Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Once again I've been out and about visiting various open mics around Houston, and once again I am impressed with the talent and the support that I've seen.  According to houstonopenmic.com there are over 50 weekly open mics, and each of them have their own unique qualities.  As hosts we do our best to support the wants and needs of the venue, the audience, and of course the musicians.  This is why I am happy to announce the return of a sorely missed feature at The First Tee Open Mic.  That's right folks!  The on stage drink holder is back!

We had a fun night last Thursday at The Tee.  The crowd was light and the list was short but it didn't stop us from playing some great music and having a good time.

We started off the evening with Brandon Smith.
You can find his music at www.brandonsmithmusic.com.

Hogmire was in attendance and in great form. 
It's always a pleasure to hear him.

John Durr followed Hogmire.
John is gearing up for a performance with
The Remnants Of Polaris at JP Hops House for Spudstock.
Find out more about Spudstock at www.jphopshouse.com

Next up was Jeff Norem with his Chapman Stick.
Jeff is truly a master of this unique instrument 
and always a crowd pleaser.

Bruce Ross followed Jeff.
Bruce is a welcome regular at The First Tee Open Mic
and often stands in with other performers 
on Bass and Vocals

Bruce got some back up from Keith Craik.  
Keith is one of those rare musicians that can
back up just about anyone.

Lance Johnson joined us for a few songs. 

Lance was followed by Hunter Nelson.
Hunter has been featured a couple of times at JP Hops House,
and has written a very entertaining rock opera.

We closed the evening out with Clyde Sayre.
Clyde is always entertaining and always leaves you wanting more.

But you'll just have to come back next week for another dose,
because it is time to 
"Exit...stage left."

Hope to see you out and about this week.