Java Mic Nights return to Fraser Roastery
December 5, 2008
As the sweet aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans circulate around the Fraser Rocky Mountain Roastery, so does the buzz about its returning open mic nights.
Java Mic Night, presented by Just A Glimpse Productions and organized by musician Ali Grayson, is brewing up its fifth year. The blazing microphone was passed to her by Christine Marie Callan who started the festive celebration in 2004. Out of a desire to create an alternative option and positive environment for music she “got a good thing rolling” that very first year Grayson said.
Grayson has been exposing her heart and soul through her guitar strings and an angelic voice, performing in the Valley for the past four years. As the new organizer, Grayson said she has missed seeing her musical friends at the Roastery.
“(I) can’t wait to see my Friday-night family again,” she said.
Because the events take place at the Roastery rather than in the usual pub, Grayson is proud to be part of a venue that invites area youth to experience the beauty of music. “Each week the Roastery becomes a positive entertainment venue that packs out with attentive ears of all ages.”
This Friday begins 18 weeks of live music of many flavors, highlighting bands from around Grand County and the region. Musical talents lined up to pour out their freshly-ground sounds include Hunker Down Dec. 5, Fable Dec. 12, 3rd Time Lucky Dec. 19, Christmas Special Dec. 26, Rob Drabkin Jan. 2, Gregory Alan Isakov Jan. 9, Aaron Espe Jan. 16, a Grand County Blues Society show or open mic Jan. 23, Andy Irvine and the Brian Jordan Trio Jan. 30, The Really Serious String Band Feb. 6, The Blackthorn Project Feb. 13, Jasco Jazz Feb. 20, Brad Pregeant Feb. 27, open mic March 6, March 13 and 20 are still open, Haas ‘n’ Friends March 27, and Ali (Grayson) ‘n’ Friends top it off April 3.
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Those who caught last year’s lineup may recognize Espe and The Really Serious String Band. Many of the others are from right here in Grand County and new names include some familiar faces.
Band Fable includes Daniel Rondeau from the Neighborhood Heroes, who tied for first place at this past summer’s Battle of the Bands. The Jasco Jazz group includes local skin tapper Mike Ray.
Fraser Valley’s “stewed rompgrass” sensation, Hunker Down, heats things up with bluegrass that will take you for a ride and back home again. The band, which is stomping out of the studio with its debut production album. Cover is $5.
As a way to say thank you to the patrons who come out to support the scene, the GCBS has also once again donated tickets to several of its shows for raffle during the string of Java Mic Nights.
Shows usually last two hours. Season passes are available for $75. Several are available at the Roastery for those who want to secure their spot before the first show (cash or checks accepted only). Grayson also announces a new Web site with upcoming shows, photos, information on the bands and musicians, and many other perks.