The Sunny Side

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My front porch in Old Town Eureka is known as The Sunny Side. Southern exposure, protected from the wind, it is an ideal place to sit and play old timey tunes and watch the parade go by.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Goodnight Irene

The final Has Beans Open Mic was held Saturday, Nov. 18. We sang Goodnight Irene one last time. More pics at Picasa Web Album.Posted by Picasa


Blogger Fred said...

Why did they stop doing Open Mic?

6:59 AM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

Three months ago the manager got the idea that it should end at 9 pm instead of 9:30. I told him that I had a hard enough time ending it at 9:30 as it was such a popular weekly event and I didn't want to be a part of the change and quit as host. They hired a new host but the earlier hours proved to be unpopular, very few folks came and it made no money. So the owner pulled the plug.

7:36 AM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

It's worth mentioning that the manager and the employees of Has Beans haven't worked there very long and had nothing to do with the success of the open mic. It was started by Eric, the old manager, and Don Haupt, the Asst. Manager. I was involved in the original discussion. Eric left, Don became manager and asked me to host. When I had a gig Saturday night with my band Slackjaw my old pal Stevo would host. When Slackjaw disbanded I hosted full time. Don moved away and an entire new crew started working and really didn't see the point of the open mic. The owner lives in Chico and probably has no idea that the hours were changed. He only knows that it stopped making money. It was a very good four year run. I would always ask about the reciepts and it would make sometimes more than a hundred bucks for the shift. One night $180. They always made enough to pay me and the barista. It was good free advertising for Has Beans, created goodwill, and brought in business that they wouldn't have had.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Jim Liebgott-Osinga said...

I am very sorry to hear that the open mic is gone. Many people probably don't know that it was one of the early ones (maybe the first) in Eureka in the latest popular run of open-mic-nights (last time I was there, they were all over Eureka). But Has Beans was the one that got the ball rolling, and, for my money, the one that defined the standard. It will be greatly missed.

8:49 AM  
Blogger hucktunes said...

Yeah, we had many a good time there, Jim. Good music and good company. The acoustics are the best of any building in Eureka. And really that it what inspired Eric and Don to start the open mic. To take advantage of the wonderful rich sound of the building. No need for amps and mics. I love to play my fiddle in there. I would announce that the lack of a mic didn't mean that the words open mic were a lie, but a paladrome. Good to see you, Jim. We miss you.

9:16 AM  

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