Two years ago, when songwriter Kyle Kirkland didn’t have time to prep for a solo gig, he decided to invite some of his talented friends onstage—creating a monthly showcase for the city’s best emerging musicians. Today, Duets is known as a safe space for Atlanta artists to debut an original song or a favorite cover. While the stage isn’t technically “open” (Kirkland curates the performances), skilled audience members are often invited up to jam on Kirkland’s guitar or piano. (If you’re good, you just might be added to next month’s lineup.) 970 Piedmont Avenue, katscafeatlanta.com
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.