Local musicians will take to the stage Tuesday night in Fayette and you could be among them.
The Winter Coffee House Jam Session, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Rorick Gallery of the Fayette Opera House, has four musicians on the agenda, but there’s also an open mic planned. Anyone who wants to perform—instrumental, vocal or a reading—is invited to join in.
The idea for the jam session developed from the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, a national program from Lexington, Ky., broadcast locally on WBGU. The show’s host, Michael Johnathon, urges listeners to create their own WoodSongs Coffee House to help form a national network of small, artistic stages for artists and their audiences.
Johnathon describes local coffee houses as a way to support “the brilliant, deserving artists and songwriters of your home community.”
Fayette’s first event will feature harmonica player Ramiro Gomez, guitar players Rebecca Lovelass and vocalists Steve Snyder and Phyllis Page, who also play guitar.
The open mic, Lovelass said, could lead to more music or even the reading of poetry.
“There are other possibilities besides listening to music and playing an instrument,” she said.
Lovelass believes the event will be a good way to bring people together, particularly on a winter night.
“We’d like to make it a regular thing,” she said, “especially in the winter months. It will just be an experiment this first time around.”
Members of the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council see the event as a good way to bring people into the Opera House. They also see the project as a way to preserve and promote musical heritage, to “audition” talent for local productions, to make new friends and swap some interesting stories.
“It’s a way to give people a place to jam together,” Lovelass said. “Just come in and play.”
No admission will be charged, and chili, dessert and a beverage will be served.
For additional information, call Lovelass at 419/237-3091 or Fine Arts Council member Tom Spiess at 237-2683.