January 19, 2010
Jeremy Owen has worked hard to train his voice to be his best instrument. If, instead, he’d allowed his career track to be influenced by his failures, he might not be releasing his fourth CD, let alone his first.
“I have been humiliated off more stages on open mic nights than I can count,” said the Issaquah resident. “And each time, I said I’d never do that again. Then, one day, no one was complaining.”
Having performed for just about every type of audience, Owen said his latest CD, “Rum of Faith,” marks a return to the music best enjoyed by a smaller, more intimate audience. That’s why he chose to debut it at Vino Bella, with its intimate café setting.
While “Rum of Faith” is a return to an all-acoustic set, Owen described his music that can be tweaked to be enjoyed by any crowd, from heavy metal to country. Read more
January 26, 2009
“A coward dies a thousand deaths.”
The night began with an empty chair and a microphone, but one by one, some of Issaquah’s writers, thinkers and observers came to the stage to bare their thoughts and feelings to the crowd in the form of poetry.
“It is an act of personal courage, and anyone who doesn’t understand that needs to try it,” Nancy Talley said. “Poetry is about a multitude of voices, and when you put together the multitude of voices, it’s a great joy to hear.”
The would-be poets gathered Jan. 20 for the first Open Mic Poetry Readings at Vino Bella Wine and Espresso Bar. Talley, who hosted the event, formulated the idea.
The night brought together six writers, including Talley, who read their works to an unusually packed Tuesday night crowd. Read more