ramblings & reflections . . .

20 April 2009, 9:09 am

at the brickyard

I have a calender I picked up somewhere that lists "wonderful" things to do every day.  Silly things, things you might not normally do or make you see your day differently.  This weekend, it said "write a letter to someone you miss"  That got me thinking. . .

Dear Tacoma -

I miss live music.  I particularly miss open mics.  I used to be able to go out & hear music every night.  Sundays was Coles . . . Mike Coucoules as the host.  Since he worked at Sluggo's he would have the most interesting acts - musicians who had wandered into Sluggo's for guitar strings and get into conversations with him. 

Mondays started at the Swiss with Glenn hosting & then back to Coles.  The Cole's host kept changing - Billy Stoops, Malcolm, Carole, Lew Schmngy, Karl - but the music was always there. . .

Tuesdays. . . Seafarers with Malcolm.  I shot some really bad pool on Tuesdays but heard some really good music.  Then Tuesdays became the Brickyard.  You never knew who would be there. . . or who Captain Ron would coax up on stage with him.

Wednesdays & Thursdays varied. . . how many venues did we try. . . O'Gallaghers, Jekyll & Hydes in Gig Harbor, 3 or 4 places along South Tacoma Way, City Lights, Shipwreck, Dawsons. . . one of my favorite memories was a Thursday.  Halloween night, the last open mic at Jekyll & Hydes. . . Malcolm hosting. . . I was the only audience (and the only female - luckily I was wearing a crown. . . ) in a room full of musicians - mostly harp.  I heard Stormy Monday with six different harmonica solos - the most amazing musical experience. . .

I understand it's expensive to allow live music at a venue.  The taxes make it prohibitive unless you draw some huge crowds.  But I miss spending an evening with my little diet Coke wondering who was the next new act to go on stage. . . heck, I even miss Alex. . .

More acoustic venues, please!

Thanks for listening -

Carol