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The Rock-itt : November 2010
Throughout the Northern Beaches we have a large underground of singer songwriters, cover artists comics and poets, some are aspiring professionals others just want somewhere to perform their material on a real audience. Around our beaches there are venues which support our art. This article is about shining a light on the venues and artists who keep the music and art alive. “OPEN MIC’s are back on the beaches” The “L.A.” Café. 41 Old Barrenjoey Rd Avalon, held its inaugural ‘Open Mic” on Sunday the 3 rd of October and will be held every first Sunday of the month. (Contact Mal 0417421172) Dave Lafleur, the proprietor of “L.A.”(Little Avalon) and his brother Rick, have long been staunched supporters of the local live music scene, (seems there’s always something happening at “LA”, a family friendly venue where you can wine, dine and relax in the beer garden or comfortable restaurant inside. Check out “Little Avalon” on facebook) This was the first Open Mic I’d organized and I must admit I was a little unsure if I could fill the card with enough acts as the NRL grand final was on at the same time. Well, I was more than over whelmed at the positive response and support from, Billy Hyde Music Mona Vale, the Avalon community and the large number of quality local acts coming out to join the show which attracted a large and appreciative audience, some who turned out to see their friends and family perform, or others just to see and hear the local emerging talent. I nervously opened the show at 3pm with only a hand full in the audience, but by the time the next act Sacha was finished the beer garden was filling quickly and the show was in full swing (no time for nerves now). Vivian and Eliot performed their polished set before a quartet of young Avalon men from Barrenjoey High came on and “rocked the house”. At 14-15yrs (Jesse, James, Nick and Addison), played with enthusiasm and a maturity only practice can bring. The audience was ecstatic so I asked the boys to do a few more numbers, they replied “We only practiced three songs” so, they played two instrumentals one a cover and an original (no lyrics yet). Both songs had a lot of the audience (including me) up and dancing. (I can’t wait for the lyrics to the original). As I went to the mic to introduce the guys I asked their band name and they said “nothing yet that’s a decision pending” and that’s how I introduced them “Decision Pending” and they will performing at the L.A. Open Mic onthe7 th of November. I for one am looking forward to their next show. That was a hard act to follow but Elizabeth Briggs did a marvellous job, her song ‘Around in Cars’ is simply brilliant. Then we had the pleasure of Jaymai Johnson performing some of her originals. Jaymai, also has developed a web site (www.thestrawberryswitchblade. com.au) aim ed at placing emerging artists with smaller venues that might best suit the venue’s environment.