Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Berkshire Big Band's gave a good show Sunday

Under the arbor on a GORGEOUS Sunday afternoon out on the Brookfield Library lawn - There were foot-tapping big band tunes - great solos in a spectacular jazzy way wow!!! Berkshire Big Band really is just the bee's knees. HA! Fabulous.  Lots of silly talk for fun by the band leader and a wonderful vocalist too. I'm glad i went. Pure joy. And the library scooped ice cream to everyone before it started to make it a really "summer" social.  I missed that part though but it's just as well.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Open Mic Host Chris Ellis has NEW Venue at RIVER BISTRO

Chris Ellis who hosted the fabulously popular Open Mic at 59 Bank Street - has moved his operation to THURSDAY nights at the River Bistro (next to Boardman Bridge on Route 7 a couple miles north of Big Y) in New Milford.

He's teamed up with a co-host Al Burgasser and the whole thing runs very smoothly, from 7-11pm. It started June 5th, and is acquiring a broad following of talented, skilled musicians and even a few poets! Prepare to tap your feet and smile!!! If you are a player come out and be heard. It's a supportive listening musical community that makes you feel welcome. It's a great place to try out your new songs.

 At the Bistro, you can get a drink or a great meal or both. Personally I like a small salad with their home-brewed coffee. (The Oreo Cookie Pie looks pretty appealing though!)

*** Feel free to "like" the event's  Facebook page  if you are a FBKer.  Or just visit the brand new website Chris is building at http://www.thursdayopenmic.com/  ***

The view of the river from the River Bistro parking lot. NICE!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

i'm on an Open Mic binge

Things changed a bit at home and I am on a binge of getting out hearing live music and open mic singing! Yay! Before this I was on a binge of staying home and watching reruns. The change was brought about because my caree's meds were rescheduled while she was briefly in a rehab facility recently. She is doing well on the new regime! Partly I am spurred by the thought that things could change again at any time and I should get up and get out while I can...Also in the extremes of cold and heat I am less inclined to venure out. So while conditions and weather are favorable - I have been checking out various open mics -

  • the Tuesday Open Mic at the Hideaway Kitchen Bar in Ridgefield hosted by Fred Ball, 
  • the brand new Thursday Open Mic at River Bistro hosted by Chris Ellis (former of Tuesday Open Mic at 59 Bank), 
  • the open mic at the new Town Crier in Beacon NY hosted by Don Lowe, and the 
  • Wednesday Night open mic at the All-American Valley General Store (not sure of the hosts name) in Seymour.
People have been so kind! Great audiences and some fantastic music.

I've also heard recent and wonderful performances by Don Lowe at the "Grovin' in New Fairfield" series,

Shannon McMahn at Kolekolo World Coffee in Middletown,

 Two Dollar Hat at Vivo in Danbury,
and of course the wonderous Pears at Fast Eddies in New Milford. No photo for that. Sorry.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Poet Guss Stepp

I've been thinking about Poet Guss Stepp who died in 2007. I always have wondered how his name came to be spelled that way, but I guess I am never going to know that now. I didn't know him well but admired his work. He always had a great smile and something engaging to read at his featured readings and at open mics. He sent poems to me when I was editor of Bent Pin Quarterly and subsequently died before he could see his work online in Bent Pin. Today I thought I would collect and offer some links.

Guss Stepp on Wednesday Night Poetry's archive:

Guss Stepp passing noted on Stamford Writes:

Guss Stepp's work in Bent Pin Quarterly:
        1)  Existance
        2) The Blues is
        3) Looking For Vincient
        4) The Ghosts Of Halloween