A couple of weeks ago I visited the Dunedin Brewery (the oldest craft brewery in Florida – steps away from the Pinellas Trail) to check on the live music. I had visited several years ago and discovered a happening open mic that drew lots of talent. At that time I took the stage after full bands covering Rush and Led Zeppelin to share some solo originals on ukulele. I felt out of my depth but was given a warm welcome.

This time there was a house band who served as hosts as well as playing back-up for any interested parties. Musicians were invited to share originals to “keep it fresh”. Bands changed up as drummers and guitarists sat in with different musicians; fiddle and saxophone and singers added their colours to the stage. A good number of cover songs were mixed with instrumental rock and funk tunes.

Instead of the brave solo uke performance I did last time, two of us (self-described “old folkies”) got up to play a couple of originals. We were joined by an obliging back-up band of bass, percussion and keyboard which was very fun!

I always like to have some pics of the signs associated with the venue or event, and I was happy to see this statement of welcome:

Overall, a high energy open mic with a welcoming vibe – bring your energy and join in! And check out the calendar for live music and events almost every night of the week.

[Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, Florida; every Wednesday 8-12; no cover]