In fact, I did indeed announce the closing of the Ptit Bonheur la Chance bar’s open mic on 15 May after a three year run. It had been one of the best open mics in Paris for its charm, its musicians, its MCs, it’s understanding bar owner/manager, its fabulous set up – a bar to talk in on the ground floor and a cave cellar to play in in the basement, and above all, for its quiet and respectful audiences. Oh, and beer and other drinks that are affordable to starving, broke and drunken musicians.
It came as a massive surprise to everyone who took part in it when we learned that Pierre, the owner, had sold the bar to a new proprietor and the open mic was being closed. It felt like the end of an era. In fact, I made a video of the last night, which I am reposting.
But now, the new proprietor has negotiated with Yaco Mouchard, Ollie Joe, the multi-named, multi-talented MC, to return the open mic to the same location – now under a different name (La Tireuse) – and to once again hold the open mic every Tuesday evening, running it the way it always was run … at least I hope that there will be no new constraints.
It starts again this coming Tuesday at 18 rue Laplace, near the Panthéon, at the bar now called “La Tireuse.” An 8 PM start. And it would be wise to show up early if you want to play. I know that many of the regular performers are ecstatic at this open mic’s return. But let’s see how it goes. My experience with open mics is such that I have seen that the most successful ones are always those that get ALL the ingredients right. So it will be interesting to see how the new owner/managers manage the open mic. Keep posted on this site to find out!
September 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm
I’ve been reading your blog in search of open mics in Paris, and i would like to recommend you the one i attend almost every friday and you may not know : le ton air de brest, 8 rue maison-dieu, 75014 Paris, métro gaité. the open mic usually starts around 8 pm and ends about 10 pm. We play mostly blues, funk but any kind of music is welcome.
Anyway, thanks for writing about the underground musical life in Paris.
September 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Thanks very much for that. Yes, I’ve been at that one before, and wasn’t aware it was still happening. Of course, it’s much more a jam, in my experience. Not really for solos? But I’ll definitely put it on my list – especially since not much is happening on Friday nights….