Open Mic Recap @ the GSP

The GSP open mic hasn’t been this good in a long time. Adrien drove up with me to Grape Street for the first time and she sounded amazing as usual. Jeremy Hollis’s song about making out with “two chicks at one time” had a great vibe to go along with the material. Leroy Montana must be seen to be believed. Take Dennis Leary, raise him by wolves, and lock him in a barn until he can play guitar. That’s Leroy Montana. The night’s featured artist Mutlu did a great Prince cover along with his G-Loveish originals. He’s so easy to listen to. Heather G did a couple of really interesting songs with her drum machine backing her up. Honestly, there were so many good performers I nearly stayed the whole time. If you weren’t there you missed out on a great night.

I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon” and “All My Dreams are in Cartoon.” If getting in late wasn’t tough enough on my night’s sleep the noise my air conditioner started making certainly was. In the middle of the night I found myself pounding on it before eventually shutting it off. It has since been fixed so I anticipate some uninterrupted sleep tonight.

The GSP open mic hasn’t been this good in a long time. Adrien drove up with me to Grape Street for the first time and she sounded amazing as usual. Jeremy Hollis’s song about making out with “two chicks at one time” had a great vibe to go along with the material. Leroy Montana must be seen to be believed. Take Dennis Leary, raise him by wolves, and lock him in a barn until he can play guitar. That’s Leroy Montana. The night’s featured artist Mutlu did a great Prince cover along with his G-Loveish originals. He’s so easy to listen to. Heather G did a couple of really interesting songs with her drum machine backing her up. Honestly, there were so many good performers I nearly stayed the whole time. If you weren’t there you missed out on a great night.

I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon” and “All My Dreams are in Cartoon.” If getting in late wasn’t tough enough on my night’s sleep the noise my air conditioner started making certainly was. In the middle of the night I found myself pounding on it before eventually shutting it off. It has since been fixed so I anticipate some uninterrupted sleep tonight.

Open Mic Recap @ The Living Room

I was the featured artist yesterday at the Living Room’s open mic and overall the show went pretty well. My sound was a little screwy at times, but that happens. I played a new song called “DRM Sucks” about how Digital Rights Management could possibly invade our privacy and limit our freedoms, but unfortunately the only thing that sucked was the song itself. Poor sound, crappy songs: Sounds like a great gig so far doesn’t it? The rest of my set was fine, although I was sweating like a filthy animal up there in the 100 degree weather. My set list was as follows:

“The Genius of it All”
“I Hope I Die on the Moon”
“Why Now Satan?”
“DRM Sucks”
“All My Dreams are in Cartoon”
“16-18”
“The Cut in Half Blues” by Beck
“Get Miles” by Gomez

Great performances were put on by Keith, Roz, Jason, Willie, Maria, Matt and of course, Adrien, who ripped out an amazing cover of “Walk Like an Egyptian” in the honor of her fourteen year old Bangles t-shirt. Matt took about 2 hours to tune his guitar up there, but I always like his stuff so I didn’t mind.

What’s up with the guy who always comes in wearing those tiny grey cut off sweat pants shorts that are beyond tight? He semi-heckles the performers and distracts people with his package practically busting through his shorts.

I don’t have any more gigs lined up, but that’s ok with me for now. I got a little burned out promoting the last one and I think I’m going to try and write a ton of songs. I should be able to get at least a one worth playing.

I was the featured artist yesterday at the Living Room’s open mic and overall the show went pretty well. My sound was a little screwy at times, but that happens. I played a new song called “DRM Sucks” about how Digital Rights Management could possibly invade our privacy and limit our freedoms, but unfortunately the only thing that sucked was the song itself. Poor sound, crappy songs: Sounds like a great gig so far doesn’t it? The rest of my set was fine, although I was sweating like a filthy animal up there in the 100 degree weather. My set list was as follows:

“The Genius of it All”
“I Hope I Die on the Moon”
“Why Now Satan?”
“DRM Sucks”
“All My Dreams are in Cartoon”
“16-18”
“The Cut in Half Blues” by Beck
“Get Miles” by Gomez

Great performances were put on by Keith, Roz, Jason, Willie, Maria, Matt and of course, Adrien, who ripped out an amazing cover of “Walk Like an Egyptian” in the honor of her fourteen year old Bangles t-shirt. Matt took about 2 hours to tune his guitar up there, but I always like his stuff so I didn’t mind.

What’s up with the guy who always comes in wearing those tiny grey cut off sweat pants shorts that are beyond tight? He semi-heckles the performers and distracts people with his package practically busting through his shorts.

I don’t have any more gigs lined up, but that’s ok with me for now. I got a little burned out promoting the last one and I think I’m going to try and write a ton of songs. I should be able to get at least a one worth playing.

