Ahhh Folly Beach. It is its own Charleston way of life. My first visit here was about a week ago and I immediately fell in love with its Caribbean feel and people. After spending several years in south Florida I have become very attached to the beach life. While it is WAY off the beaten path compared to downtown Charleston it is worth the trek.
Now back to Chico Feo.
A locals beach bar at its best. All outdoor (at least all that I saw) it looks like an adult beach side city park with beer and kickass food. Filled with 25-50 year old regulars I felt right at home. The “WHITE LINE COWBOYS” set was long, interactive, and baddass.
The highlight for me was when Mike Martin asked an 8 year old boy what he wanted to hear and his response was “roll me up and smoke me when I die” during which he sat in on the drums. AWESOME!!!
It was a perfect night that I was blessed to be a part of.
Now I can’t wait for the next show in southern Indiana at the “HYPERION MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL”
One of the main goals of The Acoustic Room is to create a space for artists to unite and coop the costs of maintaining a creative space. Wednesdays is ‘Artists United’, it’s open mic with a mission. Come create and celebrate with people.
“I’ve been listening to live music for 30 years, and this is one of the most relaxed venues I’ve ever been to. And everyone actually seems to be listening to the music, instead of talking over it.”
This was one of the first things I heard when I walked through the doors of The Acoustic Room this past Saturday, and it sums up my experience very well. I walked in at 9:00 as the warm-up act, Drew Gruntle, was playing Sixth Avenue Heartache by The Wallflowers. Around 9:30, the music quieted down as the Indiana Ramblers prepared to take the stage, but you hardly noticed it as conversation filled the void.
The Acoustic Room may be a music venue, but it’s also a place for community. The walls are covered in artwork from local artists, and the letters from Doc’s Music Hall hang over the tables. But it’s not just the décor that gives The Acoustic Room life; it’s the people inside it. I watch as people jump from conversation to conversation, with PBR’s and Rolling Rock tallboys in hand. As I’m watching, I’m joined by a group of people who were visiting The Acoustic Room for the first time. After a few minutes of conversation, I know how they all met, and they’re asking me when my girlfriend and I are getting married and how many kids we’re having (not soon and none, just in case you’re wondering). In almost any other context, this would have been annoying, but something about the vibe of the room makes conversation seem more relaxed and sincere.
Before long, Indiana Ramblers come on stage. I’m not a bluegrass aficionado, but I can appreciate good live bluegrass, and it was delivered. While I’m drinking my White River Stout (beer brewed in Muncie at New Corner Brewery), I listen to original music and covers of other artists. Of course, what is a bluegrass show post-2013 without a cover of Wagon Wheel? Naturally, this becomes a sing-along for the whole crowd. After a few more songs, I call it a night. As I walk home, I hear the music fade away behind me, but Wagon Wheel is still rolling around in my head.
#FMMusiclive has partnered up with CRB Entertainment to co-produce a new community space in Muncie, IN (One of FM’s company headquarters). The Acoustic Room is the listening room located at The Common Market, which also features local coffee, vinyl records and urban provisions.
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We are kicking off our first official weekend with a free bluegrass show with The Indiana Ramblers! Give them a listen here:
Thank you to everyone who has already acquired one of our limited edition “Make Music, Not War” t-shirts! Your purchases go straight towards funding the Michael Martin Band on the road and help spread the message of peace and love. If you haven’t encountered our traveling road circus yet please come out to a show to shake your boots with us and pick up a shirt directly. You can also purchase the “Make Music, Not War” t-shirt in our online shop if you want one shipped to you right meow. See you out on the lonesome highway!
Muncie native Katie Garringer brings her talents and music back home from Cincinatti, OH for an evening of folk music… Join Katie Garringer, Derek Young, Lillian Hollyday, and possibly a few other surprise guests for a gorgeous evening of original folk tunes at the lovely Living Room on Jackson St. in downtown Muncie. This will hopefully be the first of several shows at this venue!!
$5 at the door, $2 with student I.D. (it doesn’t have to be yours…;-) )
David Childers is a musician, historian, painter & attorney out of Concord, NC. FM will be ringing in spring in style this Saturday at The Royal American with performances by David, The Michael Martin Band, Ripley & The Ghost & Mayday Malone. Tickets are only $5 and can be bought at the door.
The fine folks at Awendaw Green know how to throw a party. Every Wednesday the folks out in Awendaw get together to share love and music. The MMB and David Childers shared the stage, and got together for a Childers classic ‘The Prettiest Thing’!