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last night was... interesting...

i got to play at The Arnada, although i didn't think they would have time to fit me in.

so, they fit me in between a Weezer cover band, and a band that would make thrash metal look like barry manilow. just me and my acoustic guitar. as the thrash metal plus band set up their marshall stacks behind me.



let's discuss this 'open mic' thing. in phoenix, most establishments will not let more than 2 people take the stage at the same time. i remember being in The Vacant Stairs, and not knowing if they would let three of us up there at once, even though most of our material was acoustic.

for the last two weeks, entire BANDS have come to open mic. last week, Thrash Metal Plus (i think they're called cowboy shotgun?) was even yelling at the crowd, saying to sod off because this wasn't even a PERFORMANCE for them, just a practice. the couple of weeks before, they had rap. now.. i respect people and their personal outlets for creativity and all, BUT, i also feel that when you go to a certain establishment for a certain ambience, that there should be certain criteria to be able to perform at said functions. 3 weeks ago, one of the 'rap artists' was a dj with a bunch of records and two turn tables. nothing spectacular or fancy in between, just playing records, while he and two of his guy friends stood on stage and sang along with them. not into a mic, mind you, just stood up there and bopped around, singing to the records. they were on stage for AN HOUR.

are all open mic establishments like this in the portland/vancouver area?!? where else IS there, that may stick a little more to the idea of open mic?!?

i honestly feel that by allowing the full blown bands, especially the two bands that were there last night, each that played AN HOUR or more, that they are going to alienate more of the people that go there for open mic, than they will if they set down barriers as to who gets to play.

but other than not being able to TALK to them all night, i still had fun with brosely, faetal, raygunzero, and jadisan!!


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Jun. 25th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
lol!! rockstar?!? hardly! not nearly as much so, as a few others on my list! :D

yeah, it was an hour before, and an hour afterwards. i woke up with a mondo headache this morning, and it wasn't because of the beer!
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Jun. 25th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
it was so frustrating.

i can also see it from anoher standpoint, but...
Jun. 25th, 2003 03:38 pm (UTC)
first of all, I like open mic.. however I dont like some of the artists, so i have mixed feeligns.
beyond that, i dont like the metal band... the other one was okay, complete with a guitarist that i knew in highschool.....
I really like seeing live bands... and although I feel some of it IS a bit out of place at the Arnada, I also know that Vancouver is small, and the Arnada really probably welcomes the commerce.... the bar is packed when these bands are playing... .little or no talent.. means.. little or none.

I think its exciting to see live music, wether on small scale, or larger...

of course, the ONLY REASON I started comming to the Arnada was to SUPPORT YOU.

and now that I know you hate bands.. heh
Gwyn and I think the three of us should start a girl band.. she brought it up.
it'd be interesting.... like two guitars and a cello

i just need to learn a little bit.. and maybe a little bit of bass guitar..
it'd be fun

Jul. 1st, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)

i so don't hate bands!! i rather liked the first band, too, they were a massive breath of fresh air in comparison to the other non-open mic sets i've seen there. i also understand that it's difficult to get places for full bands to play like that, but i think that a venue needs to have a set of rules and limits in regards to what is allowed and qualified as 'open mic'. ESPECIALLY freaking idiotic thrash bands like cowboy whatever. open mic has NO FREAKING PLACE for marshal stacks. and i think that the first band, being as good as they were, should definitely be allowed to play, if they were more ACOUSTIC, or not as electric as they were. i, and others, were going to the arnada on tuesday nights because we could kick back, listen to the music and TALK to each other. all that last band did was to give people headaches and make some of them leave.
Jun. 25th, 2003 04:30 pm (UTC)
I don't even know where The Arnada is....that is how unhip I am. Yes, I'm a housewife, and yes, I drive a minivan. Now that summer is here, maybe you can play at parks and such? The last time I was at Farmers Market they had a band up on the stage. And that way, us lame old asthmatics could come a see you too....;-)
Jul. 1st, 2003 01:02 pm (UTC)
lol!! i personally don't feel that i'm good enough to play anywhere else yet! i desperately need to practice more, but i don't see that happening until i get out on my own, where i don't have to deal with annoying my 'roommates'!
Jul. 1st, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
You can practice over here...;-) We're starting Naisa in voice lessons this summer. We figure of she's going to sing fucking EVERYTHING at the top of her lungs, then we damn sure better get her good enough for us to enjoy it...;-)
Jul. 4th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
lmao!!!! so THAT was what i did wrong as a child! not singing loud enough :)
Jul. 4th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)
OMG, she drives us nuts. I mean, she does have a nice voice, but she's a red headed scorpio....which means she THINKS she's about 200% better than she actually is....and NO ONE can tell her any different.
Jul. 5th, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
oh, of COURSE! scorpios are SO good at that!

have fun when she hits teenagehood! ^_^
Jul. 5th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, she's there. Didn't you see my post about her wearing my bras because she's a 34D??? OMG. This kid is going to be the death of me.
Jul. 21st, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
omg!!! that's flipping hilarious!
Jun. 25th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
Gavin MacLeod Mania, not Gavin MacLeod but an incredible simulation
I'm stunnededed, Weezer has a cover band? Have they been around that long, am I that old already? Do people still tie onions to their belts to remind them of something important,? And where the hell are my shoes?


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Jul. 1st, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Gavin MacLeod Mania, not Gavin MacLeod but an incredible simulation
lol - well, they weren't TECHNICALLY a weezer cover band, in the time that i was there, i would say half of their set was weezer, and then they played puddle of mud, blind melon, and a bunch of other stuff.
Jun. 25th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC)
"he and two of his guy friends stood on stage and sang along with them. not into a mic, mind you, just stood up there and bopped around, singing to the records..."

Weird. Very weird. Not at all what I would expect for open mic.
Jul. 1st, 2003 09:11 pm (UTC)
85% of what has been playing there since school let out isn't what one would expect from open mic.

hopefully, tonight will be better.
Jun. 25th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC)
Jun. 28th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
OOOH! we'll have to go sometime!
Jun. 26th, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)
I occasionally attend open mic's here and there, and i've been to a couple in the portland area.

The Laurelthirst has a pretty good one, or at least did last year, the one time i went.

also the Red and Black cafe on Division has one on (i think) monday nights. I went to that once, it was a pretty mellow scene, but probably worth checking out.

Oh, there's also one at the Green Room, in NW. i forget which night though. that seemed like a nice one too, though they did let people break the three song limit.

I agree completely that there is a certain expectation for the mood, and type of music heard at an open mic. i personally would rather not see a full band, as there are other venues for that, and i tend to like the more low key stuff anyway. and if there is a full band, they should NOT be on stage for an hour. maybe 20 minutes tops.

If you do end up doing one of the shows in SE or close to it, I'd love to come check you out. :)
Jul. 1st, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
thank you so very much for the suggestions!!! i'm going back to the arnada again tonight, so i'll give it one more chance...

.. the others, i probably won't be able to check out much until after i'm gainfully employed again, but the i would LOVE to be able to check out different venues around here! i'll let you know if i play any of them!
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