the TWO KNIGHTS - open mic recaps up to date

hello everyone - 

 j bone here - for the last few weeks the 2NITES have been hittin the open mic scene in the chicagoland area pretty hard and we have been having a hella rad time - 

i have been playing the open mics with my 3 string "big box" & king charles plays snare with brushes


here is a run down of where we have played so far -


#1 - thursday - july 28th 2011 - Gallery Cabaret 2002 n. oakley ave in chicago, il - it was hella awsome - very friendly host, the list was already quite full when we got there, but he gave us a great 1st timers slot - we played 3 quick songs just snare and my 3string "big box" git 

went off killer - got a good response - sold 2 cds @ 5$ each - got bought a couple drinks - and got smoked out & invited back by the host garret -

after our set - dude bought me a beer and ask about my git - talked with him for a bit about cbgs, tunings and slide and what not - then he ask me to sit in on a tune of theirs - 12 bar blues thing in A - i said hells yeah! - so that was rad - 


#2 & #3 thursday - august 11th - Redline Tap 7006 n. glenwood - chicago, il - Gallery Cabaret 2002 n. oakley - chicago, il

we got to the Redline Tap around 10pm - sign up sheet went out at like 8pm - so by the time we got there the only open spots were 1st and last - we sighed up for the first spot and played - we got a really good response - 

we hung out at Redline Tap for a couple acts after we played then we headed to the Gallery Cabaret to see if we could get another set off over there - we got to the Gallery got on the list and kicked out a second set for the night - again got a great response - 


#4 - monday - august 29th - The Store  2002 n. halsted - chicago, il

only a hand full of performers at this one - watched a couple acts - then we played - this drunk dude with an acoustic wanted to sit in with us - i said "cool man - we do 12 bar in G"  - he said "alright i'll follow along - could i by you guys a drink" - i said "yes sir - thanks"

the sound man records everyones set at this place and gives you a cd of your set when you are done for free - thats pretty cool - 


#5 tuesday - august 30th - Phyllis' Musical Inn 1800 w. division - chicago, il 

this one was really cool - when we arrived there was a blues duo {guitar & upright bass} playing some covers - we played after a couple acts & i asked the stand up bass player if he would sit in with us -

i don't think he really wanted to until he saw my 3 string "big box" and my slide come out - then he was in - i said "12 bar in G  lets go" - we did 2 originals, on the road again, and a short free jam 

we got a really good response - it was rad jammin with a stand up bass - 


#6 - wednesday - august 31st - Memories 4358 n. cicero ave. - chicago, il - 

this was an open jam more than an open mic - full backline & drum kit - hosted by a house band - played our 3 song set, then we were asked to play one more, so we did a short improve blues - i played my 3 string "big box" - again got a really great response and had a blast -


#7 - thursday - sept.1st - Gallery Cabaret 

we set out to play at the Redline, but by the time we got there the list was full - so we headed over to the Gallery Cabaret - got on the list and we played close to last - at the Gallery they give you a beer for performing - so thats pretty cool - took the law dog out to play this evening


#8 - monday - sept. 5th - Tonic Room - 2447 n. halsted - chicago, il

we had planned to play 2 places -the Store & Tonic room - the store did not have open mic going because of the holiday - so we headed down the street to Tonic room -

this place was kinda like a hip hop bar - we signed up to play - watched a rapper do his thing - we played our set - got a good response - watched another rap act then we hit the road - 


#9 -  tuesday - sept. 6th FitzGeralds - 6615 W. Roosevelt rd. - berwyn, il - 

this place is a somewhat well known roadhouse - lots of blues and folk types - played my 3 string "big box" - we got a great response and sold a couple cds 

the guy who runs the open mics plays harmonica and invited us back saying he would like to sit in with us next time - all in all went really well and got a really great response


#10 - wednesday - sept. 7th - Miss Kittys Saloon 634 E Ogden Ave
NapervilleIL - 

this place was cool - more of an open jam than open mic - signed up in a good position - watched a few acts before we played - we got a great response and were asked to play 1 more - so we did - 

made a couple good contacts at this show as well - some opening act / support gigs possibly  - we will see where it goes - 




#11 & #12 monday sept. 19th - The Store 2002 n. halsted - chicago, il & Tonic Room - 2447 n. halsted - chicago, il - 
i brought my Tinderbox cbg out to play this evening - we got to The Store early and got an early slot - saw a couple people from the first time we played there and they were interested in seeing us again so that was cool - we did our 3 songs, got a decent response, then boogied down to The Tonic Room


We got to the Tonic Room around 12 or 12:30 and they still had a few slots open so we got on - we played our set and got a decent response - the place was packed up good and had a different host than our previous time there - she was very friendly and we talked about some show possibilities for the future -


#13 tuesday sept. 20th FitzGeralds - 6615 W. Roosevelt rd. - berwyn, il -

this was our 2nd time playing here - played my Tinderbox cbg again - got there at 9 and the list was loaded - signed up #19 out of 22 - they were on #1 - we knew we would get to play, but not until around 12 -


so we headed out to The Flame in Countryside - we had heard they had and open mic on tuesday - the list was full when we got there, but made contact with the host for next time


From there we went to Tap Point in Forest Park - we heard of an open mic there as well - they switched it to sunday - so we went back over to Fitzgeralds and waited through a handful of acts and got our set & 
got a really good response -


#14 wednesday sept. 21st - Miss Kittys Saloon 634 E Ogden Ave Naperville, IL -

we played here a couple weeks ago and got a good response, - got there early - got a good slot on the list - we played 4 songs and got a good response - 

for this set i played 2 new "uncle crow" style cbgs i had built that morning - played 2 songs on 1 cbg & 2 songs on the other


#15 thursday sept. 22nd - Gallery Cabaret 2002 n. oakley ave in chicago, il

we got a late start this evening - we heard of a new place in the city Rewsters Cafe, so we headed over there, but got there around 11 and it was wrapping up - so we went to the Gallery Cabaret - the list was packed so we got on close to last - a couple decent performers - i played my 2 new cbgs, alternating each song - we got a good response and talked with a guy from a local band about maybe opening up an upcoming show for them - we'll see what happens -

alighty then - later 




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Comment by j bone on September 26, 2011 at 11:18am
hey uncle john - thanks for the comment - we / The 2 Knights have been gettin around - plantin the seeds that grow - ya know - - i like to build and whatnot, but i am a player first - gotta play -
Comment by Uncle John on September 24, 2011 at 9:31am

Wow, Bone.  That was quite a wee and lots of fun and success.  Chicago...  wow.   Cool you are showing off the cbg and home made music thing so well. 


I wish it would catch on big there and they would have a fest.  It would be cool for me to take Amtrac across Iowa to Chicago and maybe get to play.

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