The Five Best Musical Open Mic Nights in St. Louis

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Because everyone deserves a shot behind the mic. Yes, even you.
Open mic nights are an invaluable asset to any music scene. Whether you're a budding musician looking to hone your skills with some stage time, an occasional hobbyist just playing a few of your favorite songs for fun, or a seasoned professional looking to try out some new material, open mic nights are a great way to commune with other local musicians of all skill levels.

Luckily for St. Louis-area musicians of all stripes, we've got no shortage of music-oriented open mics around town. Here are five of the best that St. Louis and the surrounding area have to offer:

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The Best Standup Comedy Shows of 2014

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Christopher Titus performed this past May at the Edison Theatre. Read the full interview here.

Funny Events, the monthly comedy column here at Riverfront Times is now two years old. In that short time, the number of weekly stand-up open mics increased from four to, well, we're still counting. While some are still going strong, others came and went with a select few just getting off the ground. Comics are independently producing their own shows and, in my five years of being involved, I'm seeing many venues seek out comedy nights for the first time.


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St. Louis Comedy 2014: Reviewed By Local Comedians

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A scene from St. Louis' only late-night show, STL Up Late.

Rather than write a long-winded love story about comedy in St. Louis, RFT Music decided to reach out to the scene's key players for their side of the 2014 comedy story. We asked them to submit a meme, GIF or two-sentence summary of their 2014 comedy experience. A few went straight to photoshop while others went the route of shameless self-promotion. All in all, the collection is just about as true as it gets -- without jokes, we'd only have ourselves to laugh at.

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The 10 Best Band Names In St. Louis

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Fister, definitely appearing on this list.
Coming up with a good name for your band is crucial. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but it's hard to imagine Coldplay becoming the vanilla-rock powerhouse it is today as Pectoralz. That said, if one of the world's most famous bands started out with a name that godawful, then there's hope for us all, right?

While the rest of us are still scratching our heads and naming our bands after misspelled foods, these ten St. Louis acts have succeeded in crafting memorable monikers that are well suited to their musical endeavors.

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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: November 2014

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There will (probably) never be another month like October in St. Louis for standup comedy. Luckily, standup isn't all there is. The gears have been ground and it's time to shift back to the local scene. Jokes abound -- and they don't always require a man standing behind a microphone.

For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.

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The Best of St. Louis 2014 Music Winners

Categories: Best Of

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Our extra-thick love letter to St. Louis -- also known as our annual "Best Of St. Louis" issue -- hits stands today! With roughly 250 categories ranging from "Best Politician" to "Best Athlete's Butt," there's plenty of St. Louis' finest to celebrate within.

But this is the music blog, where we are specifically interested in the music stuff.`

See also: 18andCounting, Coreyography and iLLPHONICS to Perform at RFT Best Of Party October 2

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18andCounting, Coreyography and iLLPHONICS to Perform at RFT Best Of Party October 2

Categories: Best Of

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Stan Chisholm, a.k.a. 18andcounting, will perform at this year's party.
It is Riverfront Times' Best Of season! Each fall we honor the city's favorite restaurants, businesses, politicians, artists, musicians and even atheletes' butts with an extra-thick issue bursting at the seams with....well, the very Best that St. Louis has to offer. While that issue is just around the corner, so is our big party celebrating its release, and you are invited!

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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: September 2014

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For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.


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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: August 2014

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For those in search of laughter or curious about the goings-on of the comedy scene in St. Louis, we will be making monthly recommendations for shows in (and near) the city. From sure-thing hilarious to fingers-crossed, "Oh God! I hope this works" affairs, Funny Events is your connection to sketch, standup, improv and everything in between and out of the box.


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The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: June 2014

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There have been months when "The Best Comedy Shows" have actually been the only comedy shows, which is not a secret that needs to be kept. Comedy typically takes a nose dive after April on account of the people in St. Louis making patios, beers and the Cardinals their top priorities, but thanks to the terrible weather and the growing necessity to laugh, comedy in this town is soldiering on.

This month's "Best" is about as true to the title as it's been since I started recommending shows over a year and a half ago.

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