Each open mic host has his or her own unique strengths, and Drew Walker, host of Sactown Union Brewery’s weekly Monday open mic, is highly qualified in that regard. He opens the open mic with an explanation of some simple ground rules, meant to ensure respect both toward and from each performer in the house. [Note to performers: the sign-up list is used by Drew to build that night’s show beginning first with the music performers, followed by a comics’ lineup, with any latecomers allowed to play at the end of show if time allows. And although the performances do not necessarily follow the sign-up order, the result is a nicely-balanced show which has some structure to it. In Drew’s hands, it works well.]
Monday, April 30, seemed to be a good day on which to take the stage for the first time at Sactown Union, and girlfriend Kimberley came out with me. As we drove up, I’d just barely parked my car when long-time open mic friend Kevin G. drove up and told me this was also his first time performing here. And then Kimberley, a relatively new WEAVE volunteer, spotted someone she knew walking through the rollup door: local college student, part-time WEAVE staffer, and open mic vocalist and ukulele player Emily. In reality, though, this wasn’t really much of a surprise given the cozy size of Sacramento’s open mic community. We’ve got a tight and supportive Sacramento region open mic group , one that creates a good feel, especially when you run into open mic friends at practically any open mic venue in town. If you see someone you don’t know just yet, just wait a few weeks.
A good handful of downtown/midtown open mic regulars dropped in this night, joining a few first-timers to create a talented lineup of both musicians and comics. Check the gallery below for photos.
The word is spreading quickly about Sactown Union Brewery’s cool vibe, large, cozy stage, and sweetly-tuned sound system (another of Drew’s strengths). And don’t forget the really tasty craft beer. This is a union shop and visitors coming either to play or listen all stop by the bar to “pay their union dues”. The payoff is that you get a beer for your dues. I like it.
This performers on this night found a receptive audience, which in turn makes the performers perform better. Both musicians and comics had the full attention of the audience, and what a difference it makes…
I can’t wrap this post without giving a shout-out to Spacewalker. She killed it near the end of the evening, and had almost half the audience up on their feet, dancing and groovin’. It was one of those standout sets that everyone strives for. Good work, April!
Looking forward to my next drop-in to Sactown Union Brewery, for sure.
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