It was another wonderful FIRST FRIDAY OPEN MIC at the Java Good Day Cafe in East Greenville, PA on Dec 5th! Our performers and audience braved a cold rain to warm up the Java Good! Thanks again to Ann Campbell and her staff for a great space, cool menu, and support!
(Clockwise from the upper left ...) I opened the night with a brisk new original instrumental "The Winter Chase". I followed with John Gorka's subtle and profound "What Was That" (sung here live by John). John has some roots here in the area, and his music career blossomed from Bethlehem, PA. What a songwriter! I closed with with a jazzy holiday song, "Christmas Time is Here", a Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi tune ... and, yes, it's from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'!
Chris T. was back again and he wowed as usual. He delivered some great originals and some driving guitar work. Powerful stuff. It was good to hear some of Chris' originals. Chris also hosts the monthly open mic on the second Tuesday of the month at the Casa Toro Grill in Coopersburg, PA.
Bob Grover up next and he is just such a good performer. He played two original songs, including a very moving song about no miracles left on 34th Street tonight. He also did a great version of Chris Smither's "No Love Today". Bob is also host of the Open Mic at Listen LIve Music! in Macungie, PA, on the second Saturday of the month.
John Connelly was up next on uke. His original songs and improvs are great. He has a nice way of phrasing, and creating loops and spacing in his songs. Very creative always.
Alyssa Dodge was up next. She is a young performer who's starting out. She was confident and sounded very good on guitar and vocals. She shared Cindy Lauper's "True Colors" and a One Direction song. It's awesome to see young performers at our Open Mics.
Two members of the band Eunoia (yes, the term from our friend Aristotle!), James McMaster and Logan Freund, were up up next. The duo played originals with great guitar work and harmonies, including a nice tune about Empathy. A great sound and good guitar skills, including simulated bass work by Logan!
The night closed with two young performers who traveled up from Phillly, Tarik & Otis. They went big with the sound, playing live guitar, piano and vocals over recorded rhythm tracks. Tarik can really play the guitar, and confidently tackled Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing" and "Hey Joe", including some nice shredding and some deep blues sounds.
Thanks to all for a good evening of music!
About the Open Mic Host
Tom Cooney is a talented singer-songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and music instructor from Southeast Pennsylvania, USA. He performs original and cover music in roots genres, including Folk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, and Gospel. He teaches guitar, and music theory and composition. He performs in public, private party, and worship and social justice / environmental settings.