Open Mic Spotlight

Music review and promotion in central Indiana and surrounding areas since 2013
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We say it often, but it really is a pleasure to get to attend open mic events.  There’s always a reward, and we’re always glad we went.  And although the weather should’ve brought out musicians in droves this past Tuesday, the sparse showing provided a more than ample music listening experience.

On this particular evening we were able to enjoy great (and somewhat unexpected) camaraderie with a few faithful attendees, as well as good drafts and cheap but tasty pizza.  Those menu items may not sound like they would affect your listening experience, but I’ll let you be the judge of that - ;)

Shout out to Patrick Barry Brown, we’ll be hearing more of him and his band Three Cities soon.

There were several musicians that we hadn’t previously had the pleasure of hearing play before.  These are just a few of those artists that were in attendance.*


Josh Mckenney
Folk/Bluegrass Acoustic Guitar
https://www.reverbnation.com/JoshMckenney


We heard some rowdier versions of a few from Josh’s recently released CD.  I’ll have to stick with my pick of his song Won’t You Stay as the most memorable hook I’ve heard in a while at open mic.

If you didn’t catch him at the Java Roaster...watch for future events.

Check out his original songs at:
https://www.reverbnation.com/JoshMckenney


Levi Hession
Folk/Soft Rock/Acoustic Guitar
https://www.facebook.com/levi.hession?fref=ts
Vocals/Guitar for the band Down Low Kickers
https://www.facebook.com/downlowkickers/info/?tab=page_info

With a pleasant intro and frequent polite interludes, Levi played several tunes.  His voice has a fresh soothe we’ve grown to expect from the smaller pub venue.  Too much sound would likely have taken from his summer-esque vocals.  I especially enjoyed his (seemingly impromptu) version of I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.

We’re looking forward to hearing that soulfully tempoed combination yet again when Levi plays with DLK.



David Crawford
Rock/Acoustic Guitar
https://www.facebook.com/davidcrawford123?fref=ts

We loved hearing David play! I stopped taking notes and got lost in solid guitar play.  He joined Jason Wells and Michael Hall on a couple.

Here’s some of what you missed. https://www.facebook.com/ricker.rocker.9/videos/vb.100006745320350/1757955451105949/?type=2&theater



MIchael James Hall
Various/Acoustic Guitar
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001749424319&fref=ts

I got a sincere vibe from Michael Hall when he began to play, as if it meant a lot to him that he was playing and singing.  There was a quick-step chord walk during one song that I especially dug, but I was so intent that I now can’t remember the tune - :)

Michael’s vocals left us feeling as though we should be a on a beach somewhere.



Open mics are held in Lafayette nearly every week at one of these three venues:

Professor Joe’s
https://www.facebook.com/Professor-Joes-Sports-Pub-Pizzeria-511722298901986/?fref=ts

Lafayette Theater & Events Center
https://www.facebook.com/lafatheater/?fref=ts

Mom's Place Tavern
https://www.facebook.com/Moms-Place-Tavern-224447647682557/?fref=ts

Favorite quote of the night:
I talk really loud!

Second favorite:
I’ve been busy!

RickerRocker would like to thank:

Jason Wells
http://jasonwellsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jasonwellsmusic/?fref=ts

Professor Joe’s
http://www.professorjoes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Professor-Joes-Sports-Pub-Pizzeria-511722298901986/?fref=ts


Thanks for reading Lafayette and hey...slow down, and listen to some music - :)

~Rick


*As always, please contact me if you see your name here and you have anything to add or

change; or if you see something that can be corrected for another performer.  Please contact rick@rickerrocker.com for change submissions.