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Black Cat Café


Are you a performer? Bard, troubador, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Join others at the Black Cat Café for a positive experience on stage!

The “Black Cat Café Coffeehouse” is a cozy, relaxed, open mic night held in First Unitarian’s Gore Hall.

Meeting for more than 20 years and still going strong, Black Cat is currently led by John Brockman. He and the other “Black Catters” open the Gore Hall doors on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Performers sign up at 7:30 pm for a 15 minute block of  performance/stage time. Performances start at 8:00pm and continue until ???.  Requested donation/admission is $2 (no person turned away).  Come out and enjoy our local talent, and/or showcase your own talents of music, poetry, spoken word, in a friendly, respective atmosphere.

Join our Black Cat Facebook page to get reminders!


Black Cat is an Orlando tradition dating back to one fateful “Friday the 13th” in May of 1994. Because it’s held on the Second Friday of each month, some of the time it falls on a Friday the 13th. We like that, and that’s how it got its name!


It is a open-mic coffee house! That means if you show up and ask, you can get up on stage and sing, dance, play music, read a monologue or poetry or whatever! Sign-up starts at 7:30 pm.  You get a 15-minute set.

There’s a very supportive audience that likes first-time performers. So if you’ve wanted to try to do something on stage, but were afraid to do so, this is the place to do it! Plus, Black Cat Café has a reputation for having some of the best local professional acts dropping in now and again to try out new material.

Regular performers over the years have included and still include Jim Allen, Bari Clark, Stephen Grayce, “Bulldog” Ben Basile, “Top Cat” Cook, Susie Cool, Chip Dockery, Luv Me Deux, The Old Guys on the Porch, and many more!


The snack bar includes domestic and imported beers, wine, water, soft drinks, coffee, pizza by the slice, brownies, and other goodies. All are available by a very reasonable “suggested donation.”


Please contact John Brockman at BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org if you are interested in becoming a “Black Catter” and helping out behind the scenes to put on the monthly open mic!

See you there!