Smokey Joe's Cafe is considered a gem of a music venue by its local and visiting patrons due to the local and national music acts that frequent the infamous dive bar. Joe's is an extremely eclectic bar, walls covered with local and national music memorabilia with over 100 beers and expansive liquor selection.
For the game lovers, there are two pool tables, foosball, ring toss, and a ping pong table on the sand, where bare feet are encouraged. Darts boards are not only located inside but outside as well on the large, covered deck complete with a firepit. The menu is limited but there is specialty jerky behind the bar as well as other snacks. Outside a stand serves up locally inspired gourmet hot dogs outside at the hot dog stand.
Tuesday night is open mic night which is Charlotte's longest-running at over 20 years old. Smokey Joe's Open Jam really took off when local musician Josh Daniel got involved, although it was rumored that Charlotte musician Chuck Brown actually started it.
Originally it was an acoustic singer-songwriter act but grew from there. Daniel was asked to play with his rock band but eventually took over the Open Jam. His band would open with a set and then fill in for whoever signed up for the open mic. Almost every other day of the week guests can watch bands ranging from regular, local musicians to national acts across all genres, reggae, rock, Latin, jazz, blues, and soul.
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