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I was guest host for Mr. Troll at the Poor David’s Pub (PDP) open mic on Monday, August 28. I started the evening off at 7:30 with my Poor David’s Pub song and a couple of others. A second time newcomer, Michael Williams came next. He played three nice songs, including a bluesy number, despite his insistence that he “still needs to practice.”

The inimitable and cynical Roy Howell

Michael Williams

followed Michael with three songs, including his “mass murderer song” dedicated to John Lennon. Cort Harris, a first time newcomer, preceded the featured artists, Dan and the Decade. He had a nice voice and country/americana style.

Visually, Dan and the Decade look like a culturally diverse Buddy Holly and the Crickets. And these young men can certainly rock and roll. They are definitely in sync with one another. Lead vocalist Dan Friedman and Vivek Koshti both play guitar, with Kyle Lester on bass, and Vinay Kotamarti on drums.

Dan and the Decade

Dan and the Decade brought friends and fans and played a tight half hour set. This was their premier performance and they did quite nicely. A band to watch as they bond more musically. They will only get better. Like them on Facebook and go see them when you can. It will be worth it.

Rob Case, former Houston resident with family still there, played a set which included

Cort Harris

Bayou City. Bayou City is about Houston and why Rob left in the first place. Rob and Lynda’s family are safe, but they may be headed down to help out.

Michael Newkirk began what I called the “extended absence” set. Michael, Jeff Stachowski, and Tin Man Travis returned to PDP open mic after an extended period of time. We were glad to see them. Michael Newkirk is a country crooner of sorts. Jeff has also been a comedian. The humor and cynicism shows in his songs, such as 99 Postcards. Tin Man Travis played Stormy Monday, and Georgia, to end the open mic.

Another good show you didn’t get to see. (More pictures on my Facebook music page.) Support open mics – you won’t regret it.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

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Darren Rozell

Darren Rozell

Last Friday, the 27th of January, was the fourth week of Little Anthony’s Reach for the Stars Talent Review competition at Harbor Point Club and Grill in Richardson. Regular judges, Lonny Schofeld, Pete Cormican, and Dan Roark were in attendance. Tin Man Travis, winner of week three, opened the show. Deano Isaacs, winner of week one, followed.

Contestants for the evening were Barry Healey, Darren Rozell, Jordan “Copperhead Taylor” Bearden, Linda Stone, and Sonya Wade. Fill-in performers were Joey Alcatraz and Tomas Pineda, Jr. with Dan Roark closing the show.

Darren Rozell won and will open the show this Friday. “Copperhead Taylor”came in second, with Sonya Wade coming in third. Darren performed original songs, as did the first place winners of three of the four weeks. After the winners were announced, Tin Man played a couple more songs with Brad Blackwood on harmonica.

The show this week promises to be as good as the previous weeks. Come join us, eat some good food and hear

"Copperhead Taylor"

“Copperhead Taylor”

some great music. The staff is friendly and there are shuffleboard and pool tables.

If you want to compete, call Anthony at 214-660-4799. There might be a couple of spots left.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Peace be with you.

 

Judges, Dan Roark, Pete Cormican, Lonny Schonfeld, Tanya Houston (not pictured, Larry Cooper)

Judges, Dan Roark, Pete Cormican, Lonny Schonfeld, Tanya Houston (not pictured, Larry Cooper)

Last Friday, the 21st, was the third installment of  Little Anthony’s Reach For the Stars Talent Revue Competition at Harbor Point Club and Grill.  Tanya Houston, comedienne from Ft. Worth, and Larry Cooper, guitarist for Chet Atkins, were guest judges in addition to the three regular judges. Little Anthony, of course, was the MC, while Tomas Pineda, Jr. filmed the show for CI-TV. Opening the show was the first place winner from the 2nd week, Genaro Sendejas. He was followed by Deano Isaac, the 1st week’s winner.

Tin Man Travis

Tin Man Travis

Competing for the evening were John Mason, Jordan “Copperhead” Bearden, Tin Man Travis, James Idley, Cindy Lewis, Denise Alcarez, Ferdie Gonzalez, and Charley Younblood. Larry Cooper, Tanya Houston, and Sonya Wade were fill-in performers. Dan Roark closed the show.

John Mason

John Mason

Following Dan’s set, the winners were announced. Third place was John Mason, second place was Jordan Bearden, and first place was Tin Man Travis. Then Tin Man played another song to close out the evening.

Come on out and see the acts perform for week  four of the Reach For the Stars Competition. Tin Man will open the show. There are always interesting acts and a few surprises. Some of the acts are simply singers, some play an instrument and sing, and some, like Sendejas, Travis, and Mason, perform their original songs.

If you would like to perform, call Anthony at 214-660-4799.

Join us this week. The staff at Harbor Point is very friendly, the food is good, and the drinks are reasonably priced. There is also pool and shuffleboard while you listen to the music.

Keep writing the songs that are in your heart.

Jordan Bearden

Jordan Bearden

Peace be with you.

The Enablers

The Enablers

Here I am, playing catch up again. I was guest host of the Poor David’s Pub open mic on Monday, November 28th. Which happened to be sound man, Carlos Sanchez’, birthday celebration. His actual birthday was on Tuesday.

I welcomed everyone and started the show with my three songs. The honorable David Card then came on stage to say Happy Birthday to Carlos in his inimitable fashion. Darren Rozell followed me. Then Mike Newkirk played, followed by 17 year old Cortlynn Blankenbaker . Then the stage was set for the featured artist.

