Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Tee Open Mic 7/14/11

Last Thursday night the First Tee Open Mic was fun and interesting.  Although the roster was a bit shorter than usual we had some excellent talent, and some unusual instruments.  You just never know what you are going to get at an open mic. Read'll see what I mean.

We kicked off the evening with Jason Hykle.
Jason got some backup from Bruce Ross on Bass
and Keith Craik on fiddle.

Next up Reverend Johnny brought out an
Alvarez Yairi Double Neck Guitar.

Ben Gould took the stage next with his first attempt at
a home-made instrument which was quickly dubbed 
the Canjo.  It actually sounded pretty good.

Bruce Ross brought us back to the real world after Ben and Johnny.

But it didn't last long....Hunter Nelson started his set 
rocking out on a Ukelele.

Hunter brought Rhew Fletcher up to take over the Uke
so he could once again ease us back to normalcy.

The Reverend Doctor Otis Futhermucker wandered in to 
The First Tee of a splash of tea, so we brought him up
to play a couple of songs for us.  

And we closed down the evening with Lance Johnson playing for us.

As always, it was a fun and entertaining evening, and I'd like to thank everyone for coming out and participating.  Open Mic is about people.  I couldn't do it without you.

Monday, July 11, 2011

First Tee Open Mic 7/7/11

I’ve been hosting open mics for a few years now, and as anyone in this business will tell you there is no way to predict what kind of night you will have.  However, when word got out that Josal  was in town and planning on being at The First Tee, I was pretty certain it was going to be an exceptional turn out.  Indeed it was.  

Open mic is far more than a few musicians showing up to try out new songs, or brush up old ones.  It’s far more that new players working through stage jitters.  It’s far more than entertainment for the local bar patrons.  Open mic is a community of folks that love live local music.  They love the camaraderie and  they love the community.  Some come to play, some come to listen, but everyone comes to take part in the open mic. 

Last Thursday at The First Tee was a perfect example of that.

Pete Bosshart kicked off the evening,
and got some help from Keith Craik

Captain Rick followed with some First Tee favorites.
  The Captain was joined by Ken Jensen on the Jews Harp.
He also managed to get Josal up for some great harmonies.

Jason Hykle was next up and also took advantage of our fine
house fiddle player Keith Craik.

Randy Soffar joined us this week and got request for some
of his old Z Rock songs.

It's always a pleasure to have Jeff Norem on our stage with
his Chapman Stick.

Then Josal took the stage and was joined 
by Willie B and Keith Craik.

Although that was a hard act to follow Peter Cornish 
did exactly that without flinching.

Mitch Tiffin joined us tonight.  He's been spending some 
time writing new songs and brought them out for a test drive.

John Durr of The Remnants Of Polaris was in the house
and took us back to the 60's's what he does best.

The Reverend Johnny followed John Durr,

and Josh Wager was next up.

Clyde Sayre was in the house for a good time.

Glynace Eastam made her first appearance at 
The First Tee Open Mic. 

And we're always happy to see Larry Sepulvado on our stage.

Bruce Ross closed down a long night of great music
and invited Steve Telfer with his flute to the stage.

Many thanks to all of the players and listeners that keep open mics alive.  

Hope to see you out and about this week.