Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Open Mic with a Stack of Pancakes

Studio 12 opens the stage tomorrow at 8:00 as we enjoy the first Open Mic of the Summer.

Last week Montclair's Finest joined us for a while and registered a very gentle noise complaint... looks like I'll have to break down & run the AC with the windows closed. The fellas hung around and enjoyed a killer Elmore James number performed by Michael R, Ed C, Brett V, Roy, Tim & Pancakes.

Speaking of Pancakes, James O'Malley aka Pancakes (pictured) shows up to play on a regular basis, typically meandering in around 10. This guy can play and play he does. Sometimes Pancakes takes a set, sometimes he's content to be one of the pit musicians. I can honestly say that I can't remember ever hearing a more accomplished guitarist, period. His homemade guitar is part cigar box, part jackhammer & part stiletto. Ya really gotta see it (& hear Pancakes).

I'm feeling pasta (both bolognese & pomodoro) and who knows what else on the menu.

This week's birthdays include Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood & Cindy Lauper.

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