Open mics are awesome ways to worm your way into someone's musical dreams. If you're able to nail the bass part of "Crossroads," that is. Here's a small sampling of the area's many open mic nights; most are weekly events (because of the holidays, check with venues to see if they're on this week).

Nightsongs Open Mike/Songshare: Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Turnpike, Coventry, Thu., Dec. 27, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic w/ Brendan Donahue: Downtown Cafe, 118 Main St., Bristol, (860) 582-6853. Thu., Dec. 27 downtowncafe-bristol.com. Free.

Open Mic with Dave Costa: Cambridge House Brew Pub, 357 Salmon Brook St., Granby, (860) 653-2739. Thu., Dec. 27, 8 p.m. cbhgranby.com. Free.

Open Mic Friday: LaSalle Market & Deli, 104 Main St., Collinsville, Fri., Dec. 28, 6 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Jam w/ George Baker: Cypress Restaurant, 1265 South Main St., Middletown, (860) 346-3367. Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m. cypressgrill.com. Free.

Open Mic: Sullys Pub, 2071 Park St., Hartford, (860) 231-8881. Sun., Dec. 30. sullyspub.com. Free.