Belting Brooklyn... but where?
Perch Cafe: Sundays @ 7:00
365 5th Avenue. Brooklyn, New York. (718) 788-2830.
Perch Café is Brooklyn-grade uh-dor-able. Quirky and freshly prepared seasonal food (Brazilian shrimp stew, veggie Reuben) doesn’t say enough about this little cove. Traditionally 'Slopian' in nature, this place hosts kids-sing-alongs, grownup storytelling, Literary Tuesdays, and the always famed, never forgotten, Open Mic. Alas, if you need an audience for that running tab of lyrics or your post-breakup guitar-accompanied haikus, you may just have a home here at Perch. Narrating the fun on Sunday nights between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m is Kimmy. Kimmy has won local recognition for her “upbeat” and overall “great” voice. The lineup, which is said to include a diverse mix of singer/songwriters, poets, and comedians, entertains amid the loung-y, cozy, and dimly (lit) affair. $5 minimum for onlookers.
Goodbye Blue Monday : Tuesdays @ 7:30
1087 Broadway. Brooklyn, New York. 11211. (718) 453-6343
Straddling the borders of Bedford-Stuyvesant and East Williamsburg, cough—Bushwick, is Goodbye Blue Monday. Fans of this Open Mic believe the Blue Monday hosts would be better suited for Letterman-- and we're into it. The lineup is known for its diversity while the crowd is noted by many to be receptive and patient, which is to say the regulars probably hang around past their own act. Much appreciated. Additionally, to partake in anything as pleasantly sounding as Teacup Tuesdays may be worth a clunky ride on the J train. The croon-bound should arrive promptly at 7:30 to signup. Lineup is determined by random draw.
Pete’s Candy Shop: Sundays @ 5
709 Lorimer Street. Williamsburg, New York. 11211. (718) 302-3770.
An easy glide off the L-train, Pete’s Candy Shop is a ‘high quality venue’ for musicians to present original material. Pete’s has developed quite the reputation in the up n’ coming musical arena, so it is a perfect stop for first-time songwriters, local and regional bands. Rumor has it the stage fills quickly with performance enthusiasts, but not as quickly as the signup sheet. Though stories of nepotistic signup sheet foul-play from the past can be found, we’re into second chances in Williamsburg. Pete’s Open Mic Night is every Sunday between 5 and 8 p.m.