A Late-Winter, Rainy Night On Stockton Boulevard

If it’s the third Thursday of the month and dry weather, the Café Colonial open mic always draws a respectable-sized group of faithful regulars.  Last night was a rainy night, one of those sputtering weather nights during the transition from winter to spring.  There was a smaller group this night but those coming in from the rain to enjoy another Marty Taters-hosted open mic shared a belief that a little rain can never prevent the core of any group of musicians from getting out and hanging out with his or her compatriots in our local music community.

As the open mic participants began arriving, they were joined last night by quite a few of the Café Colonial’s regulars, who had come to see a show next door.  They are a friendly bunch and made a nice audience, and even when some of them went next door to the show, others came over to take their places.  So there was pretty much of a full house all night long, creating a consistently-full audience for the open mic performers to play to.  That was appreciated by all.

A special mention is made of the fact that one of our favorite regular open mic barstool regulars Alex — Tony’s buddy — was back for the first time in several months, after an extended trip to China.  It was good to see him back.  As a lover of all Asian cuisine I was especially envious of the “real Chinese” food that Alex was able to enjoy while in China, and pointed out to him that it was probably something of a culture shock to come back to Café Colonial to enjoy the hamburgers, one of which Alex had served to him as we talked.  He laughed at my observation and told me that he wasn’t going to mind a break from all the rice that one eats in China.  I could only imagine that visitors to the U.S. from China probably say the same about eating French fries over here…

Next big event:  Marty Taters long-anticipated CD Release Show and Songwriter Showcase, on Saturday, March 24, at Old Ironsides.  Doors open at 7 pm.  $10 in advance (see Marty at Kupros on Tuesday or Old Ironsides on Wednesday) or $12 at the door.  Live music, a BBQ dinner included, and “You Front the Band” live karaoke beginning around 9:30 pm.  The perfect entertainment for a Saturday night.  See you there.

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Kurt Michaels

Kurt Michaels [email: kurtmichaelskeys@att.net] is a resident of downtown Sacramento and enjoys spending most Tuesday nights hanging with the regulars at Kupro's open mic music scene, co-hosted by Marty Taters and Lare Crawley.

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