<center>Current Blues Jams & Open Mics in DFW & OKC
(last updated as of Feb. 3, 2010)
This is just a page I use to keep track of ...
• Current Blues Jams in DFW
• Current Blues Jams in OKC
• Current Acoustic Open Mics in DFW
• Current Acoustic Open Mics in OKC
• Over 5,000 FREE on-line backing tracks for guitarists
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<center>Current List of Blues Jams in DFW
(updated as of Feb. 2010)
This is a current list of blues jams in the DFW Area as of January 2010 that I've been able to put together from current info from blues musicians & blues music lovers in the DFW area. Please feel free to correct it - post any other blues jams you're aware of as a reply or let me know if any of these listings is no longer correct. Thanks for your input. Hope it's helpful!
• Tony DeCiccio's “Blue Mondays” Jam at The Goat in Dallas (on Gaston Road, 1/4 East of Garland Road, near White Rock Lake spillway), with Perry Jones on guitar, 8pm
• Hashbrown Jam with Cadillac Johnson and Gonzy at Mambo's Cantina, 1010 Houston St, Ft. Worth, TX 8pm
• Richard Chalk's "Topcat Jam" at Midway Point, 12801 Midway Rd, Dallas 9p
• Cajun Blues Jam at Dodie’s 3401 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX, 8p ... with guest guitar players brought in to host each week
• Bobby Counts Jam w/ Johnny Mack at Four Horse Saloon, 9530 Camp Bowie Boulevard West in Fort Worth, TX 9p
• Kenny “Big Head” Chavez Blues Jam @ Stroker’s (on Harry Hines), with Pat Lancaster on bass, 7pm
• Joey Love & Mark Sena Jam @ Cadillac Pizza Pub - McKinney 8p
• Jackie Don Loe’s Blues Jam at Wizard’s in Richardson (I-75/Central Expwy past Spring Valley) 9pm
• Pete Barbeck’s Blues Jam at The Goat in Dallas (on Gaston Road, 1/4 East of Garland Road, near White Rock Lake spillway) 8pm
• Blues Jam/Open Mic at Tucker Blues in Deep Ellum in Dallas 8pm
• Barton Street Jam, with Big Bob Fisk & Barton Street Boyz at Rocky's Bar & Grill in Richardson, TX (off of 75 between Arapaho & Belt Line) 8pm
• Buzz Andrew’s Blues Jam at Cadillac Pizza Pub-McKinney 8p
• J.B. Wynn & Bluesdriver Open Blues Jam at Mambo's Cantina in Fort Worth, TX 7pm
• Kenny Strauther & Second Hand Smoke Blues Jam @ Dat's Good BBQ in Lewisville on Main St. (1168-B Main St., 1 block W. of High School) 7pm
• The Bulldogs’ Blues Jam at Cottage Lounge, Dallas, 8p [note-the Bulldogs are Jimmy McNeil (guitar/vocals), David Holcombe (drums), Rob Green (bass), and Chuck Mayo (keys)]
• Jackie Don Loe’s Blues Jam at Nate’s Seafood, on Midway just South of Beltline Road in Addison, with Harold “Superstar” Walker on drums, Tony DeCicco or Carl “The General” Bush on bass, & Perry Jones on keys/guitar, 6:30pm
• "Group Therapy” Blues Jam with James Hinkle at Key’s Lounge, 5667 Westcreek Dr in Fort Worth, 8pm
Another good source for information on the local DFW blues scene is Texas Blues Roadhouse! ... http://www.texasbluesroadhouse.com/
or Don O's Blues DFW page ... http://bluesdfw.com/
or Southwest Blues Magazine ... http://southwestblues.com/
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS NOTE ON TO OTHER BLUES MUSICIANS & BLUES LOVERS IN DFW & GET THEIR INPUT ... it helps the musicians & the fans coming to shows to get it right!
<center>Current List of Blues Jams in OKC
(updated as of Feb. 2010)
This is a current list of blues jams in the OKC Area as of January 2010 that I've been able to put together from current info from blues musicians & blues music lovers in the OKC area. Please feel free to correct it - post any other blues jams you're aware of as a reply or let me know if any of these listings is no longer correct. Thanks for your input. Hope it's helpful!
