How was I unaware of this? Me, a music fanatic. How did I not know about the best Monday night event that's been taking place for about five years?
To be fair, a son that's entering his teens and other freeing circumstances have opened up my schedule a bit more than it was in the past. But honestly, this weekly event doesn't interfere with most people's schedules.
I have long complained of the late starting times for shows on weeknights. It makes no sense to me. How many working folk can stay out until 1 or 2 in the morning on a work night?
I'd always thought that a bar could make a good niche for itself by going contrary to this and having live acts take to the stage earlier. My theory may be wrong though, since the turn out at Pug Mahone's for this Monday night affair is not what it should or could be.
I have yet to mention that every month the bar has a beer on tap that they sell for $1 a pint, all the time. Presently it's Dundee's Festive Ale. It's crazy I tell ya'. Oh, and don't forget about the delicious soft shelled tacos that run $1.50 each on Mondays.
And back to the main reason to go, the music. If you're unfamiliar with Jim Tigue he's been a fixture on the local music scene for 24 years. He fronts the band Tie Dye Harvest. Tigue and long time friend and fellow musician Eroc are also founders of the popular Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here.
Tigue invites an area musician to join him every week as well. The first set is usually just him and his guitar doing a wide ranging run through of rock, blues and folk songs. In the second set he's joined by the "special guest" for the evening. Sometimes other musicians may show up as well to join in. The night is full of spontaneity which can lead to magical moments.
Here's the list of upcoming friends:
11/22: Dwayne Dickman (guitarist)
11/29: Anne E. Dechant (singer/songwriter/guitarist, now living in Nashville)
12/6: Eroc (a night of nothing but Rolling Stones)
12/13: Rich Spina (keyboardist)
12/20: Colin Dussault
12/27: Paul Baker (co-founder of Irish band Brigid's Cross)
So let me summarize. Live music from some talented folk, dollar drafts of decent beer, good tacos for a dollar fifty, and the most important fact, an early start and finish time that'll have you in bed at a decent hour and not feeling guilty or regretting it the next day at work.
Count me in as a regular. See you there.