Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic

7 to 10 pm

Hosted by Paul Pot. Open Mic starts around 7:00 to 7:15. All styles, mostly music. List goes out at about 7. 1 to 2 songs depending on the amount of people on the list. No Cover. 21 & over. No cover, drinks and bbq reasonable. The Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic was named 2014'S BEST OPEN MIC in the East Bay Express's Best in the East Bay Poll. They did not have an award in that category this year. Write the Express and let them know if you want the category back. 2016 is an election year and you should have your say. Until then we choose not to abdicate the throne and must be toppled.

[03/19/20]   While the Bay Area shelters in place and California bars take a break during this weird time, I thought I would do a virtual Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic presenting various performers that I have had the pleasure to hear. This first week there can be no other choice but to feature one of our legends, the one and only, Charlie the Urban Cowboy. He left deep impressions at the open mic and at one other in West Oakland. Here he is singing his signature rendition of "With or Without You" in a rare performance with instrumental backup (he usually performed acapella) that, as you can hear, drove the Missouri Lounge crazy. Before he left us and moved to Reno he had changed his name to the Rockin' Cowboy. He later came back for American Idol's weekend tryouts at the Oakland Coliseum. It didn't go as well as he would have liked. They built up his hopes each day as he made it through the qualifying rounds only to be made fun of on the program. He didn't let it get him down and he shared the video (Britney Spears and all) with everybody on Facebook. I think he is the only alumni to have been on the show. Here he is in all his dazzling glory and, as I watch him smile, I can't help but think how privileged I have been to experience the absolute joy of playing music that the many musicians who have graced our open mic have displayed and shared with us. This is what it is all about. Kudos to you all. And, oh yeah, we will be back. Charlie Spangler Charlie RocknCowboy Spangler #openmic #missourilounge #americanidol #missouriloungeopenmic #openmicsbayarea #shelterinplace

Charlie the Urban Cowboy at the Missouri Loiunge

PREPARE TO TURN THE VOLUME DOWN IF TOO LOUD. While the Bay Area shelters in place and California bars take a break during this weird time, I thought I would do a virtual Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic each week presenting various performers that I have had the pleasure to hear. This first week there can be no other choice but to feature one of our legends, the one and only, Charlie the Urban Cowboy. He left deep impressions at the open mic and at one other in West Oakland. Here he is in 2011singing his signature rendition of "With or Without You" in a rare performance with instrumental backup (he usually performed acapella) that, as you can hear, drove the Missouri Lounge crazy. Before he left us and moved to Reno he had changed his name to the Rockin' Cowboy. He later came back for American Idol's weekend tryouts at the Oakland Coliseum. It didn't go as well as he would have liked. They built up his hopes each day as he made it through the qualifying rounds only to be made fun of on the program. He didn't let it get him down and he shared the video (Britney Spears and all) with everybody on Facebook. I think he is the only alumni to have been on the show. Here he is in all his dazzling glory and, as I watch him smile, I can't help but think how privileged I have been to experience the absolute joy of playing music that the many musicians who have graced our open mic have displayed and shared with us. This is what it is all about. Kudos to you all. And, oh yeah, we will be back. Charlie Spangler Charlie RocknCowboy Spangler #openmic #missourilounge #bayareaopenmics #shelterinplace #americanidol

Taking a break. Bars are closed for the time being. Look forward to seeing you on the other side of this thing. Wash your hands.

No more licking the microphone until further notice.

Name that tune!

Looks like water. Tastes like wine. Omigosh, come to the open mic!

I guess the medal of freedom is for the birds now. Avoid the Rush and come to the Missouri Lounge Open Mic where everybody's a winner (except assholes.)

We might need to relax from these trying times. Maybe the open mic can help.

My birthday will be on Sunday, the day of my art reception, but I will still go for song and drink at the open mic. Hope you can make it out.

Gregory White and Carry On at the New Years Day Open Mic

Paul Pot singing about his friend the Devil at the New Years Day Open mic.

Hey that Murphy, she’s doing Chantilly Lace ay the New Years Day Open mic.

Darrell at the Open mic. New Years Day

Robert Vincent at the New Years Day Open Mic.

Gray Shaw in the dark at the New Years Day Open Mic doing some Cat.

Attention creatures of the open mic. It's your night to howl!

Outsiders come inside, the music’s fine.

Don't be a turkey. Come down to the open mic.

Thanks to everybody who came out tonight. All of you who came to play and those who came to have fun. It was one of those magic nights. Wow.

The poster is ready. Did you ever play at the Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic? Your name is probably on the poster. Get one tonight for free! Come out and play!

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Another open mic comes to an end. Next week we celebrate 15 years!

Girl George's birthday and Halloween are two great reasons to come to the open mic on this Wednesday. Let there be cake!

