Greetings music fans,
You may be asking if all the people who performed last week are chopped liver since I am promoting the Halloween Party (that is this Wednesday 8-11) in my subject line. To answer, yes, yes, they are all chopped liver because the Halloween Party is the open mic event of the year. Don’t miss it. Costumes, a costume contest, cash prizes. Weird decorations and so on. Even Mr. Zaphod has promised an appearance. All you open mic alumni, this could be your Jozart Homecoming!
Anyway, last week, we did have good entertainment and just for the record (and because I also played) I must say the performers were not really “chopped liver”. I just said that to hype the Halloween Party. I mean, after, all, I was one of the performers. I started off the night and received great vocal and mando help from Lee Y. who picked out that Chinqapin Hunting song and played along on classics like Silver Threads and Golden Needles. Garret also got into the act with the djembe and joined us for some Dylan and Hank Senior. Then Garret and I stepped up the rhythm on Parking Lot and the I Will Survive closer. It was fun for me anyway!
Garret played another strong set and played a tribute to Keith Richards new biography (yes, he is still alive) We All Need Someone to Lean On. As a result of a plea bargain Keith once did an anti-drug TV ad and one person yelled at the TV, “Keith we can’t do drugs, you already did them all”. OK, this is probably not a true story and it has no place in Garret’s write-up. I did smile when Garret opened with a fifties type sound and chord progression (going around in G, I believe) as you usually can’t tell what he is playing at all.
Charles carried on and I can’t stop mentioning that he does I Want to Hold Your Hand among other classic songs. That song was one of the high points of fifth grade (luckily today’s generation has trouble with arithmetic or I will never hear the end of that comment).
He was followed by Chris M. who told a few jokes while setting up and chording his way through Illegal Smile and some other standards. You can see Chris slowly becoming more comfortable on stage (not comfortable, but more comfortable).
Finally, Chris DaGoat, came up and performed stand-up. I swear I was not drunk and he just sounded funnier than usual. His perfect pie crust routine was hysterical and I just never get tired of the bicycle joke (“Well a preacher and a minister are different, but we don’t have time to go into that here”). Basically, like most comedy, you sort of had to be there.
See you all tricked out in two days,