Open Mic at Java Good Day Cafe (231 Main Street, East Greenville) moves to the 2nd Friday of the month (just for January), so mark down January 9th, 2015 on your calendar; 7 p.m.
For this first Friday of the new year, it would be worth driving over to Bethlehem for dinner, drink, live music, or a chance at making your own glass snowman.
The Valley’s own Teresa Kane will be leading the Open Irish Music Jam Session at McCarthy’s Red Stag and Whiskey Pub (behind Donegal Square, 534 Main Street, Bethlehem, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, January 2, 2015. Stop by early for a good seat and good food, or show up a little later just for the music and a few drinks.
Irish traditional music sessions are mostly informal gatherings at which people play Irish Traditional Music, they can be for practice or show. You’ll sometimes see them called a seisiún, which is Irish for “session.”
The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an “open” session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome.
At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets.
And/or head across the river to South Bethlehem for the First Friday Make-Your-Own Workshop: Glass Snowman ($45) at the Banana Factory, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., or most check out their galleries before heading out to listen to Chuck Longecker sing and play guitar and harmonica at Cleo’s Silversmith Studio and Gallery (21 East Third, Bethlehem), hear the Jamie Snook and Greg Storat Acoustic Jam Duo at Tallariuo’s Chocolate (26 East Third, Bethlehem), check out the new photography exhibit at Fox Optical and Gallery from 7 – 10 p.m. (28 East Third, Bethlehem), and end at Godfrey Daniels to hear Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor ($18.50), starting at 8 p.m. (reservations might be needed, however).
If you can get in the door of the Bookstore Speakeasy (and it’s well worth the effort) and have a bit of cash leftover from the holidays, you might want to add one more stop (or start) to your Friday evening to hear the jazz band Edison Hot Mess, who describe themselves thusly;
We’ve plugged in (to some degree) and amplify our modestly authentic 20s-40s jazz to the masses. Edison’s Hot Mess respects the past, has fun in the present and tries to play around in the future.
The Bookstore Speakeasy (336 Adams Street, Bethlehem – South Side) has fantastic 1920’s atmosphere, an amazing prohibition-era cocktail menu, craft beers, and outstanding food. And did I mention they hand you a book when you get to the table? (Their menus are pasted on the pages inside the books.)