6714 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 90028; (323) 463-0000
6:30pm Sign up, 7pm – 10pm
I was excited to attend this venue because of the history that surrounds its entirety. The venue has been around since 1927 and has seen the looks of legends such as Clark Gable and Shirley Temple. As the venue is right on Hollywood Boulevard, I knew it would be sure to attract an interesting crowd – A mix of tourists and aspiring locals.
Turns out, the venue is conveniently near the Musicians Institute. A lot of the institute’s students spend their time rehearsing their new material at the Pig N’ Whistle.
The Open mic sign up started at 6:30pm and was first-come-first-serve. I signed up first and went on at exactly 7pm. I was happy to see that the crowd was predominately young. Everyone was super friendly, easy to talk to, and understood the power of networking (before and after the show). There was a $5 cover, but it was worth it as I got to sit on a comfy booth chair and use a real piano that was already at the venue! (If you’re a piano player, you understand the beauty of not having to lug your keyboard to a gig).
The “sound-man” and host, Mike, was professional and super nice (young too!). He made sure to add delay and reverb to people’s vocals to enhance their atmospheric sound and impact. The show ended at 10pm and everyone got to perform two songs.
My favorite part about this venue was the chill vibe and young crowd. I even met a guy who said he comes every week to the open mic and waits his turn to go onstage by working on his laptop in the meantime. Good idea lol!
Parking can be tricky. It’s literally in the center of one of the most tourist-ridden places in Los Angeles and/or Hollywood. You can buy a “Map of the stars” on every street corner near The Pig N’ Whistle. I suggest parking a few blocks away in a metered spot and walking. Overall, great place to do an open mic while your friends from out of town are visiting – it will really show them the true Hollywood!