• Eddie Edsel's Jam @ The Biting Sow - Bricktown 9:00 PM
• Leapin Lannie's Blues Jam @ The Biting Sow - Bricktown 9:00 PM
• Oklahoma Blues Society's (OBS) 3rd Wednesday Jam @ Charley's Last Stand, 4413 SW 3rd (off of Meridian) 7:00 PM (Note-location may vary, so check their website http://www.okblues.org/
• NEW Blues Jam @ The Blues Saloon (10th bn May & Penn) 9:00pm
• Blues Jam @ Hogwash Cafe (Council & Reno) 7:00 PM
• Blues Jam @ Jackie's on Main Street in Lake Dallas, 8pm
• Speedy West Blues Jam @ The Blues Saloon (NW 10th between May & Penn) 9:00 pm
• Plead the Fifth Blues Jam @ Ghostriders Saloon (on Post and 23rd, 3232 SE 15) Del City, OK 8:00 PM
• Oklahoma Blues Society's (OBS) Second Sunday Blues Jam
(note - only on the 2nd Sunday of Every Month)
THE THIRSTY HOG, 720 S MacArthur in OKC 4:00 pm
(Note-location may vary, so check their website http://www.okblues.org/
Another good source for information on the local OKC blues scene is the Oklahoma Blues Society! ... http://www.okblues.org/
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS NOTE ON TO OTHER BLUES MUSICIANS & BLUES LOVERS IN OKC & GET THEIR INPUT ... it helps the musicians & the fans coming to shows to get it right!
<center>Current List of Acoustic Music Open Mics in DFW
(updated as of Feb. 2010)
This is a current list of acoustic music open mics in the DFW Area as of January 2010 that I've been able to put together from current info from musicians & music lovers in the DFW area. NOTE--I have not included poetry open mics, just ones that allow acoustic music although some of these events may also allow poetry. Please feel free to correct it - post any other OPEN MICS you're aware of as a reply or let me know if any of these listings is no longer correct. Thanks for your input. Hope it's helpful!
• Opening Bell Coffeehouse in Dallas - Becky Middleton hosts a special “best singer-songwriters” night. Please contact Becky directly at email@example.com
$5, 7:30-9:30 pm
• Open Mic at Backbeat Café & Listening Room, 300 North Akard St, Dallas, 75202, 7pm
• Steve Jackson Open Mic Opening Bell Coffee in Dallas sign-up 6:45p
• Open Mic (band or solo) @ Rockin' Paradise in Lewisville, 8pm, 121 & Southwest
• Mark McCulloch Open Mic at Winedale Tavern in Dallas 8pm
• Noah Caveny’s Open Mic at Bandera Bar, Lower Greenville in Dallas 9pm
• Glitter Rose Open Mic (Only 1st Wed. - Every Month) at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas 7pm
• Open Mic at Houston St. Bar & Patio, 902 Houston St, Ft. Worth, TX, 76102, 8pm
• Open Mic at Art Six in Denton, 8pm, at Congress & Bryan
• DFW Singer Songwriter Open Mic at Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy, in Dallas 7pm
• Sons of Hermann Hall Jam in Deep Ellum in Dallas - song circles 8pm
• Tucker Blues Open Mic, 2617 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX, 75226, 8p (Blues music, may also be a Blues jam)
• Open Mic at Banter Coffeehouse in Denton, 8pm, on Oak Street, 1/2 block off the town square
• Queerly Speaking Open Mic, Backbeat Cafe, 300 N Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75201, 8pm (NOTE-only 4th Fridays!)
• Acoustic Folk Jam sponsored by Lewisville Visual Arts League at Art Gallery in Lewisville, 7pm or so, on Fox Ave. (new art on display each week too)
• Paul Sexton’s Open Mic at Mochalux Coffee & Tea Co., 1101 E Bardin Rd, Ste. 101, Arlington, TX, 76018, 8pm (817) 468-0488
• Geno Young’s or Daniel Jones’ Open Mic at Sankofa Kafe, 2820 Commerce St, Dallas, TX, 75226, 9pm 214-749-1911
• Charli Alexander's Acoustic Jam at Pearl in Deep Ellum in Dallas 3pm
• Jim Bob Atkinson’s Acoustic Jam at Adair’s in Deep Ellum in Dallas 2pm
• Acoustic Open Mic at T's in Lewisville, 9pm, 121 & BelleAire
• Jenni Mansfield Peal's Swing Jam @ Lakewood Bar & Grill at Gaston & Abrams, 6pm (not sure if this one is every week)
• Lewisville Acoustic Music Society Acoustic Jam at Lewisville Library (only 3rd Sunday of every month) 2pm
Other places that may also have open mics in DFW area:
Dan's Silverleaf (Denton) & Love and War in Texas (Plano).
