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The Merc Playhouse in Twisp hosts an open mic from time to time. It’s a great opportunity for musicians to perform in a professional setting with great acoustics and good lighting and also a comfortable audience. The Merc underwent a remodel last year and while I thought it was good before, it’s even better now. There is more seating and the acoustics have been improved. If you are nearby, I highly suggest that you take it in as a participant or an audience member.



Finish with a flourish






Gudron’s music is cued up




Ken loves performing at the Merc




What key?


Oh, that one





Steve did a heartfelt version of Christmas in the Trenches



I did not catch this young man’s name. He did some original works.


Once again, the Open Merc, an open mike at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp, provided lots of entertainment, surprises and also a few goodbyes. There were quite a few musicians, including my own husband Ken Bevis playing guitar and singing with Egon Steinebach on the harmonica, Brad and Eileen Pinkerton, Celeste and Kip Roberts, Biff and the Apostles (Brad and Peter and Paul) and several others. Josh and Tara surprised us with their original Methow reggae featuring banjo and medlodica! Everyone was talking about it. Sadly, Brad and Eileen are leaving this valley to move their musical lives to Westport on the ocean. We wish them well and hope that Westport is ready for them. This is rather a long set of photos but the evening was so lovely, how could I stop? Wish you could hear the music too.


Egon sets up and also does the sound and lights for the Open Merc. Thanks, Egon.


Brad and Eileen


Tara playing the melodica


In the winter around here, you rarely see anyone wearing nice shoes. To be truthful, even in the summer. We just live in boots or sandals most of the time. Thanks Tara.


Eileen captures Biff and the Apostles on her phone


Happy musicians


We love that old time music










Egon and Ken closed out the evening





Last week’s Open Merc began with the Terry Hardesty band and musical guests John Weeks, Egon Steinebach, and Buzz Brose. It was a good start to a fun evening of music featuring muscians from near and far. One fellow reportedly came all the way from Alaska. Next Open Merc is May 18th.

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Open Merc is an open mic session at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The music varies all over the spectrum and is always entertaining. It’s free to the performers and the audience and happens about once a month. Ken had a work meeting so was late getting there. He got to play last and had great backup with out of town musicians and local harmonica favorite – Egon Steinebach.

So we made it to Open Merc in Twisp this week. Lots of good local musicians playing a nice mixture of original music and famous tunes as well. The Merc has great acoustics and is a wonderful place to hear music. I think they said the next one will be March 23rd. But check with the Merc  website to make sure. Don’t rely on my memory! If you are wondering about some of the props in the background, the Merc is also having rehearsals for its upcoming play – The Hobbit. Ken was the last to perform and he had two really fun accompianists – Egon Steinebach on harmonica and Brad Pinkerton playing the mandolin.

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