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.
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
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.