Open Mic Recap @ The Living Room

Adrian is so far above everyone at the Living Room (or almost anywhere else) that it’s almost embarrassing. I had to follow her tonight and even I would have rather seen her play another song. A ton of other great performers came out tonight, too(Keith, Roz, Maria, Willie, Lee and great keyboard player named Alan).

I played “Why Now Satan” and “Get Miles” by Gomez and it seemed to go over very well. The Living Room is definitely one of the most supportive venues I know and I think that’s why I like it so much.

I noticed a flyer on the wall promoting a music and arts festival and Roz King was one of the performers. They listed him as “grizzly, woodsy folk” and I found that pretty entertaining.

Adrian is so far above everyone at the Living Room (or almost anywhere else) that it’s almost embarrassing. I had to follow her tonight and even I would have rather seen her play another song. A ton of other great performers came out tonight, too(Keith, Roz, Maria, Willie, Lee and great keyboard player named Alan).

I played “Why Now Satan” and “Get Miles” by Gomez and it seemed to go over very well. The Living Room is definitely one of the most supportive venues I know and I think that’s why I like it so much.

I noticed a flyer on the wall promoting a music and arts festival and Roz King was one of the performers. They listed him as “grizzly, woodsy folk” and I found that pretty entertaining.

Open Mic Recap

Some very talented irregulars showed up at the Grape last night, including the Day Rubies and Senatobia. The guys who went right after me sat on the floor while they played. Strangely, it helped draw attention to their performance. I also really liked the guy from Nashville (I don’t remember his name, but that happens often at open mics).

I played Gomez’s “Get Miles” and my own “Why Now Satan?” I thought “Get Miles” sounded fine, but I wasn’t too happy with “Why Now Satan.” It could have just been the monitor, but I couldn’t hear myself as easily as I usually can. The main reason I trucked up to GSP last night was to pass out my new flyers. Mark Lancaster said it reminded him of an album cover, possibly AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Everyone seemed to like the flyer a lot, so you’ll be seeing it often until August 10th.

I added a second show to the list for my upcoming “featured artist” status at the Living Room on August 12th. The Living Room is on the corner of Collings and Haddon Ave in Collingswood, NJ. I’ll be playing from 8:00 – 8:30 to kick off the open mic. If you haven’t been out to the Living Room, you should check it out.

This week I’ll be hitting the Living Room’s Wednesday night open mic. Next week I’ll be at GSP on Monday, The Point on Tuesday, and the Living Room on Wednesday.

Some very talented irregulars showed up at the Grape last night, including the Day Rubies and Senatobia. The guys who went right after me sat on the floor while they played. Strangely, it helped draw attention to their performance. I also really liked the guy from Nashville (I don’t remember his name, but that happens often at open mics).

I played Gomez’s “Get Miles” and my own “Why Now Satan?” I thought “Get Miles” sounded fine, but I wasn’t too happy with “Why Now Satan.” It could have just been the monitor, but I couldn’t hear myself as easily as I usually can. The main reason I trucked up to GSP last night was to pass out my new flyers. Mark Lancaster said it reminded him of an album cover, possibly AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Everyone seemed to like the flyer a lot, so you’ll be seeing it often until August 10th.

I added a second show to the list for my upcoming “featured artist” status at the Living Room on August 12th. The Living Room is on the corner of Collings and Haddon Ave in Collingswood, NJ. I’ll be playing from 8:00 – 8:30 to kick off the open mic. If you haven’t been out to the Living Room, you should check it out.

This week I’ll be hitting the Living Room’s Wednesday night open mic. Next week I’ll be at GSP on Monday, The Point on Tuesday, and the Living Room on Wednesday.

Open Mic Recap: The Living Room

The Living Room’s open mic was a lot of fun tonight. Jason Wheatly, Roz King, Keith Lewis, and Willie Tapps all put on great performances. Adrien and John blew everyone away with two originals and I’m sure they’ll be playing around a lot. I also enjoyed the guy who went right before me, John Romeo, and pretty much everyone else. The night was so good, I skipped the Crab’s open mic.

I felt like rocking out, so I started off with Gomez’s “Get Miles” and closed with “I Hope I Die on the Moon.” The Living Room always seems to have a great crowd thanks to Jason’s prodding. On a monday in the near future I’m going to be a featured open mic artist. The featured status lets me play for about a half hour at the start of the show.

It looks like the Living Room has settled on keeping the refrigerated shelf in the middle of the counter because it’s still there. It’s so distracting especially when someone opens its door and a blinding light shoots from the inside.

I hope you like this site’s new color scheme. The green looked worse and worse every time I looked at it. I also switched the megaphone icon from the “Random” topic to the “New” topic. Random got the famous chicken head and I couldn’t be happier.

