The finale for the evening in Cambridge was the The Kiwi Gastropub (also a venue sponsor of Cambridge Live Music).
This newly renovated venue is spacious – both the seating area and stage – with exposed brick providing great sound for acoustic music. Simon Fleras hosts this event and keeps the music going between performers, and has been doing so for over 3 ½ years.
The menu offers interesting choices for food and drink (you can check out the menu on-line). The Kiwi attracts a younger, creative crowd (spontaneous songwriting and butterfly wings) who share their music and their enthusiasm.
[47 Dickson Street, Cambridge; Thursdays 9pm-12am; no cover]
Stop #2 of the Cambridge tour: I was intrigued to check out the Fiddle & Firkin’s “Acoustic Thursdays” event since the pub had won the Cambridge Times Readers Choice Award for best pub. The place is friendly, offers standard British pub fare and is one of sponsors of the Cambridge Live Music website. Performers are tucked into a corner beside the bar where Host Dennis Hopper starts the evening off with a set and then opens up the mic to musicians (come early when it’s quiet & there is more time to play).
There is no mention of the open mic on the Fiddle & Firkin website so check the FB page where Dennis posts reminders/updates.
[707 King Street East, Cambridge; Thursdays 8:30-12:30pm; no cover]
We visited the Rabbid Fox to kick off a tour of Thursday night open mics in the Cambridge area – all listed on the Cambridge Live Music site.
This is a brand new open mic – so new that we were the inaugural open mic participants! Hosts Jack & Danyka, who start off with a set of covers are happy to share the stage and hope to have more musicians join them. There is no mention of the open mic on the venue’s website or FB page which might be why they haven’t had a lot of response yet.
Surrounded by residential streets, the location is a bit unusual. The ambiance is low key & comfortable – choose from bar stools, booths, couches or regular table seating – almost a hybrid between a family restaurant and a bar.
[58 Beech Avenue, Cambridge; Thursdays 7-10pm; no cover]