I had the opportunity to help start another coffeehouse in Bethlehem tonight at the Terra Cafe, in the former Wildflowers, just over the tracks from Godfrey’s. A nice crowd of patrons, and the new owners and their great little kid.
The opening set went to Juan Carlos and Mike Fritz, incredible mouth music (yes, music) and cool bass. The perfect (and friends, the intonation was perfect) opener and set the bar pretty high.
I got to go next, and my task was to readjust the bar, downwards. So we ‘Shooed That Fly’. I invited bassist Mike up to jam with ‘Smoking Babies’, and nice groove with bass, and we wailed on Bo Diddley. One of the best one note bass solos I’ve ever heard…. damn. And the little kid (one year old?) just had a great time. His smiles lit my night.
Strange, though I was beat from the long, long day, I felt energized by the thought of playing out, playing out on the SouthSide, playing out a new coffeehouse, and thinking back to 35 years ago, when I tried the same thing. How cool is that?