The Grape Room open mic


Dreaming Chris is headed to Manayunk’s Grape Room to warble along with the other open mic-ers this coming Monday, November 20th, around 8pm.

Be there, be square, be round, be oblong, be whatever you were meant to be. The world is a big place and this is one of its rooms.



Giggles & a Big Whump.

Second time at the Germantown Espresso Bar’s Listening Room last night, another solo go of it – a bit bumpy (forgot some words and chords to “Someone”, followed by a cover of the Big Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” and then another original, “Some Days”), but plowed through, nerveless and intact. Diverse group this evening, aged 10 to 51, but mostly 20-40-year-olds. Like being at a progressive, laid-back friend’s living room in a pre-gentrified neighborhood where local, out-of-the-woodwork artists can still roam free-range, before the boutiques and fusion restaurants invade.

The mix of fellow performers included a couple of precocious 10-year-olds and their familial entourage, covering Kamakawiwo’ole covering Garland and doing a precocious and strident original tune, a woman who could harmonize at the drop of a melody giggling her way through virtual assistant poetry based on search prompts such as the word “Butt” and “Do babies…”, and a singer/pianist giggling and meandering through three covers being supported by various people, a fellow from a band named after a barn doing originals and a cover, a couple of guys from the previous week doing a fine job with songs from the previous week, a woman who energetically played a Bach Invention on the house ivories, and the host, opening the proceedings with some nicely-crafted originals, projecting a friendly demeanor of attentive inclusivity and keeping his sang-froid after the mixer got pulled with an impressive thud to the floor…quite a variety show.

And they have good tea.

The Listening Room


*photo from the Listening Room’s Facebook page, past session.

Solo Thomas played at the Listening Room open mic, Germantown, this evening. Younger crowd than at the Mermaid Inn or Malelani Café, lots of talented peoples, friendly and welcoming. 99% guys this particular evening: incense, colored lights, and Man Vibe. One fellow with a suitcase full of guitar pedals, another with a suitcase full of harmonicas, a guy who invented a song on the spot, a woman singing the ends of lines beautifully, a hip-hopper, a poet, a few sardonic folkies, a big man with a big voice, and several more…just like being in your mid-late twenties, workin’ at the bookstore or the coffeeshop, being poor and skinny, full of youthful cynicism, and not knowing where you’re going…

Following the Siren into uncharted waters…


Good time tonight at the Mermaid Inn – we appreciated the warm response, especially for original tunes (Dreams Tonight, Rawr, and Some Days), and enjoyed hearing the talented folks before us. Sincere apologies for our uncouth, hasty retreat – work-work to do tonight and gotta wake up at 6am for the morning commute…but thanks for a happy moment and we hope to see the friendly folks at the Mermaid’s Pad again in the not-too-distant future!


The Mermaid Inn open mic


Dreaming Norm & Dreaming Chris are going to crash the open mic at the Mermaid Inn on Wednesday, November 8th, 6pm-ish, at 7673 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.

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Come check us out before yo’ mama does.

The Listening Room


Dreaming Chris is going to play the open mic at Germantown’s the Listening Room, exposing a suspecting audience to original songs. This great little gathering place started their open mics last December and have been attracting an eclectic group of musicians ever since.

Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm, 26 Maplewood Mall, Germantown, Philadelphia, 19144. *above the Germantown Espresso Bar

Open mic at the Headhouse, October 21st, 2017.

22550335_10214308213800174_6089168045358582963_o copy.jpgA grand evening out with our buddies and pals and buddies from the Musical Achievers (thanks for making the Big Fun with us!) at Saito-san’s (Mama Sushi) Headhouse open mic, with its festively cosmic window lights – framed by the universe, as we were. Was fun to play some more after the flea market gig earlier in the day, with originals in the mix and meeting talentuous new friendlies, and the eating of the sushis. Thanks to “TD Bank” Michelle for the photos. ; )

22550462_10214308214640195_4906821453164312511_o copy.jpgRockin’ Society Hill with the lads, one lead sheet at at time.

22553370_10214309661916376_3199689251532827090_o.jpgMichelle and Rahul doing the Tom Petty.


Wavy Locks Michelle and “Let’s Have a Damn Good Time” Jerry, enjoying one heck of a day off.

22555672_10214308216560243_3059198284518510176_o.jpgChinatown lineup (minus drums and percussion) doing some Cold, Cold Black Magic for you and me.


Capitolo Flea Market, October 21, 2017.


Couldn’t have asked for a sunnier day to fill the airwaves with today’s classic sounds of yester-century. Thanks to Capitoloists Rita and Denise for welcoming us and being enthusiasmic and of very good cheerful. Thanks-you to our friends who came out to have a concerted listen, and spestcially to Linda and Jerry for documentering and thus making the event a re-memorable, and to Jerry for the backroom dealmakering (now I can go to eleven if so I choose). Our first gig in the Larger World with Norm back in the folder, amonkst us.

22729078_1501181619968575_3983070962806125208_n.jpgPlaying for you and me (and your little brother, and your grandma, and that crusty neighbor with the little furball that doesn’t fool anyone anyhow with its yapping bravado).

22549892_1501181493301921_2731639977648015426_n.jpgRon, Painted Girl, Rahul, Cap, Christo-Pierre, and Norm, all staring at the ground with an intensity to make the very rocks crack beneath our well-soled feet.


Ron pelting the skins, bare-handedly and with aplomb (or two).


Pseudo-gallic prisoner out on a weekend pass.


Smooth Fingers Rahul on lead.

22555071_1501181589968578_4701267476250537853_n.jpgIslands, sub-continents, über land masses…and Jersey – many flavors at the salad bar.

22770791_1736897759655865_2702559637877983090_o.jpgAll the usual subsets, the whole lineup, including Painted Girl, our new mascoff.

22548991_1736897752989199_3515650214762863864_o.jpgSmooth Fingers layin’ down some quality, high-end, melodic runs for the Black Magical Woman and her lusty entourage of healthy femininity.






Golden chestnut warhorses soon to be supplemented with music from the 21st century…we may go left we may go right, but expect heavenly choirs of angels and those chords that go bump in the night…

Capitolo Flea Market & Headhouse Open Mic


Hey everyone! We’ll be playing amongst the deal-getters and the food vendors at Capitolo’s Flea Market tomorrow at 11am, 9th and Federal Streets, South Philadelphia. Come check out the action while you search for treasure as we welcome back our guitarist Norm from his Far East travels. Many thanks to bassist/singer Jerry Kern for stepping in during our recent Chinatown Asian Night Market festival appearance. His positive energy, excellent bass chops, and great rock’n’roll voice will be missed!


We’ll also be hosting the Headhouse’s (122 Lombard, 19147 Center City) open mic in the evening, starting at 8:15pm for signups. Come on down and sign up for a slot or just take a seat and enjoy the sushi and the eclectic talent!