Last week we had a good time at the open mic, although I was a little out of it. We had a few new performers, which is always great unless they suck. Luckily for us they didn’t.
1. Ben Garvey – Among others I played “Big Dipper” by Built to Spill for the first time. I screwed it up a little, but I think I’ll try it again next time.
2. Jeff and Todd – These guys played some pretty long acoustic rock songs. They said they came in before and at the time I didn’t remember them, but I think I do now.
3. Charlie T. – Were those orginals he played? Not too bad. The girl he was with looked just like Jennifer Love Hewitt.
4. Gabe – Great voice! Sarah Allen thinks he’s really good, too. His voice reminded me of someone, but I can’t figure out who.
5. Cynthia and Blade – This was the first time Blade took the stage, although he’s hung out a few times. Hearing Cynthia sing without her guitar playing was a different experience. Roz had to fix Blade’s guitar after the jack fell inside.
6. Sarah Allen – She was battered into playing a few cure covers and I’m sure she’s excited about the upcoming Cure tour.
7. Willie Tapps – Great job by Willie as usual. Make sure you come out to Willie Fest at the Tree House on May 1st.
8. Bob Michel – I wonder what type of music Bob played when he was a teenager.
9. The Forest Greens – They’ll be playing Willie Fest on May 1st and Eric’s back from Italy now.
10. Ryan Williams – New guy playing some acoustic pop rock. He even did “Pretty Good Year” by Tori Amos, which is one of her best.
11. John Quinlan – John’s music is really starting to grow on me.
12. Joe Alam – Joe said he’s turning over a new leaf and played a tribute song to the Tree House called “the Legend of Christ.” I liked it. He also did a cover of Phil’s Tree House hit, “Baking Slave.” Rob was happy about that.
13. Jason Vertucio – So far there are only two rules for the open mic. No cursing and no playing Good Charlotte on my guitar. Another new rule is if you’re going to read a story you have to read the whole thing. There will be none of this “read the rest on my blog” stuff.
14. Roz King – Roz’s guitar has the oddest tone. He impressed some people by fixing Blade’s guitar earlier in the night.
15. John Shaughnessy – I know I’ll screw up if I try to recall the songs John played, but I know he played a new one and it sounded like it had some promise.