Open Mic at Edison’s

Edison’s Pub start­ed hav­ing Tuesday open mic nights three weeks ago. I made it to this week’s in­stall­ment of mu­sic, po­et­ry and stand-up com­e­dy and had a great time. It is a pret­ty re­laxed at­mos­phere, with no re­al set sched­ule or pace to the per­for­mances, and Tremonsters all over the place. I even picked up a self-pub­lished book of po­et­ry by one of my neigh­bors and short sto­ries from Leeds, UK for the price of a PBR. It was an evening for mul­ti-task­ing, while lis­ten­ing to peo­ple rock­ing out and watch­ing the Indians game, I had the chance to look over part of a book about the his­to­ry of Brandt Gallery. I al­so chat­ted with everyone’s fa­vorite pho­tog­ra­ph­er, lis­tened to a Lucky’s barista do some stand-up, gave Steve a lit­tle good-na­tured rib­bing and hung out Erin from Inside/​Outside.

While eat­ing a pesto and toma­to piz­za from Edison’s Next Door Deli, I fi­nal­ly met an­oth­er Tremont en­tre­pre­neur, Des Schmitt, who runs Southside Cleaners and Concierge and is work­ing on open­ing a cha­peaux shop, had the chance to in­form my­self about cer­tain lo­cal trou­ble­mak­ers, and did I men­tion that there was an open mic night go­ing on? Lou said he would go up and do some­thing if I did, but I gave out a good ex­cuse. Anyway, you couldn’t re­al­ly ask for a bet­ter time on a Tuesday night, or a more crowd­ed bar. The at­mos­phere was re­al­ly spe­cial, what Jack would call an ap­pre­cia­tive one. It seemed like every­one who went up in front of the mic was com­fort­able, even if they weren’t ex­act­ly con­fi­dent in their per­for­mances. Open mics are good for build­ing con­fi­dence though, and it takes plen­ty of guts to get up there in the first place. I am con­stant­ly re­mind­ed of the rea­sons why Tremont is so great, and it isn’t the fan­cy restau­rants and art gal­leries, it’s my neigh­bors, hang­ing out, drink­ing beers and sup­port­ing each oth­er in their pas­sions. I think I know where I’ll be on Tuesday nights from now on. Who knows, maybe I’ll even per­form one day.

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