It’s Like a Box of Chocolates – You never know what your’re gonna get!
Remarkable things happen when you give a musician a stage and a microphone. No matter where they come from the desire to share their music is evident.
Ivan, who is an IT Assistant Administrator at the U of O, is always first on the list. He started coming to the open mic several months ago. Music is something he knows. Keeping up with the current music and having a passion to share this with his children, he often goes to concerts from here to Portland. At first he needed to have his music in front of him, choosing songs from “Imagine Dragons” to “Radio Head”. After performing weekly at the open mic, he has improved dramatically and is a joy to watch and listen to.
Ken is a retired consultant, and the bug struck him hard. Moving here from back east, he brings his story with him and shares it in the songs he writes. It is fun to get to know him just a little better through his lyrics. Folk music is what he enjoys playing and it is fun to hear some of the old songs from the 60’s and 70’s.
One of the players with probably the most unique instrument to accompany his singing is Dylan. Being a Research Assistant at the U of O is what he does as his career, but music is definitely his passion. Just over a year ago, he showed up at the open mic with a big double bass (stand up bass). Setting up that big instrument was a challenge and he chose to sing along with the instrument as well. Music was set up on the music stand and often there were starts and stops. Each week became smoother and his confidence level grew. Finally, his musical training that started at age 13 and his practicing has paid off. Choosing music from the 30’s and 40’s, listening is a kick and his performance is stellar.
Another player that moved here not too long ago is Gerry. He showed up with his beautiful Taylor guitar (we found out it was one of many) and showed us some cool jazz arrangements. Guitar has been an on again off again hobby. As his life has changed so has his involvement in his playing. Having been in radio for some time, the volume of music he has in his head is incredible. His skill can bring any song he wishes to play to the guitar.
Nobody ever know who is going to walk through the door. Daniel showed up a couple of weeks ago sharing another life story. He has been a traveling musician and is working on a new CD of his original music. Traveling has taken him from Montana to Nashville, to Seattle and many places in between. Open mics are a perfect forum for him to keep his skills tuned.
Along with Daniel, Phillip showed up. A new resident, he moved here from Nashville. Being a singer/songwriter he shares his music giving us a little peek at his soul. Listening to his beautiful, clear voice it is hard to believe he is letting us hear his music for free.
Norman is a vet that moved up here from Roseburg. He works for the Veteran’s Clinic and has to be at work very early in the morning. This does not keep him from coming to the open mic and singing his favorite “Tom Petty” songs or some “Bob Dylan”. Guitar has been in his life for 50 years, but he has been working much harder on his playing the last 4 years.
Kelly an entrepreneur, Dee a retired nurse, Gary a recording engineer, Lisa an HR director, Melody a vocal coach and musician, Makara a singer/songwriter, Dan a family man, are a few more of the players that entertain the audiences.
One thing is certain, you never know who will walk through the door to share their music. Sometimes fantastic, sometimes new musicians, sometimes wanna be musicians that are just hopeful, but all have a passion for music and a desire to share.
McShane’s has become the new home for the Acoustic Underground Open Mic on Thursdays starting at 7:30pm. What a night out! Good food! Anything you want to drink! Good company! And finally live music!
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