Last night I went to Lestat's here in San Diego to attempt to play their open mic night for the 3rd Monday night in a row. There are about twice as many performers each week as they have time slots, so each person who wants to play music or do comedy writes their name on a little slip of paper and tosses it into a closed container. Then around 6:30pm PT there is a drawing of the names. Each person whose name is drawn gets to pick their time slot from whatever remain, until all the time slots are filled. So if my name is not called before the last time slot is taken, I don't get to play and have to come back the next Monday night to try again.
They do have a rule that says any hopeful performer who comes three weeks in a row and does not get their name drawn for a time slot each time, automatically gets a time slot the next week.
The time slots start at the beginning of the open mic at 7:00pm PT, and continue in 10 minute increments until the final time slot of the evening, jokingly called "The Headliner," at 11:00pm. That makes 25 ten-minute time slots. Not all the time slots are available for the drawing. Anyone who has racked up 3 consecutive losses in the previous weeks' drawing takes one of the slots. And I believe, although I am not sure, they also sometimes give a small number of slots away beforehand, to local performers who have a full show of their own coming up soon at Lestat's.
So in this video, which I shot myself with my iPhone camera, you are me - you are watching the proceedings from my precise vantage point last night, as I watched them unfold live. You are waiting - like me - to see who gets picked, and if I will be one of them. Appearing in the video are the regular host and co-host of this open mic, musicians Chad Taggert and Chris Carpenter respectively, and the volunteer-friendly-assistant-of-the-week, who goes by Buzz.
Tonight I will be going to play Charlie California's Tuesday Night Open Mic at Rebecca's Coffee Shop, at 3015 Juniper Street in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. That goes from 7:00 to 9:30pm PT. Tomorrow night I'll be going to play the Wednesday Night Open Mic at the 710 Beach Club at 710 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach. That one goes from 9:00 to 11:00pm PT.