You don’t have to be in a band to get up on stage and do your thing. It’s a great way to stay in practice, meet other musicians in town, and get used to playing on a stage in front of people. Salem has quite a few open mics and jam nights. I think I’ve tracked them all down, but I’m sure they’ll keep popping up. So here’s the lowdown as far as I know. If I missed some, let me know. Monday: Shotski’s Blues Jam Night • 6 – 10pm • All Ages; Hump Day Jam at South Liberty Bar • 6 – 9pm • 21+; Open Mic Night with Rich McCloud at Shotskis • Every 1st & 3rd Wednesdays • 6 – 8pm • All Ages; Jam Night at The Triangle • Starts around 8pm •21+; Westside Station Jam • 9pm • 21+. And I’ve seen some sporadic jams at Silver Spur and Venti’s downtown. That’s a lot of jam. Spread it on thick…yeah.
About The Author
Julie was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She started playing bass guitar in the late 80s and played in local bands Good Question, butterMilk and the Other. She took time off the music scene in the late 90s to raise a family. She came back to bass in 2014 and once again got involved in the local music scene. She plays bass in Marc and The Horsejerks and Mr. Frederick's Production Co. She has been the music writer/editor for Salem Weekly since May 2015.