A weekly guide to downtown Cape music hotspots
1. Port Cape Girardeau - Tuesday 8-11 p.m.
Despite having the best food and drinks downtown, according to husband and wife Jordan and Sonya Thurman, Port Cape Girardeau's songwriters night held every Tuesday is, alone, worth the visit.
2. Pitter's Cafe and Lounge - Wednesday 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Saying there's something in a name couldn't be truer with Pitter's Cafe and Lounge. Pitter was the childhood Native American name given to the mother of brothers JJ and Timexx Seabaugh, joint owners of the local bar. Their grandfather would hear the pitter patter of her feet across the floor at night.
"Then there's the pitter patter on the dance floor," Timexx Seabaugh said.
A unique name demands for just as unique of venue and most of the crowd will say Pitter's is a diamond in the rough.
3. Cup 'n Cork - Thursday 6-10 p.m.
Regulars can rattle off a variety of reasons they love local café Cup 'n' Cork -- the coffee, cozy atmosphere, homemade turtle cheesecake -- but the list won't end before mention of their weekly open mic nights on Thursdays.
One of the only open mic hosting businesses in town that's non-smoking and also not classified under the "bar" description.
4. Tunes at Twilight - Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m.
People from all around Cape Girardeau set up blankets, lawn chairs and picnic coolers at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo on Sept. 5 as the fall season of Tunes at Twilight reached its halfway point.
Tunes at Twilight, hosted by local organization Old Town Cape, is an outdoor concert series that brings in a variety of musicians from around the country every week for six weeks in two separate seasons of the spring and fall. There is a total of 12 shows every year.
5. The Bel Air Grill
The patio bar is no stranger when it comes to live music. The strings of lights and rod iron furniture makes it an ideal host for a variety of bands from around the Cape Girardeau area. The business's Facebook page stays updated with their upcoming acts. Located on 24 S. Spanish, Bel Air Grill is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
6. Mixing 10
"Puttin on the Mix Karaoke" is held from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Mixing 10. Its easygoing vibe omits the pressure often associated with performances. The event is free and open to the public, ages 21 and over.