If you ever get the urge to play and sing in front of people, there are plenty of opportunities sprinkled throughout the week at various open mics in Lethbridge.
Several popular new open mic nights have started. The Onion hosts a popular Monday night open mic. And there are regular Tuesday night open mics at the Slice and Mondays and Wednesday open mics at the Owl Acoustic Lounge when they don’t have bands playing, plus a Saturday night jam at the Smokehouse and the Lethbridge Folk Club open mic, which is now on the last Friday of every month at Casa. The Smokehouse Saturday night jams will be taking a break for the summer as of June 4.
A couple of of the more popular open mics are on Saturday afternoons.
The Lethbridge Public Library Family jam has been happening at the Owl Acoustic Lounge for a couple of summers, but it closes down for the summer on May 21.
“We run from October to May because it is difficult to get people out. Most kids are away or at camp during the summer,” said organizer John Greenshields. He said while most of the participants in the family jam are under 18, sometimes accompanied by their parents, they have also had prominent faces on Lethbridge’s music scene come out and play including James Oldenburg, Leeroy Stagger and some of his bandmates.
“We usually have their family in the audience so it is usually a very enthusiastic and supportive crowd,” he said.
Greenshields is looking for a few donations for the family jams including a guitar and keyboard which will be stored with the other equipment at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.