By Ken Saftey
With the sad exit from long time “house” drummer Mike Posser. Ken Safety’s Open Mic Show moves forward. Mike has relocated out of state and we all wish him and his family the best. It is certain that Mikey’s musical adventures are far from over.
Thursday opened with new “house” drummer Mark Macksoud doing a fine job with Ken Safety and Bill Blue as The Sophisticatos weekly “dinner set” was well received. Mark will be sharing the weekly House Band responsibilities with Jan Alessio who will be making her KSOMS debut this week.
Following The Sophisticatos, Keyboardist/Vocalist Leo Boogie and drummer Big Sweet Al make their KSOMS debut. Leo opened with a solo jazz number and then was joined by Al. The duo played a few tunes to the growing crowd of musicians and listeners and then scooted out the door.
Weekly celebrity, Banjo Dan does his thing. Dan rarely misses a Thursday and has been a faithful KSOMS participant for years.
Delta Bill and Mike ( The Delta Blues Boys ) make their fourth consecutive KSOMS appearance. The duo presents ( What else? ) their version of Delta Blues with Bill sliding on his National Steel guitar and Mike blowing harmonica. They play down home style blues presented in their words “The Back Porch Experience”.
Mojo Margolis is back in town!! The blues loving singer will blow his harmonica and lead The Fabulous House Band. The FHB has bassist Ron Ciaburri, the afore mentioned Mark Macksoud and Bill Blue on drums and guitar and Ken Safety getting into the act on guitar. In contrast to The Delta Blues Boys, Mojo leads a rollicking electric set. It was great to have Mojo Margolis back at KSOMS. Drummer John D. Garibaldi sits in for a couple of numbers.
As always the action is non stop. John DiCarlo will lead the proceedings for awhile. The singer /guitarist rocks hard in a trio setting with Jan Alessio in drums and Ron Ciaburri on bass. The set blazes with rocking guitar mania.
The CJ Sparrow staff is hard at work. Veteran Bar Keep Johnny Roz oversees hydration responsibilities. Super server Maya efficiently flies around with “new guy” Eddie learning the ropes.
Killion Mitchell takes the lead and does a very cool acoustic set that covers George Harrison deep tracks. The young entertainer selects and works in his own cool style on an obscure array to GH numbers. Killion will be playing a full evening this Saturday September 1st 8pm at CJ Sparrows.
The final time slot is split with two KSOMS regulars. Bobby Nap plays first and does what many players do at an open mic. Test drive some new songs. Bobby’s test drive, tests The Fabulous House Band and they , as usual, come out on top. A+.
Dan Hinde closes the show leading the band through a few of his favorites. The night winds down and the first “Mikeyless" KSOMS is in the books. This week comes around with Jan taking the house drum responsibility.
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