Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Open Mic Night
(Photo Stagecoach BBQ)
OK I know this is what you have been waiting for. I have thought hard and long about this because I know there will be people who do not agree with me. I can not please everyone. All I ask that you give it a try and to have an open mind. We can make the new place our own just like we did the Stagecoach. It is up to us. I did not want to increase travel to much for anyone if I could help it. We have people from Delaware to Cincinnati that is why I did not consider Columbus. It is a good extra drive from South Bloomfield if you are coming from south of there.
I will Be contacting the owner of Cadillac Jack's at Grove City to confirm we will be starting a new Open Mic there on Thursday 1 November at 7 PM.
1849 Stringtown Rd Grove City, OH 43123 (614) 875-7244
The quest was to find a place as good as the Stagecoach. Not Possible and we have to accept that. There were a number of places under consideration including The Harvest Moon Cafe who in the end came very close. They close at 9 PM the same as the Stagecoach, but not as flexible. This means if we increase the numbers, or just have a good night we will have to refuse performers, something I do not like to do. There is no alcohol, but there is food. Canal Winchester is easy to get to, but the Harvest Moon is not straight forward, plus parking seemed limited.
The good points about Cadillac Jack's are.
Access so simple it is a joke. When you come off I71 at Grove City going south if you do not turn left or right and go through the fence you will end up going through the front door. It is also easy to get to from I71 north and off 104 or 62. We should pull more performers in.
Big stage with loads of room.
We can start at 7 PM and end when we like, or when the last performer has played. This means we can increase our numbers and we may well do so with such easy access from the surrounding area.
The owner is keen for us to go there. He will advertise locally and on the radio. We need posters, but I will see to that. I said he needs to advertise it as an Acoustic Open Mic. Bob and Ralph get special treatment.
It is next door to a hotel and hotel clients call in looking for something to do for the evening.
The owner has a PA system, but it is not used, so we will use mine until Dave Rainey and myself work out what he has got.
The major problem with Cadillac Jack's is no food. You can order in and there is a Waffle House next door a Tee Jay's opposite and other places withing walking distance. You can always have a Domino's etc delivered.
It is a typical bar so, do not expect the Stagecoach when you walk in. Yes there may be people playing Pool, but they will not interfere with us. It is a friendly place and the owner likes it that way.
We have to make the night and do well enough to have people want to listen.
I ask your support and to give it a try.
I will remind you next week. Please leave your comments on the blog. See below.
Posted by John Locke at 5:42 AM