I have noticed all over the world that the MCs of open mics have a thankless job. They are most often musicians themselves, and they are most often professional musicians who do the open mics as an off-shoot of their regular jobs as musicians. They are very often much better musicians than most of the musicians who take part in their open mics. And they most often receive not only no thanks from the people taking part in their open mics, but they actually receive people complaining about when their slot is to play, and questioning without stop when their slot is, and just generally giving the MCs a hard time.
Most often this is also without intending to bother the MC, but when you get 20 musicians wanting to play and those MCs have to answer the same question several times a night, that can be hard. Perhaps the worst part is that most of the people who come to play at an open mic don’t really treat the MC as a fellow musician, and one who in fact is more often than not, a better musician than the musicians coming to play….
So when James Iansiti, the MC of the Tennessee Bar open mic, mentioned to me that he had this band he was really happy with playing on Friday nights at the Tennessee Bar – where he hosts the open mic on Monday nights – I thought I just HAVE to get there and listen to James and his band. I went last night, and I did not regret it. James has some very cool songs, lots of artistry, and a very, very well-oiled stage presence. Loved the acoustic bass player too, oh, and the drummer, and the guitarist, and James did a very well balanced show, varying styles and songs throughout. Lots of talk in the audience as usual there, of course. The place is just too comfortable not to talk – but it was also clear the audience enjoyed the music….
April 24, 2012 at 4:05 am
The coffee house champion
The monday night godfather dinners
Ladies and gentelmen….james iansiti!
Its been a long time since diedrichs poetry an tom long
Good to see you doing it.
May 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Jim Iansiti – Robert Boston has wondered what the Hell happend to you since we played in a band together in the late 70’s. Ironically I di (still do) made my fortune off the R&R business – repeat business, not performing. I also lived in Europe – Hamburg from 2002-2005 in show biz production. Please contact me at email@example.com – I still have unclean thoughts of your high school sweetheart Lisa – wow. I have tried and cannot find Olivas. Contact me.
May 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Next time I see James, I will tell him about this comment. I’m not sure he is a regular internet user himself, so it will have to wait until I attend his open mic again…. possibly within the coming week. By the way, my brother-in-law is also named Robert Boston….!