Hello to our faithful friends,
Here we go again; it seems that every time we find a venue that we come to love, the specter of the poor economy raises its ugly head. We just received word that on July 23 will be closing their doors. Mark Baker, the owner, has told us he is exploring other possibilities for an eventual re-opening; in the meantime, we find ourselves homeless for the umpteenth time.
As usual, we will be looking for a venue that is large enough to accommodate us, freeway accessible, with plenty of parking, well priced food and—oh yeah—a healthy financial backing. Stay tuned. Your suggestions are appreciated.
Dear Lord, I don’t think it’s too much to ask—we really are good people, and our intentions are honorable.
Yes, ; drop on by!
As to last week’s open mic; unlike the previous week, we had a nice crowd and a full slate of performers. That’s just the way we like it—it was a special evening with a strong feeling of camaraderie.
6:30 – Wood ‘n’ Lips – As the hosts of the open mic, with Greg Gross emceeing, Wood ‘n’ Lips started out the evening. We did Randy Sparks’ “Today”; The Kingston Trio’s “Sloop John B.”; Jimmy Davis’s “You Are My Sunshine”; and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”. Several places in the US were planning celebrations of Woody’s 100th Birthday on July 14th.
6:45 – John Cheney – Choosing to play his keyboard, John gave us “Mountain Dew”; his own “Hard Times”; Alvin P. Carter’s “The Wabash Cannonball”; and finally, his own tune, “The Hassle”.
7:00 – Cliff Niman – Cliff treated us to Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind”; and some originals, “The Paradise Bar and Grill”, “Everything That Glitters is Not Gold”; and “Dolphins in the Sea”. As Greg said when Cliff was leaving the stage, “He’s a true troubadour”—I think we can all agree on that.
7:15 – Joe Cabaniss – Joe acknowledged Woody Guthrie’s upcoming birthday and played his “Deportee”; followed by two Townes Van Zandt tunes, “To Live is to Fly”, and “I’ll Be Here in the Morning”.
7:30 – Bobby Arms – Bobby is involved with the Outboard Boating Club and puts concerts and BBQs on at the Boat Club. Les Armstrong and a few friends are slated to play there on the 28th of this month, and Bobby used most of his time to promote that event. With Greg Gross joining him on bass, he played the blues classic, “Before You Accuse Me”, a tune covered by several people from Bo Diddly and CCR to Eric Clapton.
7:45 – Bob Cool – Bob plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar; this week he wielded his guitar for “Lonesome Pine”; he then did his own “Blephartis Melbomian Blues” (about his chronic eye condition); Don Williams’ “Falling In Love”; “Ghost Chickens in The Sky”; and The Kingston Trio’s “One More Town”.
8:00 – Tom Barbarie and Les Armstrong – After stumbling while stepping onto the stage, Tom did “White Lightening” (it seemed appropriate); Jim Reeves’ “Missing Angel”; Johnny Cash’s “I Got Stripes”; and “Folsom Prison Blues”.
8:15 – Bob Arsenault with Bob Cool, Tom Barbarie, and Greg Gross – Bluegrass was on the menu and these guys served it up with Flatt & Scruggs’ “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”; Bill Monroe’s “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”; “Bile Them Cabbage Down”; “The Old Home Place”; and Rose Scibelli joined them for Ken Orik’s “November Rain”.
8:30 – Les, Alton & Ray – Our “in-house” cowboy band dealt us another great set with Lynn Anderson’s “Our House is Not a Home”; Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville”; Brooks and Dun’s “I’m Working on My Next Broken Heart”; and Charlie Pride’s “Kiss an Angel Good Morning”.
8:45 – Brittany Litchfield – Brittany returned for her second open mic—she plays her own tunes; the first this evening was “In Your Arms”; then “The Old and the New” (about friendships); and “I Can’t Come Home” (about her mother).
9:00 – Bob Setzer– Bob recounted for the audience his first Wood ‘n’ Lips open mic at the Borders Bookstore in El Cajon—ages ago it seems, or was it just yesterday? This week he played “The Wreck of the Old Ninety-Seven”; Simon & Garfunkle’s “Richard Cory”; his own “Dreaming of You”; and The Church’s “Under the Milky Way”.
9:15 – Rose Scibelli – Rose had the privilege of being our closing act; it had been a great evening. She treated us to Richard Thompson’s “The Dimming of the Day”; and Tom Russell’s “Walkin’ On the Moon”; then Greg Gross joined her for a Woody Guthrie tribute song, Goebel Reeves’ “Hobo’s Lullaby”.
Be sure to drop on by and see us; we really appreciate seeing you. Be of good cheer, God bless, and keep in touch.
Tim Woods, Greg Gross, and the Wood ‘n’ Lips open mic crew