Last Monday I made my way to Baltimore and two open mics held weekly on Mondays there.
Teavolve: This was a very nice little restaurant with a spacious dining area and plenty of room for a well-placed performance area. The host — Acacia Sears — was very accommodating and even loaned me her guitar when one of my strings broke just before it was my turn at the mic. I kid you not. It was a nice place, nice people, and I’m going to have to give it another try because I felt my performance – because I was working with someone else’s guitar or I hadn’t eaten enough or for whatever reason – wasn’t really up to par. The evening here starts early – 7:00 p.m., I believe.
Leadbetters Tavern: This place is the epitome of a dive bar. Tons of different beers to choose from. Well worn wood everywhere. And located right in the heart of the historic Fells Point neighborhood. The host — Ken Gutberlet — was also very friendly, helpful and accommodating. In this case, he let me use his digital tuner (to get my guitar back in working condition after losing a string). The performance space is a little cramped if you have more than one performer. But it works fine for the solo singer/songwriter. The crowd here was very friendly and encouraging and seemed to really appreciate the music. Nice!!! This one begins at 9:30 p.m.