I picked a perfect night to return to Monday Night Deliverance, this time accompanied by my daughter, Genny. The musical line-up was stellar: Ken Brown kicked the evening off followed by Douglas Watson. Spoken word from Alice was rounded out by Ken’s improv guitar. The lovely and talented Alysha Brillinger brought some polished and high energy covers accompanied by her Dad on bass. Hosts Christen Zuch and Michael Downing kept the show moving and contributed their own sounds: some original tunes from Christen and a sweet rendition of Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat by Mike. The closer for the evening was cellist and high tech aficionado Nick Storring using computer generated loops and effects to create a sound all his own. How nice to happen upon an evening of such great music!
This gathering has picked up momentum since I last visited (May 2011). There are now two nights a week dedicated to open mic music and spoken word. This fall Kristen is hosting a songwriting competition called “Beans Got Talent”. Prizes include a songwriting session with Ian Smith and 10 hours of studio time. Contact Wendy Hearn for details (firstname.lastname@example.org) – register by September 14th.
[Monday Night Deliverance, Little Bean Coffee Bar, 417 King St W, Kitchener, Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 – midnight]