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UPDATED Sept. 26: The Jam'n Java Open Mic, which historically had been open one Friday every month for 13 years, had been on a Covid-19 break from the Kickstand Cafe for more than three years, since March 2020. Shows had continued virtually.

But, in early April, the opportunity to perform returned in person, at a different venue -- Donut Villa, 319 Broadway -- and that opportunity includes the first Friday of the new month, Oct. 6, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Find out more about how to sign-up here >> 

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An email sent to YourArlington said, "Be part of our Facebook  community. Share your thoughts and ideas. Keep up on what's happening in the acoustic open-mic scene. 'Like Us' if you like what you see. If you have notes for the master of ceremonies to say, put them in the 'anything to tell us?' comments field."

The Jam’n Java Open Mic was established to provide a free live-music venue for Arlington and surrounding communities  --and a supportive environment for area performers. 

It was the inspiration of Stephanie Marlin-Curiel; the hosts are Mark Sandman and Joe Burns, with the assistance of Dianne "De" Iannitelli, Glen Woodworth, Gary Goldsmith, Ken Karnofsky and Gene Albert.

The email included "a special thank-you to the owners and staff of the Donut Villa for providing a new home."

Asked by YourArlington to explain the change of venue, Sandman replied via email on April 6, as follows: "Kickstand was a wonderful venue for the open mic, and the owners, Mark and Emily, were always very supportive..I can't say enough good things about them.  However, over the last couple of years, they have changed the inside layout significantly, reducing the available space and seating capacity  for the open mic; and they now close at  3 p.m.  It just wasn't practical for them to reopen in the evening just for us."

May 15, 2023: Live and in person again, finally: Jam’n Java open mics draw dozens


This news announcement was published Monday, April 3, 2023, based on an email from Jam'n Java, and updated Oct. 6.