Maxwell’s Music House has been open for about three years and has presented many talented players. On Tuesday nights, the stage is opened to all comers and I had heard that it can be a busy place. My first impression, however, was underwhelming. There weren’t more than half a dozen people there at the scheduled 9 pm start and there seemed to be a very loose structure to the evening without anyone playing the role of host. I did enjoy some original tunes from Jay & Wendy (two of the four members of mennogroove) and Don Sawchuk.

I think this venue needs a return visit to experience it with a full house to really get an idea what it’s like. Despite the best efforts of the performers the ambiance was a little flat.

[Maxwell’s Music House, 220 King St N, Waterloo; every Tuesday 9 pm – 1am, sign up at 8 pm]