Last night I decided to venture into DC for an open mic. I was surprised, actually, to find an open mic on a Friday night. And that was the big draw for me. To be able to play and sing in an open mic setting on a Friday evening.
It’s called an open mic, but it’s actually a completely unplugged event that takes place in the Modern Times Coffeehouse on the lower level of the bookstore called Politics & Prose. So, no mics and no amps. Just the honest sound of instruments and voices. I really enjoyed the evening. We had just enough folks there to make it a lively and interesting mix, but few enough that we all got to perform three songs. AND there was a spotlight performer as well (sans spotlight) – Alex Parez – who did a full 30 minutes of his tunes and had CD’s there for sale.
As I was one of the later performers – going up right after Alex Parez – I got myself a nice big pot of tea and settled in to listen to the crew. We even had a spoken word performer which was a nice addition. My songs seemed to be well received despite the fact that my guitar went out of tune a bit for my last song. It was my darned B string.