Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar has hosted the best and most dynamic Open Mic for the last 15 years in New York City. During these 15 years we have had guests and entertainers, such as Stevie Wonder, Raphael Sadiq, Patti La Belle, Dr. Maya Angelou, ,Queen Latifah, Mario, Michael McDonald, Corrine Bailey Rae, R. Kelly, Freddie Jackson and Roberta Flack to name a few. Woven between the buffet of celebrity guests and Grammy winning artists are the next generation of powerful performers.
The Sugar Bar supports performers with our House Band. We do not permit CDs of any type. Artists can perform acapella or with the band, original songs, or cover tunes. If you play an instrument please bring your own (except drums & keyboard). There is a $10 cover charge and each artist must sign up at the Sugar Bar at 9:30 pm the evening of the event.
It was always Nick & Val's intention to bring new artists to the light, and so it is every Thursday night. Having captured their enthusiasm & hearts, these up and coming artists attend Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar's Open Mic Night faithfully. Whether performing cover songs or original creations talented performers know they can rely upon the audience's response to inform them if they've missed a note or delivered flawlessly. Our performers have used Open Mic Night as a means to master their live shows, from establishing a memorable stage presence to improving their vocal skills and deliver.