- ? Is this open mic still happening every Monday?
- reply to this commentDre (2/2010)
- ? How do you get registered to play open mikes, do you have to get approved to play first?
- reply to this commentStateside affair (5/2007)
- A strange brew in this old hardware store turned microbrewery. A lovely physical plant and staff and you can spend $$$ on entrees or $$ on snacks and a tavern menu if you get there before the show… the kitchen closes at 10:00. the host is friendly. Lesser knowns seem to often start off and to offer the best listening. When they are done, a couple of apparently regular bands with an odd tatooed barbie like zombie following incapable of original thought in dress, comes to play. They offer mostly metal at a volume which accentuates a general failure to strive for technical accomplishment or virtuosity. Similarly the vapid crowd responds to the ranting profanity and a general lack of other content in the overly self impressed meandering monologues of unschooled frontmen between songs: The EMCEE loses control. Outside, afterward, a tense showdown in the parking lot between two groups vying to win the nights least cranial content award. Overall a disappointing night and not containing the welcoming community and spirit that so often comes with playing music. huske needs to reach out into the piedmont for some of the pickers who live there and bring into this night, the common sense and technical accumen this region is noted for.
- reply to this commentfrontporchmusic (11/2005)
- The Monday night open mic at the Huske Hardware Brewing Co. kicks off at 10pm, and goes till around 1:30am. This is a very diverse open mic, with acts ranging from alternative to hip-hop, r&b to bluegrass, punk to metal - you get the picture. The house band Mandala provides the equipment (and the musician if you need 'em) and performs a short four-song set in exchange. Monday night open mike at the Huske is a great place to hear live music of all kinds, as well as meet people, network, and get exposure to a receptive audience. It is not uncommon for a band that is touring to stop in and play a few songs to make a connection for a possible show date in town. As an added incentive, all who participate have an opportunity to win the tip jar with a raffle drawing at the end of the night. The Huske is a great atmosphere with two levels, the second level open so that there is a great view of the whole bar. There is a brewery incased in glass walls behind the front of the stage area, and you guessed it - house brew at a great price. Is there a particular drink you think that you can stump the bartenders with? Try your luck with the Huske's knowledgable and hospitable bartenders… Trust me, this is definately worth checking out.
- reply to this commentNesto (7/2004)