There’s live music in Pueblo just about any night of the week in the form of free-for-all open mic and jam nights, where anyone from budding solo artists to experienced musicians and groups take the stage. Open mic and jam nights are always completely free events, thanks to our local bars, pubs and venues that provide the space where musicians, who enjoy being heard, share their talent with audiences of music lovers.
Here is a list of regular weekly open mic and jam night events in Pueblo:
Mondays | 7 pm
Every Monday is “Monday Monday Open Mic” night at the VFW Post 5812 in Pueblo West at 127 E Spaulding with host Vel Mattson and the band, The Moon Riders, with a typically older, spirited mix of local artists, singers and musicians who enjoy entertaining there. Open mic nights at the VFW are free and open to the public.
Tuesdays | 6:30 pm
The Pueblo House presents “Into the Studio Open Mic” every Tuesday at an outside stage, weather permitting, hosted by local musician, James Raymond Smith (Jimi Ray), and Janet Wilson, who manages the Pueblo House (which is actually three nonprofit restored homes on the East Side), the radio station KOYC 98.5LPFM and music studio, located at 824 E 5th Street.
Wednesdays | 7 pm
Local musician, Mike Polk presents “Live At The Senate Open Mic” every Wednesday at the Senate Bar and Grill, located in the historic district of Pueblo at 219 Grand Avenue, a popular place to play and listen to live music, drink beer and eat pub style food. It’s a must visit open mic night for music enthusiasts.
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday | 6 pm
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, “Pueblo West Open Mic” is held at the VFW Post 5812 on Spaulding Avenue in Pueblo West, with host, Jim Giltner and company, who invite local musicians and music enthusiasts to enjoy this open-to-the- public venue.
Thursdays | 6 pm
Every Thursday, a variety of local musicians and bands showcase their talent at the Rolling River Open Mic Night, hosted by Vel Mattson, Jim Giltner and members of the Rolling River Band at the Coyote Grill and Raptor Nature Center, which overlooks the scenic Arkansas River. Live music starts at 6 pm, but get there early for dinner and drink specials.
Thursdays | 9 pm
Considered to be the hottest open mic night in town, every Thursday night many of Pueblo’s most talented musicians flock to the Riverside Bar and Grill, where the live music starts at 9 pm. Music lovers know to arrive early as the place gets packed, to get good seating and enjoy appetizers, drinks and dinner before the show. “Open Mic Variety Jam” is presented by Pueblo’s talented Ron Morrison, lead singer of the group CDR/RadioAction.
Every First Friday | 6:30 pm
The Hanging Tree Cafe, formerly the Daily Grind, invented a very popular “First Friday Open Mic Night” at their artsy cafe/coffee shop in the historic district on Union Avenue, in downtown Pueblo, where the management of the Hanging tree enjoys encouraging especially young and budding poets and musicians, although there’s a mix of all ages and types of music.
Every Third Friday | 6:30 pm
Pueblo’s popular, artsy Hanging Tree Cafe in downtown Pueblo hosts a “Third Friday Open Jam,” where musicians play”original and off of our heads” original songs. The cafe provides a drum kit, lines for guitar, bass and keys for budding solo artists and groups to “jam out” in front of a typically packed room of music enthusiasts.
Every First Saturday | 7 pm
Every 1st Saturday the The Clink Lounge is the venue for live music and poetry performances, with complimentary finger food included in the $5 ticket fee ( $3 for students), presented by Mad Fresh Productions, featuring host Gabe Charboneau of Kuya. The Clink, which also has a full bar, is located at 140 N Central Main Street in Downtown Pueblo.
Note: Any and all open mic nights and open jams that feature live music in the greater Pueblo area are eligible to be listed in our ongoing of list of “Open Mic Nights in Pueblo” presented at our family of developing websites and at our various sister Facebook pages and groups including but not limited to Southern Colorado Independent, Pueblo Music City, Pueblo Scene, Pueblo Eats, Now That Is Pueblo For You!, I Live In Pueblo and other “friend’s” pages and groups. If there are any additions, cancelations or changes, we ask that venues keep us up-to-date so we can inform the public.
Photo of the Rolling River Band at an open mic night.