Got the Monday blues? Now you can sing them out at Paris on the Platte, a cafe and bar located in the LoDo area at 15th and Platte Street. Monday nights at Paris translate to open mic nights with host Paul Ewald. “The talent we get is amazing. We get everyone from amateurs to professionals,” says Rob Campbell, Paris’ manager. Campbell adds that, “For the professionals, open mic night is a place for them to practice and try out a new song and see how it sounds.” Campbell attributes Paris’ mic night success to having both a great host and sound for an open mic venue.
Performers arrive early at seven p.m. to sign up for 20-minute time slots ranging from 8–12 p.m. Host Paul Ewald usually takes to the stage—complete with two microphones and multiple instrument inputs—around eight to begin the show. After Ewald exits, guitar or keyboard laden performers come up to the stage by ones or twos to sing. Ewald, who hosts other weekly open mic nights, shares that, “There is a very rich community of open mic players in Denver.” If you don’t feel like sharing any musical talents, go for a drink or try delicious food items like Pulled Pork Sliders or Prosciutto Crostinis while your body sways to the live music.
Paris on the Platte
1553 Platte Street