Seacoast Area Open Mike Nights

If you are learning guitar, there is no better way to sharpen your skills, make musical friends or test out your progress than to attend an open mike or "hoot." Amateurs and professionals often mingle, and both performers and audience members can enjoy some honest music-- often exciting, always untainted by commercialism! The host establishments, the performers, listeners and the community benefit when people share music in public. The Seacoast Region has a long history of friendly and often exciting open mic sessions. Bring your guitar, bring your friends.These listings are not guaranteed to be up-to-date. Sorry.

Thanks to SGS members Diedre Randall and Tony Scali for providing the details.

SGS Sponsored Open-Mike at the Redhook Brewery- Portsmouth NH

1st Wednesday every month. Sign-up to play at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm, goes till 9:30 or so. 15 mins.per performer. (Can't call ahead and sign up-- you have to be there.) It's a nice big comfortable family-style place, with decent acoustics, No Smoking, ample parking, food and beer, and centrally located.They also do an open mike at the Redhook every Wednesday, but the SGS does not show up and coordinate it, and less predictable things happen.

DIRECTIONS: Exit at Gosling Road from Rt 4/16 North Spaulding Turnpike (If you're coming from the South-- it's 1 mile up from Portsmouth Traffic Circle [exit 4 off Rt I-95] ,exit just after Home Depot sign, then you turn Left at the light at bottom of ramp, go under the freeway and enter the Tradeport. From the North side of the Spaulding, exit Gosling Road, turn R at bottom of exit ramp.) Enter Pease Tradeport, turn Left at 1st light, about 1 block. Take first Left, about 1 long block in, just after Irish bar.Take first Left again, be sure to go into Redhook parking lot, not the motel that's next door. It has a huge Red lighted sign that you can see from the interstate actually, across from Home Depot.)

The Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Church - Portsmouth NH
4th Saturday every month. Sign-up to play at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm. 15 minutes sets. Free to performers, $2 for others. Refreshments served. Great talent here! Call the Church office for more info 603-436-4762.

The Muse at the Grey Goose - Londonderry, NH
3rd Thursday of the month. Sign-ups at 7:30pm. $5 to attend/play. Two songs /per performer and a feature performer plays a short set in the middle of the evening. This is a beautiful room and worth a look see.
Meredith is the owner and can provide info 603-437-6085.

Imagine Studios - Amesbury, MA
2nd Saturday of the month. Sign-ups are at 7:30pm, music starts at 8pm. $5 to attend/play. Two songs/per performer. Kristine and Lucien, husband and wife team and great musicians, are the folks with the info 978-834-0367.

Other weekly open mics and hoots:

 Sunday  Chancery Lane Route 109, Sanford, ME 207-490-0686.
 Monday  Colby's 19 Hanson St., Rochester, 332-8660.
 Tuesday  The Press Room 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186
 Wednesday  Biddy Mulligan's 1 Washington St., Dover, 749-1100.
 Thursday  Central Ave Saloon 487 Central Ave., Dover, 743-4489
   Cornerstone Natural Foods Main St., Newmarket,
 Friday  Earcraft Music 4-5pm 432 Central Ave., Dover, 749-3138.

Boston Area Open Mic Nights

PJ Ryans - Somerville, MA
Every Monday sign up @ 8pm Approx. 3-5 tune limit with no charge. Call for details.
239 Holland Street (617) 625-8200

The Burren - Somerville, MA
Every Tuesday sign up @ 7pm15 minute limit with no charge. Call for details.
247 Elm Street (617) 776-6896

The Cantab Lounge - Cambridge, MA
Every Monday & Tuesday sign up @ 7:30pm. Call for details.
Every Wednesday & Sunday sign up @ 9pm
738 Massachusetts Avenue (617) 625-8200

If you know of other hoots or open mics that should be added to this list please email the information to

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