136 - OPA!
Ana & Josh at OPA! Another Tuesday, another awesome open mic at OPA! Ana and Josh did some tunes they’d been working on together. The list was short enough we got to do four songs. Ana sang some secret harmonies with me from the audience, and there were good listeners tuned in, which is always nice. The only bummer was since I was on a routine to get to bed early during recording...
135 - Red Shed
Photo by Amy Zamarripa I really wasn’t supposed to go out on Wednesday night. I was recording basics on Thursday - getting the bass and drum tracks down, the foundation for the rest of my recording, my first day in the studio, what I’d been working towards the whole year! That afternoon, I finished my prep session with Dan where we played through some songs, made corrections to...
134 - OPA!
Jannie Funster & the beer she bought me (thanks Jannie!!). We both have blue TUNEers. HAAAAA! When Jannie asked me if I was going out to any open mics this week I told her that Tuesday would be the night, because I thought I should probably stay in and rest on Wednesday before I started my recording on Thursday! (squeeee!). So we decided to go to OPA. It was a pretty quiet evening, I...
133 - Fair Bean - Unofficial SXSW Showcase
Photo by Amy Zamarripa Saturday was fun. In the morning I took the bus downtown to check out the MPress Records party at the SoHo lounge, which really deserves a post to itself! I got to stay for the first few acts and then hopped on the bus to get to Fair Bean in time to see The Lovely Brigade’s set. Things were running a little late but Amy said I could go ahead and do my full set,...
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132 - Fair Bean
Photo by Amy Zamarripa It was a pretty mellow and sweet night at Fair Bean, so we got to play two rounds. It was also a good thing because Amy had a gig at Flipnotics later that night, so I think she was able to take it easier before that show! I headed straight to Flips after Fair Bean and caught Rod Picott doing a set. I hadn’t heard of him, but I HAD heard one of his songs that he...
131 - Backroads
This is one of my open mic friends, Buddy. He’s really tall! He had me come up and sing an Eagle’s song with him for his set and I couldn’t reaaaaally reach the mic, and I’m not sure that I actually harmonized, it was more like unison up an octave, but that’s ok, it was still fun! He works at a food truck downtown and they were already prepping like crazy for...
130 - Freddie's Place
Photo by Frank Hipchen Believe it or not, it’s definitely possible to do 129 open mics in Austin in less than a year, and not hit all of them for one reason or another! Wednesday night was 130th open mic and my first time at Freddie’s Place. I think it was their 2nd week of the season. Warm as Austin is, for a few months in the winter, most of the outdoor open mics either move...
129 - Waterloo Icehouse 38th
Ana B at Waterloo Icehouse on 38th So after the OPA! open mic, Ana B & I decided to head up North to Julie Nolen’s late night Tuesday open mic up at Waterloo Icehouse on 38th. It’s relatively new but going really well, so we got there at maybe 10:15 (after a bit of a detour because I forgot which way it was!) and the list was already pretty full. We decided to order some food...
128 - OPA!
Greek Knick Knacks at OPA! I headed down to OPA! early on Tuesday so I could do a bit of the coffee-shop-office thing beforehand and actually got on such a roll that I was sorta late to sign up on the list! It was a sweet night though, there were several gals there from the Girl Guitar group and Ana fit them in between the regular sign-ups so they could get a chance to practice for their big...
127 - Baker Street Pub
I had a rehearsal with my Rubicon group late on Sunday afternoon, so I already had my guitar with me, but I also had a homework assignment due that night. I decided to stop by Baker Street, sign up, and run home for my laptop. I usually like to pay attention to the other performers, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! The timing all worked out pretty well. Coming from rehearsal and...
126 - Bouldin Creek Food Park
Photo by Nancy Hellton Friday was really fun. It was the first time that I played for a whole hour, and I only did one cover! MT and Nancy Hellton host the open mic on Wednesday nights at Kick Butt Coffee and they started having songwriters perform at Bouldin Creek Food Park last year before it got too cold, and just started up again for March. And yes, that is me playing outdoors in a tank...
125 - Flipnotics
I hadn’t been to Flipnotics in a while! I guess there kept being shows and stuff on Thursday nights that kept me from it. It was definitely an intense sign-up, the energy is always palpable and ramps up between about 7:35 and 7:45 when Lisa actually puts out the sheet. She was just a couple minutes late that night though, so the energy was even more anxious! I didn’t have much of a...
123 - Kick Butt Coffee & 124 - Waterloo Ice House
Photo by Nancy Hellton Wednesday I dropped my roommate Jana off for a tour and she said I could borrow her car while she was gone, so I decided to go to two open mics I don’t usually get to all that often. Kick Butt Coffee is pretty far North, and Waterloo Ice House in Southpark Meadows is pretty far South, as well as pretty late - from 10pm-2am! But with a car, it’s very do-able...