Last night, at Ruth's suggestion, I performed a short-ish set at an open mic/jam session at the Theatre Cafe (Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills). I wasn't entirely enthusiastic about doing it, but I figured that it would be a good warmup for my performance at Atlas Park on June 21st, and it would be totally no-pressure. I wasn't auditioning for a regular gig, no one (except MBW) knew me from Adam, and I made sure to do tunes I know for my set.
Long story short, I did good. The set was this:
* HONKY TONK GUITAR / BE MY BABY TONIGHT
* A MAN LIKE ME
* SOMETHING SO RIGHT
* GENERIC LOVE SONG
* DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
* I WILL
* HOW CAN I BE OLD (WHEN YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG)
The audience (a fair number of people, all things considered) was responsive (they sang along on "Generic Love Song" and "Don't Quit Your Day Job," which is great considering this was the first time they heard either song).
After that the host of the evening (Vinnie!) got some of his buddies up to jam and eventually invited me back up to join them. I had already put away my guitar by then, so for a few songs I just sang backup. Then I noticed there was an electric piano nearby--seriously, it went unnoticed before because of all the soft guitar cases and such strewn over it--so I started adding some things from the keys. After it was all over Vinnie asked me if I'll be back next Thursday. I guess I will. It was fun.