- I've just completed 4 Monday's at Smoken Joes and I'm really excited about this series. The crowd is very "musical", the space feels just right, the food is the real deal. I play a half hour warmup set at 7 then bring up players until 10. The singer-songwriter model is most prominent but we get all styles and different instrumentation. Bass players need an amp and there's no house keyboard. Full drum kits can be tough but I'll agree to them on a case by case basis depending on how many players are signed up, etc. Considering 2 of the Monday's were during record downpours, attendance has been strong and this series hit the street running after the first 2 weeks. Sign up in person anytime after 6, first come first served, no advance e-mail sign ups and so far I haven't done a featured performer but that could change. Usually 2 songs per player. Check this one out, my players love the attentive crowds and there's free parking in the back of the club.
- reply to this commentBruce Marshall (4/2010)
Bruce brings his remarkably successful open mike to the big city. The venue is a listening/playing paradise - not too big, not too small and everybody's into what you're doing.
The BBQ food (I went with the ribs and the wings - mouth's watering as I type) is outrageously good, and the beer is cold.
Expect the owner to come around to say hello, because Joe's a music-lovin' fool. And, as always, if you'd like Bruce to sit in with you, just say so.
- reply to this commentFred Bement (3/2010)