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May 19th Open Mic was incredible

This page was posted a while back by Chuck, one of our members. I kept it here because I think his essay captures the spirit of our group




On a cold windy May night, in a lonely bar down by the old railroad tracks, sat 3 sad ragged figures, waiting, watching, wondering, "Would they come?".

No sooner had despair begun to creep into their minds did in walk an old familiar face, and yes, he carried a guitar. And soon another would arrive with guitar in hand, and another and then a mandolin then a stand up bass then more guitars then, what is this? A Digery-do? Then tambourines and rattles and shakey rattley things and drummy things of all shapes and sizes., and more and more guitars!
This was to be a very special night.

As with most earth shattering phenomenon the evening started out slow and quiet with Rich delivering what has become a tradition. The compulsory John Prine song.
In this writer's opinion, it don't git no better than that.

Monday had become Tuesday by the time Steve closed the evening's events belting out a Bob Seger song, a U2 song and a STING song.
What transpired between Rich's opening number and Steve's closing had to be witnessed to be believed.

John, Mr. Versatility, figured out a very cool way to work some Todd digery-do into a couple of songs and as always it was magic. (Yes, John does, occasionally, acquiesce to playing with non-females)

Jim and Judy, together and separately sounded as polished as ever. Neither one ever misses a note. They went from rattling the rafters to performing a moving rendition of the ACM?s song of the year, Stay by Sugarland. They later performed one of Judy's original songs.

We all celebrated with Skip, the recent arrival of grandchild # 9, Dillon James. And Grandpop dedicated a song, Sweet Baby James. Nice job Skip and congrats from all of us.

Phil stepped out a little by adding some great vocals to his always phenomenal guitar playing.

I think we heard our first open mic David Bowie song, last night, played by Pat on his 12 string. Pat might be enjoying this stuff too much. I saw him conspiring with Rob. That can't be good!

It was quiet a switch to see Val go from quietly picking her guitar to, last night, fronting one of the largest bands ever to play our open mic night. It was Todd on percussion, Rob on bass, John on lead guitar and Val on guitar and vocals. Not to mention many of the bar patrons tapping and thumping along to a couple Val's own songs. Val, sporting her new "Cowgirl" image (pix to follow)), really sounded great.

This guy Chris?.. how does he come up with this stuff? It's easy to get so caught up in the unique songs that Chris does that you don?t realize, THIS GUY IS GOOD! His talent on the mandolin is the perfect complement to his fine vocal delivery. And the "Chris" personality always comes through. That was, without a doubt, the greatest rendition of Cream's "White Room" we've ever heard played on mandolin. And I bet he can do it on banjo, too. As Serge has said so many times, "Where else are you gonna hear that?"

Our recommended daily allowance of the blues was delivered by Buzz, with John adding the lead riffs. I think it was Muddy Waters and Delbert McClinton. Excellent, so excellent!

Linda travelled all the way from Phoenixville last night and, for all in attendance, it was worth the trip. She played all original songs and even allowed a couple of the Meetup assistant organizers to back her up on vocals on one of her songs. She didn't really need us but we enjoyed it. Thanx. With or without us, Lynda sounded gooooooood. (and she looked pretty good in that cowboy hat, too)

It was getting late when Bonnie finally got her turn but it was worth waiting for. Gotta love the way she sings those country songs. Oh yea, and again, John backing up on guitar.

For those of you keeping score at home:
John with Val, John with Bonnie, John with Linda, John with Judy (not sure about that one)
Am I the only one seeing a pattern here? LOL

Anyway..

Roger, after a little case of the gitters, regrouped and did what he does best. Sing and play smooooooooth! Nice job Roger. We want more!

Another of the "Hat" acts, Rob gave Val a crash course in stand-up bass playin', and you'd a thought they'd been playing together for 10 years instead of 10 minutes. Fun stuff. We all hope to hear more from this duet.

Shree, (I'm sure I spelled that wrong, sorry)Rob's buddy from India, sang a beautiful song with Rob accompanying him on guitar. This was one of the coolest happenings of the evening. Shree, best of luck in your travels, thanx for performing for us and we hope to see you again. I invite all Meetup members to ask Rob to show you the song book that Shree gave him to learn some new songs. Rob has his work cut out for him on that one.

Todd did the Digery-do thing. What can you say about this? Don't know where the sounds come from, but it is very cool! Todd, you da man.

The Chuck and John show? I think these guys are really only here for the beer but sometimes they don't sound half bad. Thanx for the guitar rifs John.

The one and only thing missing last night was a performance by the big guy himself, Sergio. Serge was so busy making sure that everybody else got their chance to play as well as handling the technical "roadie" duties and the M.C. duties that when pressed to get up and play, Serge had no more to give .

Well Serge, I'm sure I speak for all of last night's performers, THANK YOU!

You did a great job as always. Each Open Mic out-shines the previous one.
Serge, you're a great organizer, a great musician and great friend.
See you in 2 weeks! (you WILL play!)


Edited by Chuck on May 20, 2008 at 2:30 PM

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