Fraser: Friday nights filled to the brim with Java Mic Nights
Like the enticing smell of fresh coffee in the morning, Java Mic Nights are perking up the Fraser Valley this winter season. Rocky Mountain Roastery is rolling out its fourth year of Java Mic Nights in Fraser. Each Friday night, starting this week, 7 to 9 p.m. for the duration of the ski season, Java Mic Nights will be hosting a wide selection of musical talent from all over the country.First up is band 3rd Time Lucky, performing Friday, Nov. 30, with Mickey and Trish Sandora and Gary Birch. Trish writes several original pieces for the group and the band is known for a wide variety of Americana covers. Their sound encompasses the influences of traditional legends such as Buck Owens and Johnny Cash and combines those sounds with that of rock icons like the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.It is music that transcends generational borders, Trish said. We try to play songs that mean something to us and our audience – songs that tell a story, songs that make you want to dance, songs that allow us and our audience to kick back, enjoy and ultimately escape from the busy and high-stress lives we all lead, even if only momentarily.The four scheduled performers to follow include Brad Pregeant on Dec. 7, Rob Drabkin on Dec. 14, Ali Grayson & Friends on Dec. 21 and John-Alex Mason on Dec. 28.Pianist Pregeant, who found a knack for music at a young age on his own, is known for his New Orleans-style jazz. After earning a bachelor’s degree in piano performance Pregeant honed his talent playing on Bourbon Street and studied with world-famous jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. This is the first winter the usual snowbird will experience in Grand County and his debut performance at Rocky Mountain Roastery. He said he’s looking forward to the show and that he enjoys getting feedback from the audience as much as he enjoys playing for himself. Pregeant also plays at Caroline’s Cuisine on most other Friday nights.Drabkin, of Denver, is said to sound a little like musician Jack Johnson, with an incredible voice range and rapid finger-picking. He too began playing at a young age, with inspiration from such bands as Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses, but his metal edge began to smooth over after playing in his school’s jazz ensemble. During that time, he was exposed to new artists, rhythms, chords, and improvisation; and guitar virtuoso Ted Reece took him as a private student. With his unique voice, incredible guitar style, and original tunes, Drabkin began to play to full crowds and has opened for many national acts.Ali Grayson has been performing in the Fraser Valley for the past three years. Her musical talents have found her performing at the Grand County Blues Festival in the gospel choir the last two of them. At the Dec. 21 show, she has invited several friends to join her, including the Dickens Carolers, Gary Morrow, Denis Karnoscak, Tara Smith and Sara Strader.John-Alex Mason has been described as, One of the deepest cats on the scene today, by Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. Mason has opened for B.B. King, John Mayal, James Cotton and Jimmie Vaughan. As a one-man band, Mason blends foot drums, guitar, and vocals in magical ways, to create deep country blues.The Fraser Rocky Mountain Roastery is brewing up several other performances throughout the season, so be sure to check future issues of All Access for listings. Cover charge each Friday night is $2. Call the Roastery at (970) 726-4400 for more information.
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