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The Jam'n Java Open Mic and Coffeehouse, open Fridays every month, performs its sets at the Kickstand Cafe. The next is set for Oct. 2, with Somebody's Mother.


Jam'n Java Open Mic

Friday, Oct. 2,
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Kickstand Cafe
594 Mass. Ave.


Come listen to talented local performers or sign up to play.
 All are welcome. Admission is free.

Performer Sign-up Process 

  • Show up between 6:00 - 6:30 to sign up. Playing order will be randomly assigned with the first performer going on at 6:45.
  • Anyone arriving after 6:30 will be added to the performer list in the order that they sign up.
  • If there is not enough time for someone to perform, they will be guaranteed a slot the following month if they show up by 6:30.
A typical evening provides an opportunity for about 12 to 14 acts to perform two songs each. Each month we also have a feature act that performs a 30 minute set. For more information:

Upcoming Jam’n Java Open Mic Dates and Featured Performers

November 6 Mark Sandman
December 4 Cozy Sheridan

Learn more about upcoming and past featured performers. The Featured Performer section of our web site includes information about performers, music samples, links to their websites as well as information about where you can purchase their CDs.

Directions to Jam'n Java Open Mike at Kickstand Cafe

Located on Mass. Ave, in Arlington Center, The Jam'n Java Open Mic at Kickstand Cafe is easy to get to by car or public transportation. There's ample parking at Kickstand Cafe and on the street.  Directions

Smile When You’re on Stage! 

-Each month we post photos from the past open mic on our Facebook page. 

We try to get them posted within a week of each open mic. 

Join us on Facebook.  Be part of our Facebook  community. Share your thoughts and ideas. Keep up on whats happening in the acoustic open mic scene. “Like Us” if you like what you see.

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Volunteers Needed!

It takes a village to make our open mic happen.  Well, at least a few dedicated people!  If you would like to be a part of the Jam'n Java Open Mic, email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please provide contact information and tell us a little about yourself. We are currently looking for someone to run our sound board!

Somebody's Mother
October 2nd 
Featured Act

Somebody’s Mother sings contemporary folk and country songs from the pens of writers such as Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch, and the Dixie Chicks, in three part harmony with guitar, bass, and mandolin.

Meg Candilore, Anne Goodwin, and Annette Sawyer never fail to please with their great song choices, tight vocals, entertaining style, and solid instrumental work.

About the Jam'n Java Open Mic at Kickstand Cafe

The Jam’n Java Open Mic was established to provide a free, live music venue for the Arlington community and a supportive environment for area performers.  Now in its fifth year, it was the inspiration of Stephanie Marlin-Curiel and is currently hosted by Mark Sandman, Joe Burns Dianne "De" Iannitelli and Glen Woodworth.  A special thank you to the owners and Staff of the Kickstand Cafe for providing a home and for their support of the Jam'n Java Open Mic. 



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