Don’t be alarmed if you’re hearing about this for the first time. I kept it on the down down low!
Anyway, last Monday, December 19th, I was invited by Lady Basco to guest host speakeasy at The Last Bookstore in downtown. She texted me the week before (hey, can I ask you for a solid?). My first response was… what is a solid? Once I figured that out and she informed me that she would be busy with her band and needed someone to fill in, I told her yes! Of course I had no idea what I was getting into!
This was my first time hosting an open mic! It was pretty fun. Although, I admit it’s a little tougher than it seems especially with keeping the energy up throughout the whole night… which is very different from sharing something. When you’re sharing, you’ve got either something memorized or written down and you’ve just got to hold it together for 2-5 minutes. When you’re hosting, you’ve got to hold it down for 2-3 hours! I was lucky to have the support I did in Big Doxx, stephanie, and my CG folks! Plus, a full house that night and an all around fresh group of open mic-ers. I love the diverse and eclectic crowd that always comes to speakeasy btw!!!!
Aside from the mic stand issues (it kept getting stuck!), I made sure to keep things moving and share whatever insight I had with everyone. There was an award ceremony. That was awesome! I had a joke or two up my sleeve (thanks, Kevin Mai!) and talked about nervous gas… it was glorious! By the end of the night, the crowd had died down a little but I was glad to connect with those who stuck around. Someone stole my pen… but I’m okay with that.
It was a memorable experience and I had fun. I’m glad I did it and hope people had a good time but I sure am glad Lady Basco is coming back! Her energy was definitely missed… mostly by me!
Speakeasy every Monday night 9-12am:
The Last Bookstore: