Some players don’t want attention - playing in the intimacy of their own bedroom is just enough. And that’s all fine, but some of us like sharing the music and expressing our talents in public. If you consider yourself to belong to the latter category, you might find this article useful.
Malta is famous for the abundance of great musicians and for its tourism. For this exact reason, many local pub owners host open mic nights and jam sessions.
Here’s a short list of places where you could express your talents on a regular basis:
Casey’s Bar in Gzira hosts open mic nights twice a week – every Tuesday and Saturday from 8pm. You don’t need to be a musician to join that – Casey’s state that you can express any talent on their stage. However, if you do prefer to make a statement about your musical skills, the bar will provide the backline PA, 2 microphones, a monitor and an electro-acoustic guitar for your convenience. If you play something else, just contact them and you’ll sure find a solution!
The Funky Monkey, located in the Manoel island (Gzira) is the place to go if you long for a productive and creative jam session. They host their sessions every Monday from 8pm onwards, so put it on your calendar! Just grab your instrument and have fun at The Funky Monkey!
Ta Fra Ben Reggae bar in Bugibba organizes weekly jamming sessions every Thursday from 8.30pm. As the name of the bar indicates, reggae fans are more than welcome here. But don’t be fooled by the name only, you can hear and play many different styles of music in Ta Fra Ben. Every Thursday you have the opportunity to jam with talented local musicians.
Last but not least, is the Paradise Exiles bar in Sliema. Their open mic nights are organized three times per week – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9pm! Just choose a time that suits you, dress to impress and head to Paradise Exiles!
I hope that the article gave you many options to choose from and many places to consider. You can check out all of the bars in Facebook for more information. And most importantly, have fun with music!