OPEN MICS / MUSIC SERIES / FESTIVALS

This is a current list of open mics, music series, summer concerts and annual festivals within New London county (and select Westerly, RI)

*Last Updated 5/30/24

Open Mics

Weekly Mondays:
 
Songwriter's Open Mic @ Perks & Corks (Westerly, RI)
(A weekly open mic every Monday; Sign ups 7:30-8:30pm. Original music only, solo acoustic and must sing and play an instrument; 8-11pm)
https://www.facebook.com/perksandcorks

Weekly Mondays:
 
Open Drum Circle @ Whale Tail Parade Plaza New London
(Open drum circle at the Whale Tail fountain at Parade Plaza hosted by Susan Jensen - every Monday through the summer months, weather permitting; Chairs and usually extra instruments are available but BYO amps, hula hoops etc. All are welcome, all skill levels, all instruments, all dancers, all listeners)


Weekly Tuesdays:
 
Unplugged / Acoustic Open Mic Night @ Strange Brew Pub
(Hosted weekly by locally based musician Danny Fleet! Acoustic open mic with weekly featured musician, 
free, music at 7:30pm,!)

Monthly 1st Thursday:

Open Mic @ Hygienic Art
(Monthly open mic hosted by comedian, Dame FK; all talents welcome! 2 song time slot for musicians; 5-7pm)


Monthly 2nd Thursday:

Open Jam @ Strange Brew Pub Norwich

(Open jam every second Thursday of the month at Strange Brew Pub in Norwich; bring your band, play solo or collaborate with other musicians or come down and enjoy the open mic talent; full back line of drums, percussion, amps and more; 7:30pm / free admission /21+)
https://www.facebook.com/strangebrewpub

Monthly 3rd Thursday:

Original Songwriters Night @ Dive at Port Of call Mystic
 
(Monthly Series featuring original song writers held on the 3rd Thursday of most months at Dive Bar downstairs from Port Of Call in Mystic; featured musician goes on at 8pm; please join us at 7pm for open mic - 5 slots available for local original singer/songwriters. Email sign up in advance: rich.mcsweeney@outlook.com; PA, mics & piano available; 7-10pm)

Monthly Thursday:

Open Mic @ Golden Owl
 
(Monthly open mic hosted by Goose. Guitars and piano available for use or bring your own instrument. All ages and skill levels welcome. Check Golden Owl website for event dates.7-10pm)

Monthly 2nd Friday:

Open Mic @ Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe

(Monthly open mic hosted by Terri & Rob; Minimum 3 songs for each performer (additional, if time allows). House piano and sound system available. Bring your instrument, your originals, your covers, your friends. All ages welcome! $5 pp door donation; 7-9pm).

Monthly Last Friday:

Teen Open Mic @ Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe

(Monthly teen open mic held on the last Friday of the month; Calling all teens 11-19! Stop in to sing solo or with other teens in the area. All levels invited to drop in to perform their music and try out new songs with our growing audience of you music enthusiasts Lots of fun... meet new teens who just love to perform and learn to perform in front of a live audience; $5 door donation; 6:30-9pm)

Monthly 4th Sunday:

Open Mic @ Custom House Maritime Museum

(Monthly Open mic co-hosted by Kenny "Doc" Frazier and Christina Corcoran. We welcome music, poetry or prose. Open to all ages and abilities for fun camaraderie! Bring instruments and perform or just sit back and enjoy! Last Sunday of every month 6-9pm)
https://www.facebook.com/events/287108967319243/287108977319242


Bi-Monthly on 4th Sunday:

Youth-On-The-Mic  @ The Knickerbocker (Westerly, RI)

(Presented by The United Theatre and The Knickerbocker Music Center; Held every other month on the 4th Sunday; an open mic series for 6th to 12th graders who want to perform, sing or play music (whether original or covers) to an audience; 5-8pm)





Music Series


Weekly Tuesdays & Fridays: 
Live Jazz @ Port Of Call Mystic
(A weekly series featuring live jazz on Tuesdays and Fridays at Port of Call in Mystic)



Weekly Thursdays:
Jazz Improv 
@ DPI, Mystic 
(Jazz improv with Ian Kelly, Fred Fagan, Tom Latewiec and guests; held weekly every Thursday at 9pm-ish to 11pm-ish in the downstairs bar at Captain Daniel Packer Inn, Mystic; Free / 21+)
https://www.facebook.com/captdpi
Monthly Friday: 
(Sep-May)
Friday Night Folk 
@ All Souls New London 
(Monthly Folk Music Concert Series held at All Souls, 19 Jay Street in NL; September through May)

