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Recently, my Facebook events section has been inundated by upcoming house shows (hooray!), so I thought I’d make a quick post about some future gigs to keep on your radar:

October 20
Open Mic @ Drew and Joe’s Place
-This event is going to focus on the politics of the upcoming election. Some great speakers are lined up, and, as always, you’re welcome to come share your own words, songs, art, etc.

October 30
Devil’s Night II @ The Tribe
-What better way to celebrate a brutal night like Devil’s Night than with a kick ass show in a basement? Continuing in last year’s tradition, this night features some bands possessed by the spirit of others like the “Off” White Stripes and Jay “Zombie” Reatard. Too Soon?

November 4
Sewn Leather and Taboo @ The Tribe
-It’s quite a treat to get two Tribe shows within a week of each other, and this one has a pretty wicked line-up. The show kicks off with a slew of supporting acts like Bonerattle, Goloka Yeggs, and one of my favorite new local acts, Vegetable.

November 19
GDP @ Trevor
-It’s getting kind of rare to see a great rap act in the houses of Tempeasy, but Trevor breaks the rap-less streak with GDP. Considering GDP has played with Wu-Tang and RZA separately, I’m looking forward to a great show. Hopefully, Hot Dog and Pistol, can start the night with a bang.

All events start at what I am now dubbing Normal Concert Time (NCT) at 8 PM.
Do it.

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Down on the corner of 10th Street and Wilson, the open mic night spirit has been revived at Joe’s Place. Since eJoy is seemingly no longer in the open mic biz (or any biz for that matter), there really hasn’t been a NorTemp venue to step up and fill the void of open-miclessness, so it’s exciting to see community members work to create a space where people can share what they wish in a positive environment.

Last night was only the second installment for the house, but both events were really unique, bringing diverse acts such as musicians, poets, readers, writers, performance artists, and more. Next time around election day will be a big focus of the night, where some speakers will be discussing political issues for 2010. This diversity is encouraged by the occupants, Joe Frungillo, who use their home as a multi-purpose venue as a sustainable city garden, open mic venue, and I hear they’re thinking of starting a backyard movie night in the near future.

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Now I must say, I am not a stage-ready personality. I get nervous speaking to groups of over three people. But even I read a little poetry and sang a song (not pictured) in front of the courteous and supportive crowd gathered last night. (Though the complimentary whiskey didn’t hurt either.)

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The moral of the story: don’t be shy. If you have something to share, be it a book from your messed up childhood, a jingle you wrote, or an essay you spent hours toiling over that you’re really proud of, come to Joe’s Place every third Wednesday of the month. That means next month’s event is on October 20 at about 8PM.