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Jamming Time at the Mazet and Don’t Miss My Concert Tonight!

March 9, 2012

This is a double post, two for the price of one…. I attended the Mazet Pub open mic last night and it was being run by a different man, as David Oxxo was off somewhere else. The result was a different vibe, of course. But it was a fun and interesting one, much more about jamming and a free-for-all on the stage with some fabulous musician friends of Raphael Moraine, the replacement MC.

I played a few of my songs, there was a man doing rap, an electro duo, and Raphael and his band and friends. I also got to play as part of a little trio with one and then two wonderful women singers, reminding me that it was my second night in a row of that after the Highlander. A real pleasure, and once again because it was such a pleasure and I was so active playing or putting new strings on my guitar, I got very little video footage. I will only put up one video, in fact. But you get the idea. Wait around long enough with that video to hear the singer’s fabulous voice….

Meanwhile, I am in a rush to get of here as I have a gig tonight in Paris and I will play with my lead guitarist, Félix Beguin, of the Burnin’ Jacks. It takes place at:

Evidence Bar
132 bd de Charonne
75020 Paris
Métro : Alexandre Dumas (ligne 2)

In principle I will play for an hour somewhere between 8:30 and 10 PM. So don’t hesitate in showing up and joining in, before you head off to some other more nocturnal affair in Paris on a Friday night….

Another Cool Mazet Time

December 16, 2011

The Mazet really is becoming a cool open mic. Last week I did a post talking about how festive it became, and yesterday it began slow, it was raining outside, and I thought it would end up being a right-off, as the crowd that comes to drink at the Mazet comes very much for that. But something about the open mic – no doubt it has to do with David OxxO’s laid-back and easy MCing – meant that little by little the crowd got into the music and the evening. So by the time I left at around 1 AM, it was still kicking, bubbling, jumping, and once again had turned into a free jam. And again, the crowd began singing along, clapping along and being generally nicely responsive – while not ceasing their carrousing either.

I just managed to do a few videos, though. So I’m putting up just a couple….

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