Weekly Sundays:
Jazz Brunch w/ Mystic Horns @ Velvet Mill Atrium Stonington
(Weekly concert series held on Sunday mornings 11am-2pm featuring the Mystic Horns Jazz Group performing at the Stonington Velvet Mill near Whitecrest Eatery and Beer'd Brewing; moves to dinner 5-8pm during the summer months due to the heat)






Summer Concert Series

July Mondays:
Blue Monday Concerts @ Mystic River Park 
(Concert series during July at Mystic River Park near the drawbridge)
https://www.facebook.com/blue.monday.1



Summer Tuesdays:
Summer Sounds @ Mystic River Park 
(Community concert series from June-August on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm held at Mystic River Park)
Summer Wednesdays:
Summer Concerts 
@ Waterford Beach Park
(A summer concert series hosted weekly by Waterford Rec held on Wednesdays June-August at Waterford Beach Park)
https://www.facebook.com/WaterfordCTRecParks

Summer Wednesdays & Fridays:
Wed: Rock The Docks 
@ Howard Brown Park Norwich 
Fri: Friday Night Acoustics @ Norwichtown Green
(Concert series hosted by the Norwich Chamber at Howard Brown Park Docks and the Norwich Town Green held weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays during July & August)
http://www.norwichchamber.com/rock-the-docks.html


Summer Wednesdays & Fridays:
Summer Concerts 
@ McCook's Beach Niantic 
(Concert series during July & August held weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays on the beach and Friday's in the bandshell)
https://eltownhall.com/general/summer-concerts/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/McCook-Park-Beach/148701255184807
Summer Thursdays:
Summer Sound Waves 
@ Esker Point Beach Groton
(A concert series hosted by the Town of Groton Parks & rec and Groton Utilities held weeklys on Thursdays June-August at Esker Point Beach in Groton)

Summer Thursdays:
Summer Concerts 
@ Saltwater Farm Vineyard Stonington 
(Concert series held weekly on Thursdays during the summer months at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington)

Summer 
Fridays:
Concerts In The Park 
@ Washington Park Groton 

(A concert series hosted by City of Groton Parks & Rec and Groton Utilities held weekly on Fridays June-August at Washington Park in Groton)

Summer Fridays:
Summer Concerts 
@ Stonington Vineyards 
(Concert Series weekly during July & August at Stonington Vineyards)
https://stoningtonvineyards.com/events/summer-concert-series/
Summer Fridays:
Bash On The Grass 
@ Foxwoods Casino 
(Weekly concert series held on selectFridays in the summer months on Grand Pequot Tower lawn)
https://www.foxwoods.com/bashonthegrass

Summer 
Sundays:
Summer Concerts 
@ Eastern Point Beach Groton
(Monthly concert series at Eastern Point Beach in Groton)
https://www.facebook.com/cogparksandrec



Festivals


River Jam Festival (June)

@ Mystic Shipyard
(The River Jam Festival is a Music Festival at Mystic Shipyard annually in June; showcasing music from rock to reggae, blues to country)
https://mysticriverjam.com/



Rose Arts Festival 
(last Sat in June)
@ Downtown Norwich
(Music and arts festival in downtown Norwich held annually in June)


Ocean Beach Polka Days
(June)
@ Ocean Beach New London
(Polka fest hosted by Ocean Beach annually in June)
https://www.oceanbeachparkpolkadays.com/




Sailfest (2nd weekend in July)

@ Downtown New London
(SE CT's premiere summertime event - annually the second weekend of July, attracting over 300,000 people over the three-day festival; with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, Tall Ship, and over 100 vendors lining the downtown streets)

http://www.sailfest.org

Maritime Hertitage Fest (Sep)
@ Waterfront Park / Downtown New London
(Maritime festival held annually in September in Downtown New London)
https://ctmaritimefest.com


Rock Fix & Hootenanny (last Sat in Jan)
@ New London
(Hygienic Art hosts 'Salon Des Independants' art show annually at the end of January in New London; annual music events such as the 'Hygienic Hootenanny' and the 'Rock Fix' are held in conjunction with the celebration)






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