Are Playing Monday – Saturday Nights & Sunday Brunch
If you thought you were craving good food, come listen to some amazing music. A little culture will warm your soul.
As Tavern reopened a few weeks ago, I formed a mix-and-match “house band” to play for you on sunny nights. I used my PPP funds to employ musicians who hadn’t been paid or seen an unemployment check in months and while hoping to exceed the expectations of every returning Tavern guest. What was shocking is that as hungry as people were to eat good food and have someone else do the dishes for a change, the presence of “culture” was the most fulfilling part of the evening for many and certainly a jarring reminder of what makes life worth living for most. Here we are a month later and there is still no other venue within hundreds of miles where musicians can play.
My 14-show “house band” deal is up and Tavern is being flooded by requests to play from artists so far above our non-federally-financed pay grade, it’s a little disheartening. Take the woman pictured above, Tahira Memory, who called and asked to do a show. She was singing her R&B-influenced jazz at Tavern late one night during our “After Hours Jazz” series when all of a sudden she says, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Eddie Martinez is in the house!” Like you, I had no idea who this was. Google him and you’ll find that he’s played with Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, Blondie, Meatloaf, Lou Reed and more. This guy drove from wherever to Lake O while he was in town to come here this incredible vocalist sing. If you can get one of our last tables tonight, I recommend it. I recommend any night but Sunday (we do music during brunch instead).
If you value music, culture, the arts, there are a couple things that you can do to help put the music world back in order, one might surprise you:
Please consider coming down to listen any night. If you can, leave them a few bucks on your credit card tab – you’ll see a line for “Band Tip.” It helps.
Try to imagine a special-occasion “venue” you could provide by (for example) coordinating a “socially distant” block party where you and your neighbors can pitch in and hire a band to play for you in your cul-de-sac. Email me and I will point you to the woman who helps me book bands and she’ll find you talent that is above your pay grade too!