I’m spending a month in Portland, OR and checking out the Open Mic scene. I’ll be posting my experiences here and hopefully some recordings of me playing once I get my bearings.
After the zero that was Rock Hard PDX (see previous post), I decided to keep the night alive and head over to the “Triple Nickel Pub”. I arrived a bit late into the set, but I think I got a good feel for the Open Mic.
This is a good sized venue with pool tables and big-screen TV’s. The Open Mic is held on a stage off to the side of the bar in what looks like a DJ/dance-floor area. It’s a nice PA setup with the host running sound and providing solid levels and FX for instruments and vocals.
It was a small crowd (~10 people) but, admittedly, I arrived near the end of the open mic. The crowd (mostly fellow musicians) were supportive and appreciative of performers of all skill levels. As a 21+ venue, the performers I saw had clearly been playing for a while and sounded good to excellent.
It was a fairly subdued atmosphere largely to the lack of people in the bar and open mic area. It would have been nice to see a few more people in the venue, but I’ll be back to check this one out for it’s full schedule.
Triple Nickel Pub
3646 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97214
Open Mic : Tue 8-11PM