The Living Room’s open mic was a lot of fun tonight. Jason Wheatly, Roz King, Keith Lewis, and Willie Tapps all put on great performances. Adrien and John blew everyone away with two originals and I’m sure they’ll be playing around a lot. I also enjoyed the guy who went right before me, John Romeo, and pretty much everyone else. The night was so good, I skipped the Crab’s open mic.

I felt like rocking out, so I started off with Gomez’s “Get Miles” and closed with “I Hope I Die on the Moon.” The Living Room always seems to have a great crowd thanks to Jason’s prodding. On a monday in the near future I’m going to be a featured open mic artist. The featured status lets me play for about a half hour at the start of the show.

It looks like the Living Room has settled on keeping the refrigerated shelf in the middle of the counter because it’s still there. It’s so distracting especially when someone opens its door and a blinding light shoots from the inside.

I hope you like this site’s new color scheme. The green looked worse and worse every time I looked at it. I also switched the megaphone icon from the “Random” topic to the “New” topic. Random got the famous chicken head and I couldn’t be happier.

Open Mic: The Living Room

I’ll probably check out the new Monday night open mics over at the Living Room in Collingswood, NJ (corner of Haddon and Collings Ave). I’m not sure if it’s just me, but their coffee seems a lot better than it used to be.

This site seems almost ready to go live now.

I’ll probably check out the new Monday night open mics over at the Living Room in Collingswood, NJ (corner of Haddon and Collings Ave). I’m not sure if it’s just me, but their coffee seems a lot better than it used to be.

This site seems almost ready to go live now.

Open Mic: Last Night

Last night’s open mic’s at the Living Room and the Caribbean Crab went pretty well. First up was the Living Room in Collingswood which doesn’t have a website, but has a pretty good review on South Jersey News. The rain and graduation ceremonies scared away alot of the people who sign up early for this show, so I was able to land the #3 spot. Shortly after I got there Justin from no way scoob and his new bongo drummer Jimmy came in. They did their great “Stray Cat Strut” cover. When it was my turn to go, I played “The Genius of it All” and the Gomez song, “Get Miles.” The sound on my guitar kept going out during “Genius,” but people seemed to be into “Get Miles.” I think I’ve got a good version of that song nailed down now. There were a few people there from the Point last night which surprised me, because I thought I was the only one who would drive 45 minutes to an hour to play one song. One guy told me that it was unusually dead last night, which amazes me because there were more people there than I have ever seen at any acoustic show much less an open mic.

The Crab had a full 8 piece ska band open up the night called “Smash Fast.” The crowd loved their ska cover of “Hotel California.” Justin and Khristl played The White Stripes’ “Hotel Yorba” again and it sounded awesome. I hope they do a few more collaborations. I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon”, Beck’s “The Cut in Half Blues”, and my new song that starts out “All my dreams are in cartoon / the plants created us to kill the moon…” I don’t have a definite title for the song yet. Do It For Danny came on after me and the skinny guy (I can never remember their names) broke a string on both his guitar and Justin’s. Their drummer was on vacation, so they put their bass player on drums who seemed to be going at half speed. Overall, it was a good night, although my right thumb was killing me when I was done. I need to buy some better pics.

Last night’s open mic’s at the Living Room and the Caribbean Crab went pretty well. First up was the Living Room in Collingswood which doesn’t have a website, but has a pretty good review on South Jersey News. The rain and graduation ceremonies scared away alot of the people who sign up early for this show, so I was able to land the #3 spot. Shortly after I got there Justin from no way scoob and his new bongo drummer Jimmy came in. They did their great “Stray Cat Strut” cover. When it was my turn to go, I played “The Genius of it All” and the Gomez song, “Get Miles.” The sound on my guitar kept going out during “Genius,” but people seemed to be into “Get Miles.” I think I’ve got a good version of that song nailed down now. There were a few people there from the Point last night which surprised me, because I thought I was the only one who would drive 45 minutes to an hour to play one song. One guy told me that it was unusually dead last night, which amazes me because there were more people there than I have ever seen at any acoustic show much less an open mic.

The Crab had a full 8 piece ska band open up the night called “Smash Fast.” The crowd loved their ska cover of “Hotel California.” Justin and Khristl played The White Stripes’ “Hotel Yorba” again and it sounded awesome. I hope they do a few more collaborations. I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon”, Beck’s “The Cut in Half Blues”, and my new song that starts out “All my dreams are in cartoon / the plants created us to kill the moon…” I don’t have a definite title for the song yet. Do It For Danny came on after me and the skinny guy (I can never remember their names) broke a string on both his guitar and Justin’s. Their drummer was on vacation, so they put their bass player on drums who seemed to be going at half speed. Overall, it was a good night, although my right thumb was killing me when I was done. I need to buy some better pics.

