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Second Thursday of the Month – CTBA Open Mic at The New World Deli, Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas: The Live Music Capital of the World

Second Thursday of the month, Open Mic Bluegrass Night with Eddie Collins managing the flow and The New World Deli graciously providing the space. We went expecting  college kids and young people shopping their bluegrass chops but instead found a bunch of second-lifers similar to ourselves ‘a pickin’ and a grinnin”. The three man bluegrass string band Flatiron shared the stage with Eddie Collins and any number of folks with stringed instruments willing to jump in for a song or two. The range was from ‘one and done’ to a number of folks with very polished presentations.

Capturing images was another case of ‘the tyranny of mic stand and cords’ combined with low light and a small stage space. We did our best.

The ‘crop tool’ earns high marks here.

Duane Calvin & Alice Moore of ‘The Better Late Than Never’

Bluegrass-Gospel Band

Mr. Eddie Collins, CTBA

Wide bluegrass envelope here : bluegrass flute!

Amazing number of banjo pickers in the crowd: Why is that?

‘Tie-Dye’ Jay Blincoe!

Her own words: ‘high maintenance ‘ and ‘naked without the guitar’!?!

We tried to do a fair and balanced job of capturing and presenting all the talent.

My apologies to the one bass player I know I missed.

Could have done better with folks names but maybe folks will supply me with names through their comments.

Great place: serving a good and hearty reuben sandwhich.

Good talent and friendly people – a super supportive atmosphere!

Nicely done Mr. Eddie Collins!

I would come back next month were I in town.


Posted by bigdawg on January 14, 2012
3 Comments Post a comment
  1. 01/15/2012

    Steve, You really caught the essence of the event. These are wonderful photos. Thanks for taking the time to do this. We’ll be in touch about possibly using one or more in our monthly newsletter.

  2. 01/15/2012
    Jerry Rabun

    Thank you so much for sharing your time and photographic talents with us. I can’t believe how ugly I’m getting but I guess it comes with the territory.

    We (me in particular) always have a lot of fun with this event and are blessed to have Eddie as a tireless and accomodating host.

  3. 02/11/2012
    Diana & Dan Ost

    Steve thanks for the photos! You made us two old folks look good, and we appreciate it! Hope you made it to South Texas safely and are enjoying your time there. Look us up if you come back through the Austin area.

    Diana & Dan


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