For a couple years now, I've been quite a regular at Eddie's Attic. Not only do I love live music, but I love the vibe that I always get in Eddie's Attic. This is one of those unique venues that caters to the acoustic singer-songwriters, newbies and professionals alike. It consistently offers listeners the chance to hear new, quality music from people all over the world who travel to Atlanta to perform at this highly regarded location.
One very special thing that Eddie's Attic is known for is their weekly Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Night, which is held nearly every Monday night. Each week, the musicians get to compete for a winning position which gives them a golden ticket to the bi-annual Open Mic Shoot-out, resulting in cash prizes and a solo show at Eddie's. You can find about 12-20 musicians performing on any given open mic night. Tonight was no different.
My girlfriends and I decided we needed a chill girls night, complete with music and liquid fun. I've attended at least a half dozen times and knew that this would be the perfect evening for us. Everyone who performed had talent, but I must say, a handful shined just a little brighter for me... so I feel the need to brag on them.
Christopher Bell. I knew the moment he stepped up onto the stage that he was going to be a little different. He had on black-rimmed glasses and was carrying a cello. AMEN to something different and making a classic instrument so fresh and interesting! His words were poignant and his sound was quirky and it blended together in such a refreshing way that I have to say, "thank you!"
Katie. I didn't catch her last name, but Katie, if you're reading this, give me a shout so I can give you proper credit! Great song choices. Great writing. Super cute voice. I love to see multiple sides of a musician. With Katie, at the ripe age of nineteen, we saw a tender side in her first song about knowing you've found the one you're meant to be with, but also having the wisdom to understand that you found that person at the wrong time in your life. Then, she had us all cracking up during a song that went a little like, "TGIF is such an understatement when you used to date someone in the workplace." It's nice to see someone so young with such an ability to work the crowd.
Abe Parker. Oh, Abe. You have some new fans. Abe won the evening's prize and rightfully so. He stepped up onto the stage like anyone else, but the moment the first note left his lips during his mic check, my friend and I simultaneously let out a "mm"... because it was simply perfect. I wish I'd written down more about the first song he sang, other than the title, "Duh", but I did make a few notes on his second song that had us all wiping goofy grins off our faces. It was called "Little Sister" and he wrote it for his little sister before she went off to school. How adorable (and totally not in the cheesy way). "I'm always your big brother and you're always my sunshine...". Not only were the songs he performed superb, but he did it with such an easiness about him and with a voice that one can't help but be captivated by. Keep an eye on this guy, folks. You'll be hearing his name soon enough.
Look some of these guys up and if you're ever in Atlanta, try to swing by Eddie's for the open mic night. I guarantee there will be someone who catches your ear and brings a smile to your face. It'll be the best $6 you ever spent. And hey, maybe you'll run into me there as well. :)
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