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An Update to My Paris Open Mic Guide

June 9, 2017

Thumbnail Open Mic Guide

Thumbnail Open Mic Guide

Just a note to say that I have updated my open mic city guide, The Thumbnail Guide to Paris Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music.

The last time I updated, in March, I brought the sad new of the closing of the Caveau des Oubliettes. Now, I bring great news in the recent addition of an absolutely fabulous Paris open mic, which takes place at the Rush Bar on Mondays (heading for its 20th edition this Monday). I have also tweaked bits and pieces throughout the rest of the guide to try to keep it as up-to-date as possible.

So The Thumbnail Guide to Paris Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, remains the most extensive and up-to-date guide of the Paris open mic scene. Check it out!


  1. Hi Brad,

    a couple of weeks ago I actually hit a couple of Open Mics on the Rue de Lappe and since I was early there was nearly nothing going on there so I went to Madame Louis, 1 Quai de Bourbon, Paris, France, 01 40 51 05 05, and aunfortunately, by the time I found it with Metro and on foot it was about 11pm and was indeed impressed with the location but they told me there – by a nice guy – that they don’t have the open mike anymore, but are scheduling singing acts on Mondays and also something on Wednesdays, I believe. I left him my copy of your Paris Thumbnail with your entry for his place and I suggested he call you, so that you might change the write-up. Perhaps he has not done this.

    Just thought I’d let you know. Definitely call before you go there and ask what kind of entertainment they have on the day you wish to go there.

    • No, they didn’t contact me. On the other hand, what do you make of this announcement from last week or so, which is what I based my statement on about there possibly still being a jam happening there? Check it out:

      • Hi Brad, as I don’t speak French. But I just ran the ‘Le Jam’ text you included through google translate. The new concept sounds interesting. Perhaps the guy I refer and talked to was trying to tell me that they were going to try something new, but what he couldn’t tell me or I couldn’t understand with my minimal French…:) I still would phone before I’d go there. Perhaps someone who speaks good French will go there and enlighten himself and then the rest of us on what they are trying out, especially those who want to perform? Perhaps it will catch on and someone will write of his/her experience. And, incidentally, if you’re just a tourist and want to visit a great place in a great setting – on the banks of the Seine – and/or have a drink in that area, it’s a wonderful setting.


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