Open Mic Set Lists, July 2015, The Hub, Grand Forks, ND

I had another great time playing songs at The Hub open mic last night. This time my set list gravitated towards the guy who said he liked my voice, even though he figured I didn’t like it myself, and said I sounded like Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Well, I do like my voice, although I always find it a little unwieldy. Last night, it felt really good though. And so did my guitar. I strummed it harder than I usually do, with more energy than I usually portray, and without a pick! The intro riff to “Blister In The Sun” took off like a cannon ball on the street, and the crowd sang along and cheered with the introduction of every new song. Too bad that guy wasn’t there this time to hear it.

Here are the songs I played, 7/21/15:

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Turn It On – The Flaming Lips
To Ramona – Bob Dylan
Better Man – Pearl Jam
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
She Don’t Use Jelly – The Flaming Lips
Chewin’ The Apple Of Your Eye – The Flaming Lips
Superhumans – The Flaming Lips
Good Feeling – Violent Femmes

Here are the songs I played last week Tuesday, July 14th. I was thinking a lot about baseball and summertime.

Centerfield – John Fogerty
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter – Herman’s Hermits / Trevor Peacock
The Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
American Pie – Don McLean
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

And here are the songs I played the week before that, July 7th, 2015:

Abandoned Love – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground
Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground
I’ll Keep It With Mine – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning Coming Down – Kris Kristofferson
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

Every one of these nights was a lot of fun, and each one seems like it was even better than the last. I especially like it when the crowd sings along, and when other musicians come up and sing or play guitar with me on a few numbers. I can’t wait for next time; I’ve already started scribbling song list ideas for at least three different sets. It’s always interesting how different songs can be arranged together to form a loosely connected set list whole. That’s another very rewarding part about playing the open mic.