What a great weekend. There will be a break from winter from time to time here in Colorado now that it is March. We usually enjoy a mix of warmer weather mixed with more snow than has fallen all winter. I like it! After taking a day off on Friday I met up with my friends from Better Than Bacon and stayed in Fraser, Colorado. I sat in with them on Saturday afternoon (outside) at the Winter Park Ski Village and played some electric guitar, something I don't get to do much anymore. Time spent with these guys is always fun. We played with heaters on stage, no problem for Better Than Bacon since they are a hearty band. After the show we stayed in Fraser again and with the mountain air and a long day outside, eveyone was knocked out pretty early. Sunday morning I was off to Boulder to play some songs for the KGNU public radio fundraiser. I visited with the host of Indian Voices, Theresa Halsey for a bit and played about 5 songs from Sing It Louder. Theresa has hosted the show for 27 years. That is pretty impressive huh? I've known Theresa for years and she has always been very supportive of my musical endeavors. Check out her show and write a check to KGNU! Listen to that March 4th performance here: http://www.kgnu.org/indianvoicesarchives This week I will take some time to work on songs and get ready for a trip to North Carolina with the Pura Fe Trio. We are playing in Pembroke, check out the link and if you are nearby come check out the show. http://www.uncp.edu/gpac/special/index.htm Later in the month I will travel back to North Carolina to play some shows with Leyla McCalla as she takes a break from her heavy touring schedule with the Carolina Chocolate Drops to dedicate some time to her own music. Her upcoming release from the Music Maker label will be a good one. We will play at the Hamilton in Washington DC and back in NC for a WUNC North Carolina Public Radio show 'The State Of Things', as well as another show at the Carrboro Art Center near Charlotte.
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If you are stopping by my blog for the first time, thanks for reading this. I have been doing some traveling for the last few years on and off. I started writing down my thoughts and posting to FB. I finally decided to start this blog to have a place to post songs and my recent quest for the open mic night. It's been a few months since I started visiting open mic nights in Colorado. My goal is to hit open mic nights out of Colorado and around the world. Here are the 10 places I've been to so far: Rock N Soul in Boulder, Connor O'Neil's in Boulder, Oskar Blues in Lyons, Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins, The Waterloo Icehouse in Lousiville, KRFC FM in Fort Collins, The D Note in Arvada, The Mayor Of Old Town in Fort Collins, Lucky Joe's in Fort Collins, and The Drake Park in Fort Collins. I included KRFC because they do a live show once a week featuring a local guy spinning tunes on the radio. I did the first one, sort of a DJ open mic. It's been lots of fun and I will keep after it! Last night I decided to drive to Nederland Colorado for the open mic night at the Pioneer Inn. Nederland is up in the mountains above Boulder. There are plenty of interesting events held in this little town including this weekend's Frozen Dead Guy Days. Not to be missed for sure.
It's a bit of a drive from here but that is going to happen. I'll have to drive further and further from Fort Collins to find open mic nights to check off the list. Sign up is listed as 7:30 pm. I wonder if maybe in Nederland everything is just a little more laid back than other places along the Colorado Piedmont. As I was the only performer there, there was no signup and the very capable host Maus started around 8:30. I enjoyed his songs and did a few songs after his. Maus (pronounced Mouse) is a big guy. I wanted to get a picture standing next to him but it didn't happen. His choice of songs, guitar playing and singing was all cool. This open mic night is the most simplistic I have attended so far.
A chair, a mic and an amp on the floor in the dinning room. What more does it take? I enjoyed my time at the Pioneer and drove back to Fort Collins. I'll get back after it tonight. I'm spending my days working on new songs and playing guitar. Maybe I'll try out a few new songs at what ever open mic I land at tonight. Thanks for reading.
I have no shows for this week. I will try and hit some open mic nights and spend some time at home working on songs for me and others. I really look forward to a productive week here in Fort Collins. Here are some photos from past trips and shows. Have a great week!!
For a couple of years I traveled around with my friend Scott Von playing music and flyfishing in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. He taught me invaluble lessons on stage performing and guitars in general.
Scott and I once played the Waterloo a few years back. I recently went in and played the open mic night and as a result got a Saturday night spot. It took me a while to remember I had been there once before with Scott! The memory is the first to go, right? I arrived around 8:15 for my 9:30 show time. I know, I do that all the time. Being early doesn't always work out but at least I try. The place was packed when we got there. I can't say enough about the town, the bar, and the people. It's a great place. I haven't had the chance to play 3 sets any where since I have been on the trail of a new solo career. Last night I got my chance and it couldn't have happened in a better place. Brandon runs the audio and he met us at 8:30 and made us feel right at home.
I played a few songs that I haven't done before. A few songs that I did sounded like I had never played them before. I like the joint, I'm sure you will too. It's 10 minutes from Boulder, drop in and Sing It Louder.
http://KingKoncert.com for photos and reviews, tell him I sent you.