Resolved to hear more music? Try one of these 35 open mic nights in DFW

A group of musicians on and in front of a stage

Social Thursdaze with Jay Indigo run from 8pm to midnight every week at Dope Ellum. Photo: Jessica Waffles

As we step into the dawn of a new year, the local music landscape in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is at a crossroads.

Recent closures of beloved music venues have left a void in the North Texas music scene, creating a sense of urgency for music enthusiasts to actively support and nurture emerging talent.

One powerful way to do so is by attending and participating in the vibrant open mic nights that echo with the soulful beats and poetic verses of budding musicians, poets, comedians, and more.

Open mic nights have long been the breeding ground for musical legends, and DFW is no exception. Icons like Charley Crockett and Leon Bridges kick-started their musical journeys in these intimate settings, where raw talent meets new audiences.

Each open mic night can be a treasure trove of undiscovered talent waiting to be unearthed. From soulful singers to poignant poets and hilarious comedians, the eclectic mix of performances are often a place of camaraderie and fun.

If you’re a musician looking to get your feet wet, open mics are the place to do it. If you’re a music lover looking for something new, open mics will help you unearth some fresh energy. Attendees are not just spectators; they are patrons of the arts – contributing to the vibrant tapestry of the ever-growing Texas music scene.

A singer on stage

Creator Jewels at Dope Ellum’s Social Thursdaze. Photo: Jessica Waffles

Open mic nights serve as a gateway to the diverse array of local music venues. By attending open mic nights, you not only support the performers but also play a vital role in sustaining these venues that are essential to the cultural fabric of the city – as they often book local live music artists throughout the week.

If you’re open mic-curious, here’s some simple etiquette that could help you get into the mindset of going to check it out:

  1. Arrive early: Secure your spot on the lineup and show respect for fellow artists by arriving early.
  2. Respect the space: Treat the venue with care and consideration. A welcoming environment fosters creativity.
  3. Listen actively: Give your full attention to performers. You might just discover your new favorite artist.
  4. Meaningful networking: Engage with fellow artists and attendees in a genuine and supportive manner. Networking is about building relationships, not just handing out business cards.
  5. Come prepared: Bring the necessary equipment for your performance unless otherwise specified by the venue.
  6. Material ready: Have your performance material ready. A well-prepared artist contributes to the smooth flow of the event.
  7. Social media savvy: Be ready to share your social media information and actively support fellow performers by following and sharing their content.
  8. Spread the love: Contribute to the online presence of the local scene by sharing videos and supporting artists on social media. Your enthusiasm can be a game-changer for someone’s career.

Now that you’ve got the low-down on how to have a good night, consider attending these open mic nights in DFW:

Weekly open mic events

One-off events

As we embark on a new year, let’s make a collective resolution to revive and amplify the melodies that define the Dallas-Fort Worth music scene.

Open mic nights are not just a stage for performers; they are a communal celebration of artistry, resilience, and shared passion. So let’s show up.

Shout out to every single open mic night host – y’all are doing the most.

Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT. 

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