Open jams and open mics and running rampant in the Detroit area. Some are good and some are great. With the insurgence of musicians that are coming out of and to the area, they are great avenues to just do what you do as a musician and a wonderful opportunity to network. I will periodically be investigating some of these events (there are several you can find any day of the week) and report my findings to you. The first one I will report on will be happening tonight at Pub Froggy located at 16420 E13 Mile Road in Roseville, MI from 8pm till 12am.
This open mic is hosted by Detroit Blues and Rock singer Tosha Owens and her Unstable Dudes (David A Watson - drums, John Abraham - bass, Jimmy Alter - guitar, Carlton Washington - guitar). Some of the buzz about this open mic (and the buzz is spreading) is that it is very relaxed, a fun time and very diverse! One person even said its 'big ole party with some of the best musicians I have ever heard'. I would have to agree. You can hear everything from blues, rock, rap, spoken word to original, alternative and punk.
All musicians are welcome to bring themselves or their whole band to get a few tunes in and listen to others. One night 11 drummers showed up and then it got creative. They put all of them on stage with different percussion pieces and just let them jam for 4 minutes straight. That was great. Some legends and familiar local musicians have graced the 'Doing it Froggy Style' jam as well. Artists like Jim McCarty, Cee Cee Collins, Niecy Blues, Chris Brantly, Gabe Gonzalez, Dezi McCullers, R J Spangler and his planet D nonet band, Terry Thunder, Phil Hale and many more. Can't wait to see who they have in store for us tonight!
Many bonds are formed from these jams and also new bands and projects come out of these events. I will continue to support them as long as I can. Will you? I gotta go and get ready for tonight!
Always be grateful for your blessings and they will never stop coming. Peace Family!!!