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Our was a full house. Mark Baker, the owner, is exploring possibilities for what he calls Frubble 2.0; in the meantime, .
We will find a new venue, but in the meantime there are other open mics to check out; last week I went to the Rancho San Diego Starbucks where Tim, Paul and Teri are the hosts. Several of our people were there, so I’ll probably go there again this week.
If need be, we will have a couple of open mics on the back patio at our house, just to keep in touch—I will keep you posted.
Mark had found the “grand opening” banner from when he originally opened Frubble, and in a moment of nostalgia, hung it up over the stage—don’t let this confuse you when you see it in the pictures. Maybe he will be able to use it real soon again.
Bill Lodin was on hand to let people know that they could have their pictures off the wall for a paltry $25—matted and framed—it was the deal of the century and several people took him up on his offer. The walls were bare by the time the evening was over. Bill did a spectacular job of capturing our performers—what a talent! Bill made a gift of his pictures to Bob Cool, to whom he had dedicated the exhibition. He is a true gentleman.
On to the last open mic at Frubble in Santee:
6:30 – Wood ‘n’ Lips –We did Peter, Paul, & Mary’s “Lemon Tree”; “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?”; Greg Scott’s “Work For the County”; and The Son’s of The Pioneers’ “Cool Water”.
6:45 – Ray, Les, & Alton – The cowboys did Mel Tillis’s “Give Me One More Time”; Conway Twitty’s “The Image of Me”; Waylon Jennings’ “Good Hearted Woman”; George Strait’s “I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name”; and Buck Owens’ “I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall in Love Today”.
7:00 – John Movius with James Brown – They started with Hank Marvin and the Shadows’ “Sleepwalk”; Ricky Nelson’s “Hello Mary Lou”; Van Morrison’s “Here Comes the Night”; and finished with a snippet of “Honky Tonk”.
7:15 – Gregory Martin Campbell – Greg had John stick around to play a little backing on The Zombies’ “Spooky”; then he did Pat Boone’s “Love Letters in the Sand”; a medley of Ruby and the Romantics’ “Our Day Will Come” (Bob Hillard and Mort Garson”) and Brenda Lee’s “Fools Rush In”; and Tommy Dorsey’s “The Music Goes Around”.
7:30 – Farrie Ann Nichols – Farrie Ann played the classic “Frankie and Johnny” (it brought A Cappella Dave to my mind); Nat King Cole’s “Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes”; “Kansas City” (written by Wilbert Harrison and covered by Fats Domino & others); Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya”; and John Denver’s “Country Roads”.
7:45 – Joe Cabannis – Joe played Townes Van Zandt’s “Snowin’ on Raton”; and Bob Dylan’s “Mama, You Been On My Mind”. It’s good to have Joe back in the fold; now we just have to get the fold back.
8:00 – Ed Suhay & Ron Tomczak – This was their first performance for us; Ron’s the songwriter of the duo (sometimes trio), and they did his tunes, “I’ve Had It!”; “Road to Heaven”; and “Headed Home”. As I expected, they sounded great. Ed was one of the guitarists (along with Tom Boyer) at my church when I started playing there fourteen years ago; so we’ve known each other for a while. He’s been threatening to come to the open mic for a long time and this was the week that was.
8:15 – Rose Scibelli with Tom Barbarie & Les Armstrong – The impromptu combo gave us George Jones and Bella Montgomery’s “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds”; then Rose did a solo, Tom Russell’s “Walking on the Moon”’; Steve Wyrill joined her for Lady Antebellum’ s “I Run to You” .
8:30 – Bob Setzer – Bob treated us to Simon & Garfunkle’s “Richard Cory”; he reprised his version of John Denver’s “Country Roads”; and finished with his own “Dreamin’ of You”.
8:45 – Bob Cool, Bob Arsenault, Tom Barbarie, Bob Setzer, & John Movius – The guys crowded onto the stage and did a rousing set of “Bile Them Cabbage Down”; “My Blue Ridge Mountain Home”; “The Old Home Place”; and “Up Jumped the Devil”; and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”.
9:00 – Tom Townes – This was Tom’s first appearance at the Wood ‘n’ Lips Open Mic; in his youth he sailed the waters around Nova Scotia and the first song he played was one he wrote about those stormy seas, “A Hundred Miles an Hour”; his next original tune was about living in East County, “I’m Gonna Love You Anyway”; then he did Lucinda Williams’ “I’ll Get Over You Over Time”; and Willie Nelson’s “Angels Flying Too Close to the Ground”.
9:15 – Steve Wyrill – Steve had the honor of playing the last set at Frubble; he gave us Paul Thorn’s “Love Scar”, and “You’re Not the Only One”; and closed with Waylon Jennings’ “Lukenbach, Texas”.
For the finale Greg Gross did an emotional a cappella version of “Closing the Bookstore Down;” then Nita joined him and me on the stage and we all sang "Happy Trails."
Stay tuned; I will keep you posted; God bless and keep playing your music.
Tim Woods, Greg Gross, and the Wood ‘n’ Lips open mic crew
Photos by Greg Gross, Bob Setzer, & Tim Woods