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On Wednesday, June 28th the studio at Bobby B Productions hosted this year’s first Greely Open Mic session. The event was coordinated by Carol Pietka, a local Greely resident, and Howard Crerar, treasurer of the Greely Business Association. Refreshments were served by Amie of Custom Events. Bobby B fired up the barbecue outside the studio and served delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.
Fifteen to twenty people showed up for the event and were treated to music presented by five local musicians, all of whom performed original material and covers of work by other artists. Lloyd Thom, a local guitarist loosened up the crowd by starting out with a set of traditional bluegrass songs. The next performers to take the stage were Travis and John who played some original songs and a killer cover of “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak. Next up was Alex, a talented young singer/songwriter, who drove all the way from Carleton Place to participate in the show. Last to take the stage was Stephanie La Rochelle, a singer/songwriter/ actress who grew up in Greely and now splits her time between Greely and Toronto.
After the musicians performed their opening set and got to feel comfortable with one another they came and went from the stage, performing solo, as duets, and even at one point as a trio. During this portion of the show they played cover versions of popular songs that everyone present was familiar with. Some of the braver members of the audience sang along and everyone could be seen tapping their toes.
Also present were a couple of special guests, Stephanie and Tanya, who dropped by from Vibration Studio in Osgoode. Vibration Studio hosts a music show commencing at 11 AM every Sunday morning. The venue is spacious and well-lit, the acoustics are excellent, and healthy snacks can be purchased at reasonable prices. Drop by one Sunday morning to hear local musicians play and take some time to relax from your busy life.
As one person at the Greely Open Mic commented, “Live music has finally made it to the south end of the city”.