Open Mic Featuring Ewan Dobson

Okay here we go – another blog.  The same disclaimer applies – if you could care less what I think stop here.

Just have to say a few words about our Open Mic show last night at Maynard’s Café – it was terrific.  Ewan Dobson, the nternationally acclaimed guitarist from Canada performed an extended set and was our featured performer.  Ewan performed last week and graciously agreed to return last night.  Once again he proceeded to blow us all away with his performance.  He is an amazing player who seems to effortlessly glide about the guitar neck, his fingers a blur of activity.  I know, I know that sounds
like a pretty lame description but all I can say is, particularly speaking as a
guitar player – when you watch Ewan Dobson play, you actually can’t believe
what you’re seeing.  He played his 12 string for the first half of the set then switched to a six string – a Fan Fret made by Delaware Luthier Mike Byle.  Ewan starts his USA tour next month followed by a tour in the UK.  If you’ve never seen Ewan perform you can visit him through a link on our Open Minded Mic website or go to youtube and
type in Ewan Dobson.   Trust me – you won’t be disappointed.

Besides Ewan, we had a great lineup of talent on hand last
night.  Joey McGowan, Caesar Vescera, Juni Sabatino, The Vinnys, Maureen Ritzel, Wilson Wong, Marty K, Ella Fowler and Chris Cubler.  These talented singers,
songwriters and musicians filled Maynard’s Café with a sweet vibrant energy
that you just have to experience to understand.  Needless to say we ran overtime but it was okay.

The audience for Open Minded Mic continues to grow.  Every week
I see many familiar faces but also more and more newbies – checking out the
show!  Last night Maynard’s was jammed and from where I was standing it looked like everyone was having a great time.  I’m looking forward to many more!

Alright now this is starting to sound like a commercial and that wasn’t my intent at all so I’ll just sign off for now.


Some Thoughts on Open Mic & Open MInded Mic

This is my first blog.  Dave is so on me to write a blog but my concern is – who cares what I have to say about anything?  Most of the time, I don’t even care what I have to say.  So you know, it is with some reluctance that I write.  With that being said I can move forward – if you agree with me and could care less what I have to say then just stop reading.  If you disagree – continue at your own peril.

We’ve been running our open mic for about 3 months and I have to say that I am humbled and awed by the performers that play and sing their hearts out every week.  Let me give you an example – there is this amazing guy who comes to every open mic we do.  I asked him what his story was and he proceeded to blow me away.  I don’t know how old you are but I’m sure you’ve heard of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joanie Mitchell and other folk artists who hung out and performed in the small clubs in the Village in New York City and literally changed the world with their music.  Well this guy who comes to all our open mics was there!  Back then!  He knew and hung out with many of these artists.  Listening to some of his stories has given me a new insight into the lives of these talented people who have become icons in the music world.

And he didn’t just watch, he performed and he continues – not just at our Open Minded Mic shows but at every open mic he can manage to get to.  And he’s good!  His renditions of some of the tunes by Phil Ochs and others are beautiful.   And his original pieces are melodic well crafted stories that draw you in slowly and touch your soul.  Really.

At Open Minded Mic we have over 40 performers who cycle in and out of our open mic events and they all have a story to tell.  Some are older veterans and some are emerging new talent.  Some are polished highly skilled artists and some are a little rough around the edges.  But as each one of them steps up to the mic they bring an enthusiasm that has to be heard and seen.

Last week a few of us were talking and I commented that what was really compelling to me about our open mic shows was that our audience, which includes our performers when they’re not on stage themselves, present a welcoming vibe and always show their appreciation by their attention and applause.

“When I watch someone up there performing, regardless of their experience or technical ability, I look for what it is about them that is unique and shines through – and I always find it.”  One of our performers said that and I’ll say this about Open Minded Mic – it ain’t no American Idol!