28 February 2006

Where was I?

Last night we went to Eddie's Attic to see what's what at their Monday night open mic. I play there in two weeks. Although I had played there before manymany years ago, I had forgotten what a comfortable space it is. Eddie manages the process very well and keeps everyone moving at a good clip. (More importantly, he didn't try to grab half the evening for himself.) The process of early signup and cash prize at the end gives everyone a fair time slot and keeps the musicians in the audience till the end.

There seemed to me to be less variety than at the Red Light Cafe, but Lisa thought there were more accomplished musicians. I'm not so sure--people need to learn how to tune their guitars--but some were pretty entertaining all the same and there were many out-of-towners (and a couple out-of-staters). Because of the final prize, I think the smart players knew to sign up later in the evening as more and more musicians filed in--thus increasing the audience of musicians' friends. I, on the other hand, was so happy to get a chance to play before 11 that I signed up for the 7:30 slot. Sucker.

Afterwards was DaVinci's (of course) where I met a fellow Treo owner who was also a fellow programmer and--get this--owns a record company. He was visibly unimpressed by my rock opera about space aliens and Aztecs and diabolical plots, giving me the "how nice for you" sideways nod, but we still had a good talk and he'll be an entertaining character to know at DaVinci's.

Oh, and IIRC, DaVinci's bartender is going to be in a play at 7 Stages based on Barbara Ehrenright's book Nickel and Dimed. What a crazy world.

[ posted by sstrader on 28 February 2006 at 10:55:19 PM in Where was I? ]