Wood 'n' Lips Open Mic Newsletter: Jamming With Gateway West Community Day School

Once a week local musicians of all ages meet in Santee to play music and enjoy the night.

Stop by the Wood ‘n’ Lips Open Mic at Frubble every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.


We had an early crowd because the Gateway West Community Day School’s guitar students’ families were there to hear their teenagers perform. Other than that, we had an unusually small group, with a couple of open time slots left unfilled.

6:20 – The Gateway West Guitar Class – Under the tutelage of Diogo Andrade, the group did Staind’s “So Far Away”; Sublime’s “Rivers of Babylon”; Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up”; and Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, with each student taking a turn on the electric guitar playing a lead break. The students were Anthony Cross, Trevor Johnston, Josue Ramirez, Gabriel Vickers, Randy Drake, and Hunter Phillips.  There have been several classes from the school that have performed for us; this group was the best by far—their timing was impeccable and their lead playing was very well done.

6:50 – Gregory Gross – Greg started the balance of the evening with a short set of Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man”; and Patti Page’s “Tennessee Waltz”, nicely segueing into Ken Graydon’s “Three-Quarter Time”.

7:05 – Les, Ray, & Alton – The cowboys did Buck Owens’ “Tiger by the Tail” with Alton leading the vocal; Les took the next one, Marty Stuart’s “This One is Going to Hurt You (For a Long Time)”; Ray did Freddy Fender’s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”; Alton gave us Ronnie Milsap’s “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me?” (plugging one nostril for an authentic nasal sound); and they finished with an instrumental, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”.

7:15 – John Movius with Greg Gross – John played his electric guitar for Duane Eddy’s “Forty Miles of Bad Road”; The Venturer’s “Beyond the Reef”; The Shadows’ “Apache”; and The Beatles’ “All My Love”.

7:30 – Tim Woods – It was our thirty-eighth anniversary, so I played a few tunes for my wife, starting with a couple of my own compositions, “Two-Week Party Animal”, “Looking at My Life”, and “Dear Friends”; I finished with our favorite Neal and Leandra’s “Old Love”.

7:45 – Farrie Ann Nichols – Farrie Ann said her first tune used to be her theme song, Louis Jordan’s “Choo-Choo Ch-Boogie”; then she did Ann Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of Life?”; Arthur Godfrey’s “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia”; John Denver’s “Country Roads”; and Ricky Nelson’s “No Vacancy”.

8:00 – Bob Setzer – Bob was our only Bob on this evening (we heard Bob Cool was back in the hospital with Pneumonia); he decided to do a tune he thought of last week, Don Was’ “How the Heart Behaves”; his own tune, “Should”; Rick Felan’s “River Jordan”; and Joe Mavis’ “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music”.

8:25 – Tom Barbarie – Tom enlisted John Movius and Les Armstrong (on harmonica) to back him on his set of Grandpa Jones’ “Eight More Miles to Louisville”; Bobby Bare’s “The Streets of Baltimore”; Johnny Cash’s “ I Still Miss Someone”, and “Folsom Prison Blues”; Buck Owens’ “Take Care of Me In Kansas City”; and a third Cash tune, “Cry, Cry, Cry”.

8:50 – Jesse Eisenbarth – Jesse hasn’t had an opportunity to play for us in a while; this week he was able to take a break from his barista duties and played some of his originals, including “Things You Say”, “Monoply”, and “Feel the Flames”; then The Script’s “For the First Time”; and A Day to Remember’s “It’s Complicated”.

9:05 – Bob Setzer –Bob returned to the stage to do a couple of more tunes; The Carpenters’ “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”; and Simon and Garfunkle’s “Richard Cory”.

9:15 – Gregory Gross – Greg wrapped up the evening with The Doobie Brothers’ “Toulouse Street”; Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville”, and “Come Monday”; and John McCutcheon’s “Calling All the Children Home”.

Be sure to drop on by and see us soon; we’re nothing without you.

Be of good cheer, God bless, and see you next week.


Tim Woods, Greg Gross, and the Wood ‘n’ Lips open mic crew


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