Jason Wheatley is no longer the bi-weekly host of the Living Room’s open mic (and as far as I know that’s “bi-weekly” and not “bi weekly”). Considering the crowds all summer at the Living Room, MC Jason’s last show was surprisingly low key, but the night featured many LR regulars such as Keith Lewis, Adrien, Greg, Justin Taylor, Roz King/Mike Scanlon, and myself. The first time I saw Jason perform was probably a little under a year ago doing his great rendition of “Georgia on my Mind.” He’s a talented performer and songwriter and I’m sure he’ll be playing around town a lot. Sure he laughs at his own jokes a little too much and occasionally has trouble stalling for time while waiting on open mic performers, but hosting an event like that week in and week out is difficult. He always encouraged the crowd to support the musicians and that’s probably why so many came back each week. Good luck Jason. Taking over for him will be long time south jersey performer, Roz King.
I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon,” “Headstart,” Gomez’s “Get Miles”, and a soon to be retitled song. It was the first time in a while I played without one of my giant “dorito” style picks. “I Hope I Die on the Moon” practically requires using the bigger picks, so I think I’ll make sure I have one on me from now on. I also played “Headstart” using the capo I just bought. That was the first time I have ever used a capo live since I started playing out (7 years ago!) and I liked it.
I looked over my web site statistics and people are still mostly coming to my site from Google to read about Collingswood’s new restaurant, the Tortilla Press. It makes me wonder if I should do restuarant reviews on here. Here’s your guide to good Collingswood area dining:
- Tortilla Press (Corner of Haddon Ave and Collings Ave):
Great gourmet “mexican inspired” food. Bring some tequila and order their virgin margaritas.
- Crystal Lake Diner (Cuthbert Ave. near Wendy’s and Freddy’s Liquor Store):
Definitely the best diner in the immediate area.
- Lo’s Chinese Restuarant (Haddon Ave):
Good chinese food for take out or dining there.
- The Living Room (Corner of Haddon Ave and Collings Ave):
They have great breakfast sandwhiches and good coffee.
Now I’m going to sit back and watch this hits pour in.