Carter: Open Mic

Open mic

Richard Carter

Last week, I attended the first Spot open mic in months. When I walked in about 30 minutes in, it was only Chris Roberson playing guitar and Steve-o Welch playing drums and there was no one else, and I thought it was going to be a long night.

Luckily, a pic got posted on Facebook.com, which is far better than any street sign and it leaves less of a ecological footprint, if you know what I mean, and soon people were bursting through the doors. Thirty minutes later, there was at least 30 people there and Welch was cranking out a Leadbelly tune and it was all pretty awesome.

Needless to say, I like the late night atmosphere of the Spot—whether it be empty or filled. But, it’s probably better musically when there are a lot of people.

At one point, Phil—also of Dr. Philgood and the Let’s Get It On’s, was playing guitar—sort of fingerpicking and stuff–and Chris was singing all the way from the kitchen and it sounded good. It’s just a healthy atmosphere for music, and a continuation of the Vincent’s open mic—despite the fact David Thompson is long gone to the Metroplex.

I recently received an e-mail from Gellert Domany which said that his new band (former members of Jac Damsel) will be playing the first ever live show at Fat Alberts (4011 Rhea Rd) on November 3.  The band is called OUTSPIRE and should be interesting. The lead singer is new to the area, so we shall see.

Fat Alberts is next door to the old Brickhouse, which was one of the premiere all-ages clubs in the area for quite some time. Fat Albert ‘s already has good business with pool and is good at carding people to keep the under 21’s out, so there is no trouble. I am happy to hear there is the possibility of a new live venue, which is so well located.

There is a new owner of The Office and rumor has it that live music may be a thing of the past there. It’s sort of a shame because when Frank Goff moved his bar, Frank’s Place, there in the early ‘80s, it was for live music, and their jazz jams were pretty legendary. Also the area band formed by Steve Stout and Chris Whitlock called Take two, which was really popular, used to play at Franks all of the time. Let’s hope that those rumors are not true.

By the way, speaking of rumors, there was some talk a month or two ago about reforming Take Two to play an area show. That would have been a blast from the past and I think sort of a healthy music event for the younger folks to hear.

I got to talk to Dustin Fike earlier this week and he told me that he would be singing with X at the Iron Horse Pub on Saturday, October 27. He also said they would once again be doing a Lady Gaga song, so I think that’s going to be massive fun. Also, the trio of guys It Hurts to be Dead will be opening up for them, and I hear there will be bands earlier in the day during the zombie run. Lots of blood, loud music and happenings.

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