Thursday, November 1, 2012

Open Mic Returns for Another Season

Wow what a crazy first open mic for this season!  Lots of great costumes and way more people than expected. Fortunately there were enough musicians to entertain us. Of course Kay kept us organized and Gilles ran the sound very nicely in Jon's absence. I'm going to name names by memory. (yeah, that memory)  If I've left anyone out, please let me know. You'll get a special write up.

Special thanks to my brave friend Larry who played for his first time in public and was first up with with his baritone Ukulele with some great old tunes that fit the Halloween occasion.

Trish and her wonderful daughter followed. Tish sang about one of her favorite subjects: Classic Cars. Tishe's daughter (by now you've figured out that I've forgotten her name again) sang a beautiful song all by herself that sounded like Latin but I didn't get a chance to ask her. Nice voice.

Big Jim is back too and played a couple of his favorite numbers to an appreciative crowd with a couple of backup musicians: Ed on harp, or should I say Dorothy as pictured in the photo and Bob on guitar.

Sandy and Rio gave us some nice old standards. Rio sang and played the conga, Sandy coaxed sweet chords out of his black guitar for Rio to sing to.

We were treated to some fellows who traveled quite a ways to join us. I met Pat in Loreto one day by accident and we soon figured out that we were both musicians. We kept in touch with me asking him to come down at every opportunity. He showed up with one of his band members (Whistlin' Rufus) and a friend.  They gave us a nice combination of mandolin, harmonica and finger style blues guitar.

Naturally Jeanetti Spaghetti contributed some great Halloween songs like "monster mash" complete with crowd participation while dressed in full costume as "the queen of the night."

She was followed by the "Wolf" man from Cabo who quieted the crowd with a lively fiddle tune along with Ray on bass.  Then closed the show with a jam joined by most of the musicians.

Thanks to all the great musicians who came and played. It was a lovely evening.