Thursday night from 9:00 to midnight. One of Des Moines’ longest running open jams.

        Come see what the fuss is all about.

    Next open mics: Aug 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24.