Not everyone who can sing or play an instrument has the chance to be in a band. That doesn’t mean they don’t crave their moment on stage. Spotlights are shining, you just need to know where to look.

For music lovers looking for a taste of the local music scene or those who maybe fancy getting up on stage themselves, there are regular opportunities at some of Cayman’s favorite nighttime institutions. Whether you are looking for a chance to perform or you’re just a listener, jam nights and karaoke events are welcoming and fun for everyone.

We jammin’

Whiskey Mist has a busy nightly lineup and hosts a jam night every Thursday from 9 p.m. until close. Landing on the same night as the popular Stock Exchange party with drinks going for as cheap as $1 and with the Experimental Cocktail Club in the Green Room, this is a jam-packed party so grab a guitar and get ready to perform for the ready and waiting fans

If you like the idea of music on the beach, Calico Jack’s hold its jam night on Tuesday, also from 9 p.m. until close with specials on Amstel, Heineken and Jack Daniels. There is no better place to be for a midweek tipple listening to some excellent local talent.

Vista Beach Bar at the Marriott has its jam every Saturday evening featuring local musicians or anyone willing to take to the stage. There are specials on buckets of beer and food. Head down there between 6 and 9 p.m. and get involved or just listen to the music under the stars and sip a beer on the beach.

Wednesday jam nights at Lone Star welcome all musicians to take to the stage. This is a great place to see a lineup of budding musicians hoping to get a glimpse of the rock star life or get up there yourself after imbibing in some Dutch courage and rock out with the rest of the crowd. Ask about special prices for Tito’s Moscow Mules and Shock Top from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Karaoke

Do you fancy yourself as the next Celine Dion or Phil Collins? Make sure you get to one of the many karaoke nights to let your hair down and channel your inner Adele behind the microphone. Whether your guilty pleasure is one of the classics or a more recent hit, get ready to do a Mariah and hit those high notes or just cheer along from the bar if you’re not quite ready for the spotlight.

Fidel Murphy’s Irish pub hosts Rockstar Karaoke every Friday night – not to be missed, this weekend installment will have you coming back week after week. Kicking off at 9:30 p.m., get those vocal cords warmed up for some warbling of your favorite classics.

The Mango Tree karaoke night is a Cayman institution. Thursday nights here are very popular for those wanting to start their weekend early. A relaxed atmosphere, affordable drink prices and jerk BBQ mean there is a regular crowd in-house every week. Be prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly.

Havana Club may have moved to new premises but the karaoke night is still going strong. Every Tuesday night, you can take to the stage for a song-filled, fun-filled evening.

If the Seven Mile stretch is a bit out of the way, try the Office Lounge in town with karaoke every Wednesday and Saturday night, starting around 8 p.m. The half-price-drinks Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. daily should get you in the mood to sing, no matter how shy you are.

Vera’s opposite the George Town Post Office opens the stage on Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a definite preference for rock music, if you’re so inclined.

Is East End closer to home? Head to Morritt’s Resort on Thursday for steak night and karaoke at Mimi’s Dock Bar. Here, you can sing to your heart’s content out on the dock under the stars or why not try the Wyndham Reef Resort for their karaoke party on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m? Both cater to the tourist and local crowd, so you’re always guaranteed an audience.

Start warming up the vocal cords!