Second round of blogging for the day, this one on last week’s AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING open mic @ Astoria Beer and Brew. Did I mention it was pretty good? Stellar performances by each act, and our first comedian, the wonderfully funny Mariana Grace. I apologize in advance for the lack of wordage, but this is my second blog of the day, and like many others, I’ve been on and off shoveling snow all day 🙂
I am going to post my performance of All I Want by Kodaline this week. I hope you like it. I love Zach Fineblum’s “yeah man” at the end 🙂
Matt Loguidice was up after, and switched back from last night’s performance to slide guitar. It really is something that I can feel, when he plays. There is emotion in his hands that translates right through the metal sound-holes in his resonator. Check out this boogie, Juniper Springs Jump, and give his Facebook page:
Following Matt’s performance we had Guy Daniels. Another emotional performer, something so integral to music. I really loved and connected with his originals. Check out his SoundCloud, and one of his originals:
Next up, my super chill friend Terry Edelman. Not the best start for him, as he immediately popped a string and had to borrow Guy’s guitar. This is the kind of environment I love and strive to foster at my open mics – that of sharing. There’s a real sense of family every time we get together – whether someone’s a newbie or a veteran. Terry didn’t let the minor setback shake him which is a true testament to his showmanship, delivering a beautiful performance. Check out his band, Lost Kingdoms.
Zach Fineblum came up next, singing a song about an Astoria girl. I love this guy’s voice, perfectly seamless with his soft finger-picking. His performance was simply great. Be lulled:
After Zach, we had the second coming of Ben Absurdo. Love his style, so strong and original. Powerful stuff. Check out his song, Allen and the Gorilla, and MAKE SURE you stick around for the spoken word part:
Next was hip-hop act Kevin Varghese. He had a great comfort and flow on stage, and was extremely engaging. I really enjoyed his performance on this originally produced track. Check it:
In the number 8 slot, we bring you William Shishmanian. I was lucky enough to have shared the stage with him back on the 16th for a show, and was excited to see him walk in the door. He has a wonderful style, and really puts that Gretsch tone to use – it compliments his voice so well. Sadly, a camera issue (mine), and a phone storage issue (William’s), we only get a 2 minute clip of him. But make sure to get out to hear him, and check out his Facebook page.
After Will was Bill, actually Billy Conahan. Really down to earth guy and an IMMENSE talent, both as a singer/songwriter and MC. You just can’t help but to be grabbed into his performances. Sooooooo good. Check his Facebook.
Immediately following was Mariana Garces, our premier comic. Really solid material that kept me laughing the whole time. She has a great ability for banter and improv, and there was strong evidence within her performance. She used the crowd, and her surroundings to create on-the-fly material that truly worked. Comfortable and hysterical, seemingly un-phaseable, I present to you Mariana Garces. She starts by talking to a guy in the crowd who was apparently in the midst of his own act in the corner:
Coming in late, and I am so glad they made it, was Therapy, consiting of Karen and Tim. Original songs written from a place of real emotion, you can tell they really vibe together. Check out their Facebook. Another performance I thoroughly enjoyed:
Lastly, brought to our stage was Andy Sydor. I really like Andy. He is a genuine person, and I am glad that I have gotten to know him, and share stages with him. I can’t say it enough, I just love his style. Here’s some Steve Goodman covered by Arlo Guthrie covered by Andy for you:
It was another great night, filled with talent. The fact that these shows are happening, for free, is amazing to me. This is the kind of talent that should be coveted. I am humbled to share the stage with these wonderful artists. I hope I can continue to do so, far into the future. Thank you Rodrigo, the owner of Astoria Beer and Brew, and Kevin for tending bar like a true champion. LOVE ALL OF YOU GUYS!
Light and Harmony
-Owls for Olive