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Update of Thumbnail Guide to Barcelona Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music

May 27, 2016
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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

I have updated my Thumbnail Guide to Barcelona Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music. I was most delighted to find that the Big Bang Bar has reinstated an open mic – of a different kind to the one it used to host, and which I had taken off the list after it was done away with. There are two or three other updates, including great Facebook page for finding open mics.

So take a visit to my Thumbnail Guide to Barcelona Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music.

So check it out!

Update of Thumbnail Guide to Shanghai Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music

April 19, 2016
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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

I have updated my Thumbnail Guide to Shanghai Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, after having returned yesterday – pretty good timing this time.

But the problem is, and this is slightly depressing, most of the updating I did on the list was to remove open mics and venues that no longer exist. I was unable to update with any new venue, although I was able to improve my section about the House of Blues & Jazz, as I had not actually played there until this trip….

So take a visit to my Thumbnail Guide to Shanghai Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music.

So check it out!

Update of Thumbnail Guide to Bahrain Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music

April 15, 2016
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Bahrain skylineSHANGHAI – I may be in Shanghai at the moment, and so I may be on to other open mics in a different part of the world, but it was time to catch up with the unfinished business of updated my Thumbnail Guide to Bahrain Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, the city I played in two weeks ago.

I have added a couple of new open mics – The Envy Lounge and the Big Texas BBQ & Waffle House – to the list, so take a visit to my Thumbnail Guide to Bahrain Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music.

So check it out!

Update of Thumbnail Guide to Melbourne Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music

April 3, 2016
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Melbourne Skyline

Melbourne Skyline

MANAMA, Bahrain – I may be in Bahrain at the moment, and so I may be on to other open mics in a different part of the world, but it was time to catch up with the unfinished business of updated my Thumbnail Guide to Melbourne Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, the city I played in two weeks ago.

I have added a new open mic – Station 59 – to the list, and updated some other details – including the changes made to the Great Britain Hotel open mic, so take a visit to my Thumbnail Guide to Melbourne Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music.

So check it out!

An Update to My Abu Dhabi Open Mic Guide

December 26, 2015
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abu dhabi

Abu Dhabi

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

I have added a new open mic/jam session at the Mood Indigo bar of the Mercure City Centre hotel.

An Update to My Sao Paulo Open Mic Guide

November 17, 2015
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Sao Paulo skyline

Sao Paulo skyline

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

I have added a new location for the Lua Nova open mic venue and I have added the new discovery of the Gênesis de Gênios open mic.

Worldwide Open Mic Thumbnail Guide: Mexico City Edition

November 10, 2015
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Mexico City

Mexico City

For my 24th city installment of my worldwide open mic guide today I am loading my Mexico City page. As a reminder, it all started with my now very popular Thumbnail Guide to Paris Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, and due to that guide’s success, I decided this year to do a similar guide for each of the cities I travel to during my worldwide open mic tour.

HUGE Mexico City, MUCH music, but not Exactly Full of Open Mics

Mexico City is like around 21 million people in population, and located in Latin America. So you would expect it to be full of musical jams and open mics. After all, what a guitar-making industry! They make the famous Mexican Stratocasters, they make a lot of the Taylor guitars today as well. And when I was there, I saw all sorts of neat guitars and other instruments in several music shops. But I found only ONE open mic. Having said that, it was just my first and only visit to Mexico City, and as a first time visitor, this is NOT an easy to visit. So I’m hoping that with readers’ feedback, and further adventures of my own in Mexico City, I will eventually be able to find more open mics and jam sessions.

Worldwide Open Mic Guide Philosophy

The only guide I am really in a good position to update regularly is that of Paris, since I live there. But I decided to do guides to all the other more than 20 cities on my worldwide open mic tour in order to give the knowledge I have personally of each city’s open mics. The guide has links to sites I know of local guides that may be more up-to-date, but I have chosen to list the open mics or jam sessions that I have played in myself. There may be others that I know of, but if I have not played there, I will not include it on the list. That way, the user learns a little of my own impressions. But I cannot be as certain that the guide is up-to-date – so check before you go.

So here, now, in any case is the Thumbnail Guide to Mexico City Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music. Please do help me whenever you have information to give me on venues.

Update of Thumbnail Guide to Melbourne Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music

March 14, 2015
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Melbourne Skyline

Melbourne Skyline

MELBOURNE – I was hoping to do more open mics in Melbourne, but the travel, heat, cold, air conditioning and who knows what all else mean that I caught a bad cold and will be spending the next days while not working, sleeping. So I doubt I will try any new open mics before I leave on Monday.

I have, however, now added some new open mics to my Thumbnail Guide to Melbourne Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music, and removed some that have ceased to exist since I visited last year.

So check it out!

Worldwide Open Mic Journey 2014: The Multimedia Consolidation – Paris

December 26, 2014
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Paris Skyline

Paris Skyline

My worldwide open mic journey began in China in 2008 after the Formula One race in Shanghai, and little did I know that it was a journey that would continue for six more years and cover most of the globe, every continent except Africa (where I once lived and played music in an open mic decades earlier) and Antarctica, and that it would spawn a book, a blog, an album, a documentary film, numerous podcasts, music videos and other multimedia projects.

This year, 2014, I have decided to finish all of the projects and tie them together into a consolidation of multimedia. As part of my personal impetus to gather it all together for myself, but also put it into perspective on this blog, I have decided to create a page for each city I have visited on the journey, tying together samples of the whole multimedia adventure linked to that city.

So here is the page devoted to tying together the pieces of the open mic adventure that I have lived in Paris since I first started.

Worldwide Open Mic Journey 2014: The Multimedia Consolidation – Abu Dhabi

December 10, 2014
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bait al oud

bait al oud

My worldwide open mic journey began in China in 2008 after the Formula One race in Shanghai, and little did I know that it was a journey that would continue for six more years and cover most of the globe, every continent except Africa (where I once lived and played music in an open mic decades earlier) and Antarctica, and that it would spawn a book, a blog, an album, a documentary film, numerous podcasts, music videos and other multimedia projects.

This year, 2014, I have decided to finish all of the projects and tie them together into a consolidation of multimedia. As part of my personal impetus to gather it all together for myself, but also put it into perspective on this blog, I have decided to create a page for each city I have visited on the journey, tying together samples of the whole multimedia adventure linked to that city.

So here is the page devoted to tying together the pieces of the open mic adventure that I have lived in Abu Dhabi since I first started.

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