Open Mic: The Living Room and the Crab

Tonight I’ll be appearing at both the Living Room in Collingswood, NJ (corner of Haddon Ave and Collings Ave, 856-833-0060, 8:00PM) and the Caribbean Crab (Route 30 in Oaklyn, near Taco Bell, 10:00PM). These are both open mics, so anyone can come up and play. The Living Room’s list tends to fill up fast, so I’d get there by 7:00PM. I’ll be passing out more of my chicken head flyers to get people to come out for my show this Friday at Grape Street.

Tonight I’ll be appearing at both the Living Room in Collingswood, NJ (corner of Haddon Ave and Collings Ave, 856-833-0060, 8:00PM) and the Caribbean Crab (Route 30 in Oaklyn, near Taco Bell, 10:00PM). These are both open mics, so anyone can come up and play. The Living Room’s list tends to fill up fast, so I’d get there by 7:00PM. I’ll be passing out more of my chicken head flyers to get people to come out for my show this Friday at Grape Street.

Open Mic at the Point

Last night was my first time playing at the Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. I had heard a lot of good things about it and its host, Andy Kimbel, and I was glad to see it lived up to my expectations.

Andy plainly states the open mic’s unconventional policies on the sign up and information page: “Andy’s Open Mic at the Point has become the most popular and best Open Mic at least east of the Mississippi with over 30 talented singer songwriters from all over the area, the country and occasionally the world wanting to take the stage each Tuesday night. The program runs from 7:30 to 10:50. Andy Kimbel programs the evening. It is not first come first serve. So, please be prepared to enjoy the night of entertainment and perform sometime between 7:30 and 11:00 PM, regardless of when you arrive. If you sign up on the Internet and do not arrive prior to 8:00, a walk-in performer can take your slot. (unless prior arrangements are made).

All performance slots will include no more than one song. This may change from week to week depending on the amount of confirmed performers. Make sure to click the Open Mic Tips link below for helpful hints. The only exceptions of time and number of songs will be determined by Andy Kimbel in advance.

I have never seen so many performers in 3 and a half hours in my life and the place was packed. I wasn’t even sure I’d get to go on, but luckily I was brought up on stage towards the end. I can only estimate, but I believe about 35-45 different people took the stage and a number of others never got the chance to go on. Andy promised they could definitely play the following week.

As far as my own performance, I am fairly happy with it. I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon” and some people seemed into it, although in retrospect I should have probably played a more low key song considering the audience. I mainly went to promote my show at the Grape Street Pub on Friday, but with the mostly under 21 crowd at the Point I doubt I’ll get many in from Bryn Mawr. Someone gave me a napkin that said “Good Luck :)”, so that was pretty cool. I’ll definitely come back to the Point’s open mic someday, even though it’s a hike to get there.

Last night was my first time playing at the Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. I had heard a lot of good things about it and its host, Andy Kimbel, and I was glad to see it lived up to my expectations.

Andy plainly states the open mic’s unconventional policies on the sign up and information page: “Andy’s Open Mic at the Point has become the most popular and best Open Mic at least east of the Mississippi with over 30 talented singer songwriters from all over the area, the country and occasionally the world wanting to take the stage each Tuesday night. The program runs from 7:30 to 10:50. Andy Kimbel programs the evening. It is not first come first serve. So, please be prepared to enjoy the night of entertainment and perform sometime between 7:30 and 11:00 PM, regardless of when you arrive. If you sign up on the Internet and do not arrive prior to 8:00, a walk-in performer can take your slot. (unless prior arrangements are made).

All performance slots will include no more than one song. This may change from week to week depending on the amount of confirmed performers. Make sure to click the Open Mic Tips link below for helpful hints. The only exceptions of time and number of songs will be determined by Andy Kimbel in advance.

I have never seen so many performers in 3 and a half hours in my life and the place was packed. I wasn’t even sure I’d get to go on, but luckily I was brought up on stage towards the end. I can only estimate, but I believe about 35-45 different people took the stage and a number of others never got the chance to go on. Andy promised they could definitely play the following week.

As far as my own performance, I am fairly happy with it. I played “I Hope I Die on the Moon” and some people seemed into it, although in retrospect I should have probably played a more low key song considering the audience. I mainly went to promote my show at the Grape Street Pub on Friday, but with the mostly under 21 crowd at the Point I doubt I’ll get many in from Bryn Mawr. Someone gave me a napkin that said “Good Luck :)”, so that was pretty cool. I’ll definitely come back to the Point’s open mic someday, even though it’s a hike to get there.