Hello readers! It’s been a while since I’ve ventured out, either locally or interweb-like and there’s been a bit that has happened. Here is that bit in a nutshell…
I have a gig coming up in St Kilda at the Dog’s Bar. I’m on stage from 9pm but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of fantastic talent for those who decide to rock up early and grab a bite to eat. The menu looks affordable so I’ll be running with that option myself. This reminds me…I should prolly put together a set list for the night…
I recently had the chance to visit San Francisco. It was a whirlwind visit, but I was able to take my trusty Traveller Guitar, planning to play an Open Mic while I was there. I found a night at a venue only a couple of blocks away from where I was staying and went to check it out. Hotel Utah. A friendly place bursting at the seems with talent. There are so many artists looking to play and time was limited. You get 6 mins or 1 song…what ever comes first! Write your name on a bit of paper when you get there and put it in the beer jug (or pitcher) and the order of the night is determined by what name gets pulled out and when. I think I got drawn out at number 500 or something silly like that so I sat back and enjoyed the company of fellow musicians and those who were out just to see a bit of music. Some couldn’t stay to play as it was getting late, but it was great to meet you anyway Susanne and the others that shared our little table in the corner.
The depth of talent was nothing short of amazing, including those on the fringe like Dr Dreame, who created a soundscape with nothing but a microphone and some looping and effects pedals and then proceeded to begin storytelling…
And there was also Mike Fleming who was pretty good at drinking beer.
And then there was Lachlan Cross who beat me to the whole ‘not from around here’ angle when he played early on in the night. I’m told that there’s an Australian in every pub in the world.
In the end, it got too late for me. After travelling 13000kms and being up for 50 hours with little sleep, I lost the ability to put more than three words together…performing was no longer on the radar. I just needed to get back to the hotel room and sleep.
So next month, I’m headed to New York City on business. I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends and family, some of whom I haven’t met yet. I’m also looking forward to checking out NY’s open mic scene. I hear it is awesome, but it’ll have to be to top what I experienced in ‘Cisco!
Don’t forget to pop down to the Dog’s Bar in St Kilda, 56 Acland Street, St.Kilda on September 2nd to see me perform from 9pm. The more the merrier! See you there!