Last night I had the chance to share a short set of songs from my debut CD – Joe Peck: In The City Lights – with the folks at the Friday evening unplugged open mic at Modern Times Coffeehouse located in the Politics & Prose Bookstore in NW DC.

Joined by Hess Muse on the bass, I played 3 songs from the album, including “Arielle’s Song,” “In The City Lights,” and “Change Me” as well as a very new tune, “Faded Glory” that’ll have to go on the next CD.  As always, the crowd at  Modern Times was very receptive and encouraging.  Hess and I had a good time, and it seemed everyone else did, too!

If you have never been to Modern Times on a Friday night, you’re missing one of the area’s outstanding creative communities.  The event begins at 8 p.m. and is hosted by Maureen Nelson who does an amazing job of keeping  things running smoothly while encouraging an open, creative atmosphere.

Last night we had plenty of music – both original songs and covers of popular tunes – from many different genres.  We heard 2 selections by Star FK Radium – a popular instrumental group with violin, guitar and drum.  And we enjoyed a jazzy original tune played by Matt & Bruce on guitar and violin, respectively, which was followed by an instrumental selection by Bruce & Matt on violin and tamboura!  We also heard wonderful poetry – some of it original also (one based on the story of Caligula and another about a young girl’s best friend).  There was even a Japanese short poem or “tanka” read in Japanese and it’s English translation.

If you didn’t make it out last night, you missed out!  But maybe you can make it soon to enjoy the coffee, tea, food, company, cameraderie and creativity.

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