Last night I attended the first Open Mic Night at El's Kitchen in Chicago hosted by Leigh Evin McCullough. I walked into the door with my Breedlove on my shoulder, signed up to play and ended up going third. I played one of my newer songs, "Twenty Lifeboats", and then "Sunshine", and ending on "I Will Not Leave". When all was said and done there were close to three hours of rediculously great music played by all the performers...Amazing people were in the audience, including a member of Chicago band Wells-next-the-Sea, and a number of people from Chicago Acoustic Underground (Michael Teach!), CAU Dog Recording artist Gunner Cleeman, and another CAU artist, Greg Jackson Combs from Goodbye Home. Genral Patton played some dance music that mesmerized the whole place, and we had even lots of late-evening Uke action (with Leigh holding a kazoo for one of the Uke players...it was brilliant, and I wish I had made careful note of all the names of everyone in the house!).
I hope to play a set at El's Kitchen later this year, but I will definitely be returning to Leigh's Open Mic there! If the first night is any indication, it will be completely great no matter when you go.