Songs not bombs at the open mic tonight.

Check out the outside of music and more at the the open mic tonight.

A visitation from a distant past at the open mic: a microphone stand ashtray (courtesy of Mugg Muggles.) Of course, it won’t be used much at all.

Don laying down some Mississippi delta blues.

Let's all hang at the open mic tonight.

Matt playing his last open mic before he goes to Ohio for 10 months to teach somebody a lesson.

No debate, just music tonight.

Mad ceasing publication? Let's get Crazy tonight at the open mic. Oops, that magazine is already gone.

The Happy Clams

Okay, so they're not so mysterious. The mystery is how much will they be playing (Roger and Leslie have an early evening show at the Plough) and if Rocko's brakes can be fixed so he can come on down the mountain when he comes. You can expect your's truly and a pile of his songs between 7pm and 9 pm.

Sorry about the short notice.

This is a picture seen from where you might be if you were singing at the piano at the Alley in Oakland. You should try it sometime. But tonight you should come to the Missouri Lounge Wednesday Night Open Mic.

Come to the open mic and get a clue to what fun you can have.

There will be a congress of musicians, audience, and otherwise fun havers at the Missouri Lounge Open Mic. It is my command (without teeth) that you be there to have a good time.

It is not anticipated that anyone from the White House will be in attendance.

Some examples of very long songs that drive your host (who's show has a time limit) crazy.

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Of course there are songs with more verses than this one (probably Irish in origin) but that does not excuse you for thinking this is a good open mic song.

American Pie - Really now. You must know what you are doing when you play this song.

Stairway to Heaven

Space Oddity- Ground control to Major Tom, there are other people on the list who would like to play.

Hallelujah - Okay this Leonard Cohen number is not so long a song but everybody always seems to take their time with it.

Wish You Were Here - Only because it usually suffers the same fate as Hallelujah.

The next three songs have not been tried, but just sayin'....

Tempest - Actually I don't know why anybody would play this Bob Dylan song about the sinking of the Titanic. It's endless. Now I happen to like it. l listen to it at home but I wouldn't inflict it on anybody.

The End - I would imagine that, it played by one of the early performers, this Doors song would probably last until the end of the show.

Dark Star - 'nuff said, space case.

These are just some examples. You know what I'm talking about. You've probably written a musical novel or two yourself. Please just try to keep your two songs within a reasonable limit so less people get cut to one. Think of the children.

Keep your shirt on! Everybody always gets to play.

Holy Week, Batman! Notre Dame was a very, very, very nice house. It is a historical treasure and now the fire will be part of that history. It will be rebuilt, maybe not it time for the lifetimes of many people who revere it or for whom it is part of their culture. It is a sad thing. The two towers are an image recognized by most people in the western world and well beyond. But 50 years from now people will most likely say that it was restored it to it's full grandeur and how subtle the new 21st construction techniques are as a part of that restoration just like they have, up until now, talked about how the original 850 year old construction and the 19th century reconstructions work together so well. The flying buttresses may end up being more historical features than architectural. Perhaps in a future episode of Star Trek the fire of 2019 will be mentioned in a casual conversation between Spock and McCoy where they go on to mention when one of the iconic towers was melted by a terrorist heat ray in 2422. In the meantime, there is an open mic tonight.

Nobody is immune. Roger Brown fills in at the open mic while I enjoy sunny Florida. When I was a kid Jim Dooley used to say, “Come on down [to Florida] on Northeast Airlines.” I say, “Come on down to the open mic.”

What do you mean, "How dry I am?"

Tonight!

Hey assholes! It's your special day. Come out and make an ass of yourself at the 15th annual Missouri Lounge Ass Wednesday Night Open Mic.

I have no problem with Rosenstein considering the 25th Amendment. Somebody needs to do something about that spoiled, rotten, bully, babyman. That goes for those suck-ups Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. Come down to the open mic and sing and drink to that.

I would love it if you came out to the open mic tonight.

Let's give everybody a hand who plays at the open mic tonight!

I love crawling hand movies. The Crawlng Hand is one of my favorites. So is the Beast with Five Fingers. That one plays the piano. Then there is this one that used to scare me as a kid. A woman pianist loses her hands in an accident or something. Her father kills another pianist and grafts his hands on to her arms. She doesn't know where the hands really came from. When playing the piano, the hands come off her and she stands screaming at the piano with bloody stumps where the hands once were. One of the hands crawls to the father's study, grabs a pair of scissors, crawls up behind him and stabs him in the neck. Bloody fun on Sunday morning TV for kids.

But we'll have none of that tonight. Let's play some music and keep your hands to yourself!

“Old Smelly” makes another infrequent appearance at the open mic last night and almost stays in tune for 2 whole songs.

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