Gigs & Open Mics

This page is for musicians looking for opportunities to perform. We’ll list venues that provide at least some opportunities for music genres supported by the Queen City Balladeers along with any information we can find about how to inquire about booking a set or signing up for an open mic session.


Christ Church Cathedral

Shiloh Roby, the Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral is now in the process of scheduling performers for the Music Live at Lunch series at Christ Church for the 2012-2013 season. The  series runs from September through May. Performances are Tuesdays,  from about 12:10 p.m. to about 12:50 p.m.

Historically, Tuesday Live at Lunch performances have represented Classical Western music. Those responsible for scheduling have noticed a growing interest in non-traditional styles of music and would like support that interest. For example, the 2011-2012 season included performances by The Rabbit Hash String Band,  Kyle Meadows and Tisa McGraw, and Ben Lapps, all of whom performed at the Leo. 

If you are interested in performing on this series, send an email to Shiloh at Shiloh called this “a great opportunity for groups and individuals to perform in front of an attentive and appreciative audience, and it is also a way for Christ Church to contribute to the downtown community.”

Shiloh will  consider any group or individual, asking only whatever the style of music, the performers do it well. The success of this series has relied heavily on the quality of music being offered, and Christ Church wishes to maintain that quality.  

Christ Church Cathedral is located at:

318 E 4th St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Plain Folk Café

Plain Folk Café is a community-oriented gathering place that will offer “good food, good coffee, good beer, and good music in a historical setting.” The café, set to open in May, 2012, will be in a two-room schoolhouse, Pleasant Plain Public School, which was constructed in 1913.

Plain Folk Cafe will be open Thursday through Sunday and will feature fresh-brewed gourmet coffee, a selection of craft beers, a café menu, and live performances of folk/acoustic/bluegrass music. Scheduled artists perform Friday and Saturday night. Thursday is open mic and there is an open jam Sunday afternoon.

John & Vicky Baker, proprietors, have already booked performances through October. For complete details on booking a set click here.

Plain Folk Café is located at:

10177 State Route 132
Pleasant Plain, OH 45162

Open Mics

Acoustic Final Friday in Metamora

An open mic concert held the final Friday of each month in Metamora, Indiana, Indiana’s only functioning Canal Town.

For musicians, sign-up for open mic starts at 6:00 p.m.

For music lovers, the FREE show is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Cat & The Fiddle at the Thorpe House, 19049 Clayborn Street, January through April, and at the outdoor music stage at the Back Porch of Lane’s End Barn, Lovers Lane, May through October.