Brad Blackwood, Scott Thornton, and Tin Man Travis

Brad Blackwood, Scott Thornton, and Tin Man Travis

After going through setup, Carlos and the Enablers took the stage. They are looking at other names, because they found out Enablers was being used. The band plays tunes from artists like Eric Clapton, The Band, and many others. And they play them well. It was like a mini Grateful Dead concert. The band rocked the house for about forty-five minutes. If I can get the names of the other members of the band, I will update the info. It’s hard to keep track of all the names that are not on the list when you’re the host.

When the band left the stage, Carlos stayed and invited Samantha Sanders, bar manager, to come down from

Samantha Sanders and Carlos Sanchez

Samantha Sanders and Carlos Sanchez

behind the bar. Samantha explained that her dad used to sing This Old House by Neil Young when she was young. She liked to sing it for him. Then she and Carlos played and sang the song. She sings better than she gives herself credit for.

Tin Man Travis played, then Mark Brandt, who reminds me of Leo Kottke, followed by Scott Thornton, and Robin Willis. Tin Man played with Scott and Robin. Brad Blackwood, a well known harmonica player, accompanied Scott and Tin Man.

Interspersed between these acts, and ending the show, were a number of rappers and hip-hop artists (I’m not sure which each considers as their type of music). The performers included SSG, DJ Whylie, Eyece, Blacc Majicc, and Rich Monii.

Which brought the interesting evening, and Carlos’ birthday party to a close. It was past midnight, so I wished him Happy Birthday for real before I left. Two weeks later, the party continued with Samantha’s birthday celebration. And I said award, right?….

Peace be with you.

 

Jeff Hopson

Jeff Hopson

The Poor David’s Pub open mic on Monday (the 8th if you were napping) began the way most of them do – with Mr. Troll in the “dreaded opening spot” (look for an upcoming post on that). Mike Donahue played a mixture of originals and cover songs on the keyboard. I followed Mike with three of my songs, ending with Chocolate Eclairs and Apple Fritters. Since we started late, the featured artist, Jeff Hopson, followed me.

Jeff Hopson has a strong grip, a twinkle in his eye, and his presence commands a second look. He appears to be a cross between Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, and Hank Williams Jr. And yet – while there are similiarities – he actually doesn’t really look like any of them. He looks like Jeff Hopson and carries it with character. His songwriting talent is on par with any of the songwriters he appears to resemble.

Hopson doesn’t take himself too seriously. Which is clearly evident in Jeff’s Jeff Hopson 3songs. Particularly a song such as If Jesus was a Texan. When he asked if anyone knew who Jack Kerouac was, and nearly everyone raised their hand, Hopson commented that it was the most people at any one show that had responded positively. Then he played his introspective song, Kerouac On the Run.

Jeff’s set also included Novel Sort of Man. Which is the type of country song with some depth and clever word play. No obligatory mention of trains, trucks, or Texas destinations. The only name he dropped was Clark Gable – and he would have appreciated the reference.

You can hear Jeff Hopson and the Heretics on Tuesday nights at the open mic at Tavern on Main Street in Richardson. The music begins at 8 p.m. He is an attentive and appreciative host. And they have good food and drinks as well.

Charlotta Clutter

Charlotta Clutter

John Mason and Brad Eubanks, respectively, followed Jeff Hopson. You can hear John Mason on February 16 at the Dallas Songwriters Association third Tuesday showcase at Sons of Hermann Hall. After Brad Eubanks played, Troll introduced Charlotta Clutter.

Charlotta Clutter is a young woman from New Hampshire. When I met Charlotta, she made me think of beatniks – not the totality of the reality, but simply the sense of non-conformity. Her eyes revealed an innocence belying the things to come. Combined with self-reliance for what is known and acceptance of – and openness to – what is to come. A readiness to turn any new lessons learned into a song and move on to the next lesson. An introverted extrovert. (I’ll wait for you to either look them up, or, more likely, say “I can relate.”)

Charlotta has a casual stage presence that reminded me of women folk singers in the sixties and seventies. An intentional reliance on the song itself to make the point and the confidence that it would. And she’s also funny as hell.                                                                                   Charlotta Clutter 2

“Do you go to the dump here?” Of course everyone laughed. When we say the dump, we mean the furniture store. “Back home we go to the dump once a week to see what everyone is throwing away and socialize.”

I’m not exactly sure what the name of the song is, other than possibly, The Dump. But it tells about a woman going to the dump and discovering that her ex had thrown away their dirty secrets in a clear plastic bag, for everyone to see. Causing humorous reactions.

Charlotta’s other two songs were Playing Second Fiddle to a Fiddle and Alphabet of Regrets. All three songs have interesting word play and twists. You can hear her yourself at the DSA Tuesday Showcase/Open mic mentioned earlier. Dean Harlem, also from New Hampshire, opened his set with a Townes Van Zandt tune. He will be at the open mic as well.

Flight School Nurses, a DJ, took the evening’s music in a whole new direction, with colorful lights. The inimitable Tin Man Travis followed him. Then David Lavinette took the stage. If I’m not mistaken, the evening ended with a jam that included Carlos Sanchez, Tin Man Travis, who knows who all, and Troll on his new conga drums.

Peace be with you.

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