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US and Canadian Poetry Open Mikes

Café Lift

Café LIFT~ music. atmosphere. dance. poetry. spoken word. community. (music, poetry)
Second Wednesday of the month at 8pm

Hosted by John Newton (Administrator) and Vans (emcee)

5883 Eden Park Pl
San jose, CA

Since our re-opening last August, Cafe' LIFT has become more and more popular with the college and young adult age crowd. Any kind of creative expression is welcome- music, poetry,spoken word, dance, art… whatever! We even have an "open canvas" most nights for visual artists who paint. Many non-performers come just to enjoy the music, atmosphere and people of Cafe' LIFT.

This ongoing Wednesday night open mic in south San Jose has hundreds of videos up on our Facebook page and YouTube profile because we video the first performance of each artist. There's often a DJ between performances and, so I've been told, the sound is "amazing." Recording artists may sign up to use our Artist's Merch Nook to sell their CDs and promo merchandise on nights they perform.

We only ask of our sign-up performers to honor the 3-P rule: "No Profanity, No Preaching, No Politics"

Signup begins at 8:00 and last performance goes up at 10:00. Two songs or 10 minutes (including setup) are allowed.

Sound: House PA, Keyboard, and direct input (1/4") or mic for guitars available.


  • Submitted by El
  • Last updated: November 13, 2019

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