Angela Smith, Cindy Harrington, City Events, City Life, Madison WI, Music, open mic, POETRY, Restaurants, Things to do/Places to go, Tom Zografi, University Students, ZuZus

You’ve Got To Listen To the Music!

Dont you feel it growin, day by day
People gettin ready for the news
Some are happy, some are sad
Oh, we got to let the music play
What the people need
Is a way to make em smile
It aint so hard to do if you know how
Gotta get a message
Get it on through

Oh now mama, dont you ask me why

Oh, oh, listen to the music
Oh, oh, listen to the music
Oh, oh, listen to the music
All the time

Lyrics by Tom Johnston Performed by The Doobie Brothers

Tonight was open mic night at ZuZu’s. Mainly it’s musicians but I read three original poems. Actually I did 2 poems and one experimental Granny rap without any music to back it up. I’d love to find a musician to work with and write lyrics. I wanted to talk it over with one of the regulars after the program but she had other stuff going on and there was no time. Some other time.It was a grand open mic! Wowsers! What good vibes there were rocking and rolling in that house tonight! Cindy Harrington, Angela Smith and Tom Zografi are the co-hosts of this shebang and this trio of musicians makes music friends and neighbors. Plus they draw in some damn fine musicians to join in the songfest.

Tom Zografi opened the show with some really mellow acoustic guitar. Lovely voice. Beautiful original lyrics. Then Kathleen Camilla King did a Beatles tribute in honor of John Lennon’s birthday on the 9th on her mandolin.

Then Angela Smith on acoustic bass (nice very nice), Tom Zografi on acoustic, and Dave Holloway on acoustic. Hicham Lachgar on bongo got up there and really gave us a show. It was wonderful. I should have written down the songs they did. Dave Holloway is new to town and damn that boy can play and sing!

Mark Germain treated us to some lovely classical acoustic after that. I could sit and listen to him play all night long. Technically almost perfect. I’d say perfect but I’d get jumped on for hyperbole. Wonderful feeling. Beautiful sound.

Alicia (Alliey) Thomas sings acapella and she doesn’t sing the easy songs. She goes for the high notes and the ones you need lots of lung power for. She and Angela Smith did a duet called “Down Deep” that I really liked. I’ve heard Angela do it alone and Alicia added some power to it.

More from the band with Ken Kobak joining in with his electric guitar. Then Robin Green, fresh from Arizona who is attending Edgewood College got up there with her acoustic guitar there and brought the house down with her rockin’ and a rollin’! Damn but that girl can make you want to move!

Then ‘Just Duet’ Cindy Harrington and Angela Smith’s duo closed the night out and we were all jamming together at the end with Beatles’ songs. An obvious good time was had by all.

II know I left some stuff out because there was just so much happening there it’s hard to remember it all and sort it out into a coherent Blog. I know I had one heckuva good time at ZuZu’s and the food is reasonably priced and ymmy. I had the Spanikopita which came to my table in a jiffy, so hot I had to let it cool down to eat it! And it was wonderful! All fast food should be this good!

“The Trio” of Angela Smith, Dave Holloway and Tom Zografi is playing at ZuZu’s October 13th and open mic is every Thursday. ‘Just Duet’ and “The Trio” are available for hire and they play just about anything that sounds great with vocal harmonies and guitars. They can be reached by contacting Cindy Harrington at or phone # (608) 843-7933 or Angela Smith (608) 212-0533.



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