I’m also aware of these Jazz Jams or Jazz oriented open mics:
• Open Mic at Sandaga Jazz, 1325 E Levee St, Dallas, TX, 75207, 8pm
• Domino Effect Open Mic at Brooklyn Jazz Café, 1701 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX, 75215, 8pm (NOTE—this is only a monthly event – check their schedule or call ahead)
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS NOTE ON TO OTHER MUSICIANS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC LOVERS IN DFW & GET THEIR INPUT ... it helps the musicians & the fans coming to shows to get it right!
<center>Current List of Acoustic Music Open Mics in OKC
(updated as of Feb. 2010)
This is a current list of acoustic music open mics in the OKC Area as of January 2010 that I've been able to put together from current info from musicians & music lovers in the OKC area. NOTE--I have not included poetry open mics, just ones that allow acoustic music although some of these events may also allow poetry. Please feel free to correct it - post any other OPEN MICS you're aware of as a reply or let me know if any of these listings is no longer correct. Thanks for your input. Hope it's helpful!
The most popular open mic in OKC used to be at Galileo on Thursday nights, but the owner died recently & the club shut down. The Deli in Norman is a college crowd venue which hosts a lot of popular bands ... they have open mics sometimes, but not any regular on going event ... but you can check their website ... http://thedeli.us/blog/
• Open Band Night @ Sauced in Paseo District, OKC 8pm
• Open Mic at Michelangelos - 207 E Main St , Norman, OK 7pm
• Open Mic at Belle Isle Brew Pub - Second Floor - 50 Penn Place - 1900 NW Expressway, OKC, 9pm
• Open Mic with Conspiracy of Angels at Midtown Deli, OKC 7pm
• Open Mic Night with Patrick Cullen at The World Famous Hideaway, OKC 7pm
• Open Mic night at Midtown Deli in OKC, NW12th & Walker, 7pm or so
• Open Mic at Shenanigans - 915 W. Britton Rd., OKC 8:30 pm
• The Red Dirt Open Mic at Sauced in Paseo District, OKC 8pm
• Open Mic with The South 77 Band at Othello's Italian Restaurant, Norman, OK 8pm
• Songwriter's Circle at the Red Cup, OKC, 7pm (may be monthly, so call first)
• Live on the Plaza (NOTE--only on the 2nd Friday each month) in the Plaza District, OKC 7pm (call Plaza District for more info on playing)
• Singer Songwriter Showcase hosted by Jimmy "The Hat" Hobbs at Hogwash Cafe, OKC (Reno & Council) 2pm
• Open Mic at the Porthole Club in OKC 8pm
Here are also some acoustic open mics I know about in Tulsa, OK, area:
• Open Mic Night for Poets, Writers and Musicians at Gypsy Coffee House, Tulsa, OK 7pm
• Open Stage at Elephant Run Restaurant & Club, Tulsa, OK 7pm
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS NOTE ON TO OTHER MUSICIANS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC LOVERS IN OKC & GET THEIR INPUT ... it helps the musicians & the fans coming to shows to get it right!
<center>Links to Over 5,000 Free Guitar Backing Tracks!
by Beth Isbell, January 15, 2010
I spent a lot of hours going through pages & pages of google searches to find the best free guitar backing track sites. These are mainly for blues & rock music, but some contain jazz, country, even reggae tracks. I personally visited every site & pulled up tracks to make sure that every track & site is actually FREE! All together these sites contain over 5,000 FREE guitar backing tracks in virtually every style & tempo ... have fun!
<center>Best Free Guitar Backing Track Websites:
Love this site - LOT of blues backing track mp3s of song you know & get played at jams & bars ...
lots of blues, classic rock & jazz songs, & some other styles - NOTE all the links/artists listed on the left side of the page pull up as mp3s, but all the links/artists on right side of page don't - they say you can download as WinRar (don't know what that is) & download sites don't seem to work, but still a LOT of really cool tunes as backing tracks to select from from the mp3s that do work!
Several pages worth of free blues back tracks at this site, mainly blues & rock, also bass & drum jam tracks, just click on play guitar 01, play guitar 02, etc., & each page has about 10 songs each ... so LOTS of free tracks to work with & choose from ...
This one has all styles of free backing tracks w/ rhythm charts for each track ...
includes some nice & interesting progressions ...
This one has quite a few free blues & blues-rock oriented backing track mp3s ...
This is the ultimate site for free backing tracks - I've got the first page set on letter A, but just click on any letter to see who they have listed for that letter or just type in an artist or song name ... Also really easy to download tab from the same page you're listening to the backing track ...
