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Ten Great L.A. Open Mic Nights for Music

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Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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The Baked Potato
Mondays, 9:30pm approximately 
This esteemed Studio City jazz club opens its Monday night jam sessions to anyone who brings their own guitar. It's the closest thing you can find to an immortal jazz shack this side of the San Andreas Fault. Oh, and they actually serve baked potatoes. With toppings. 3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, 91604; (818) 980-1615

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Silverlake Lounge
Sundays, 5 pm (resumes in March 2014)
Silverlake Lounge has recently scrubbed off a little grime (only a tiny bit, really) and added professional booking. Their hodgepodge open mic series "Wasted Afternoons" is currently on hiatus, but will return in March to be again hosted by the funny-as-fuck Andy Sell. So, if you can't sing, you can at least try to make jokes. 2906 W Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 90026; (323) 663-9636

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Canter's Kibitz Room
Sundays, 8pm
Back in the day, the seats of legendary pastrami spot Canter's cocktail lounge, The Kibbitz Room, saw some pretty famous folks: Guns 'n Roses, Frank Zappa,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, shit, even Joni Mitchell, to name a few. You won't see those people these days much, but plenty of others grace those seats every Sunday waiting for their five minutes. 419 N Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, 90036; (323) 651-2030

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Tribal Cafe
Sunday through Thursday,7pm to 10:30pm
Most Saturdays and Sundays, 4pm to 7pm

Once filled with white-guy dreads, Tribal Cafe now has a pretty good showing of charmingly weirdo noise people and indie it boys in training most nights. Every second Saturday, there's even an all-Spanish stage. Since there's no alcohol, you'll have to opt towards the herbal. 1651 W Temple St., Westlake, 90026; (213) 483-4458

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