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Country Joe McDonald running open mic in Berkeley

By kbender
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 8:10 am in Uncategorized.

Country Joe McDonald who still lives in Berkeley, is running an open mic at the
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall this Friday, Feb,. 27, organizers of the event said.

The event is at 7 p.m. and Country Joe will be back in town on March 27. 

Besides a steady touring schedule, Country Joe has been running the open mic for the last ten months.  “We need more spaces for people to play music. We’re going for the old-style coffee house atmosphere, where people can just relax and be themselves, and have a little fun,” he said in a news release.

The performer, who recorded 33 albums over a 40 year career, said he likes to hear new talent when he’s in town. This month’s event will feature bluesman Roger Brown, who runs his own blues jam on Sunday nights at Smokey Blues BBQ at 3415 Telegraph Ave. 

He usually plays with Billy and the Thrillers but he’ll be running solo for this performance.

The open mic is at 1924 Cedar Street at Bonita, two blocks below Shattuck in North Berkeley.  It is wheelchair accessible. Organizers are asking for a $5 to $10 donation for the open mic event. Performers may begin signing up at 5:30 p.m.

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