This site has almost 50 free Jimi Hendrix backing tracks! ...
This is another ultimate free backing tracks site - over 3,000 songs organized alphabetically by artist! Note-a lot of these tracks are bass & drums only, without rhythm guitar, so harder to play to ...
This page has a lot of Stevie Ray Vaughn backing tracks, but download only, no on-line versions
http://www.freshbt.com//search/artist/S ... aughan.htm
And this is the main free backing track related to the one above - with lots of artists available ... but download only, no on-line streaming versions ... free on-line lessons posted too!
This you tube site has 50 or so free backing tracks uploaded - blues & rock ...
This youtube site has about 35 or so free backing tracks uploaded ... he also says he has a 1,000 backing tracks he'll send you if you e-mail him ...
Really nice jam tracks here - including black magic woman - all the tracks followed by a green letter "F" are free, but you have to pay $3/mo fee to have access to all the other tracks listed ...
This page has at least one free blues jam track mp3 in each letter key ...
http://humbuckersoup.com/learn/free-gui ... am-tracks/
Free backing jam tracks in several different styles - pick a style & it plays track, but then you can also hear the same track in different keys - has notes & tips ... but only one song per style, but cool that you can change the key of the song ...
http://homepage.mac.com/guitarmedia/blu ... st/styles/
This page has about a dozen free blues backing tracks ...
A few free blues tracks of classic songs here, but not a lot, but has some blues lessons & theory info too, ... NOTE - you have to hit download arrow to get full song/backing track to play ...
This page has about a dozen free backing tracks - bluesish - jazzy - rocky ...
This page has 15 free blues backing tracks you can download for free ...
http://www.free-guitar-chords.com/blues ... tracks.htm
This page has about 9 free backing tracks (one for each mode) - and more that you can buy ...
This page has about 8 free backing tracks plus a variable speed drum machine (click on bpm) ...
This page has about 15-20 free backing tracks in various rock & some blues styles ...
Some free downloads available here, with tab, but download only, mainly rock - various styles, ... but this is primarily a pay for download mp3/tab site, but these particular songs are free ...
This site is NOT FREE - but you can order some pretty high quality jam tracks CDs blues & rock
This site has 100s of free mp3 backing tracks - you do have to register first, but it is free & pretty easy (select name, give e-mail & select password) to do so ... lots of rock & blues tunes ... but then you have to post a message in so many forums every so many days to access the list of backing tracks (I hate when they play those kind of games, but it is free I suppose)
Some more free backing tracks for individual songs I found on-line ...
Free backing track for Pink Floyd - Shine on You Crazy Diamond
Free backing track for Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
http://www.musicdownloadinstrumentalson ... tracks.mp3
Free backing track for Pink Floyd - Money
http://1.driezer.z8.ru/music/minus/pink ... _money.mp3
Free backing track for Slow Jeff Beck style blues
Free backing track for Little Wing (sort of fast version) ...
Free backing track for SRV Riviera Paradise
http://1.driezer.z8.ru/music/minus/srv/ ... radise.mp3
Free backing track for Eric Clapton - Key to the Highway
http://www.ejamtube.com/tracks/eric_cla ... ghway.html
Free backing track for Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
tracks -Eric Clapton- Lay down Sally.mp3
Free backing track for Aerosmith Walk This Way
Free blues backing track Texas Blues style in E
Style 1 en E -.mp3
Free backing track in ZZ Top style ...
http://s3.amazonaws.com/EventRobot/king ... _Blues.mp3
Free backing track - Second line blues ...
http://s3.amazonaws.com/EventRobot/king ... _Blues.mp3
Free backing track for Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
http://www.youtube.com/user/ItsOnlyMusi ... AhofOE5txs
This is an interesting concept & I have heard friends talk about it - this program allows you to actually slow down mp3s to half speed but at the original pitch - to allow you to learn solos/riffs ... costs about $60.00 to order, but you can sign up & receive a free download sample program that works, but has some limitations. I'm not recommending this program, but think it might be worth at least checking out & if it works and you can drop the $60 they require, then cool ...
Finally, if you know of any other sites that contain free blue or rock (or other) backing tracks, then please leave a reply with the link below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or find me on Facebook & send me a message ... http://www.facebook.com/bethisbell
I'll check it out & if it is free with no strings attached, see about adding it to the list.
Thanks & hope you have fun jamming to 1,000s of free tunes! And then use that practice at the blues jams or open mics listed above or at your own gigs! Hope to see you &/or your band play sometime!!!