Saturday, May 20, 2006

Oliver Twist Open Mic, Thursday, June 1, 2006
So I've decided to give open mics another try after a long hiatus. Went to see an old friend, Rebecca Lynne, perform last night in Durham, along with Dawn McDaniel Graff, and Jeff Mandler. Haven't seen Rebecca for ages. Rebecca told me that the Oliver Twist open mic is the best open mic she's been to, so I'm going to give it a shot.

Local radio station 100.7 hosts the open mic, and will actually play their favorite songs from the open mic on Sunday nights at 11pm on 100.7. Maybe I'll make it on the radio. Regardless, I'm curious to see what the open mic at Oliver Twist is like.

Come on out if you can! Drop me a line to tell me if you're planning on showing up. My apologies for the "underaged", Oliver Twist is probably 21-and-up only.

Oliver Twist
8111-137 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27613
(919) 844-4426

Google Maps link to strip mall shopping center

(100.7's Singer/Songwriter Open Mic information)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Whoa! Looks like the Six String Cafe is resurrecting!

Helios Six String Café

Helios Coffee Company
413 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC

is merging with

Six String Café and Music Hall
Formerly of MacGregor Village, Cary, NC

For Release May 16, 2006

Helios Coffee Company and The Six String Café and Music Hall have
announced a joint venture that will combine the two companies. The
combination brings together Raleigh's premier coffee house with one
of the Southeast's leading music venues. This summer construction
will begin for the new Six String Café Music Hall on the second floor
of Helios Coffee's building at 413 South Glenwood Avenue. When the
expanded facility is ready this fall, customers will be able to

• the finest coffees and espresso in the Triangle (AOL On Line,
• a state-of-the-art music performance venue, featuring Six
String's stable of national class musicians, playing acoustic music
ranging from bluegrass and folk to rock to jazz and blues
• an upstairs bar overlooking Glenwood South, with all ABC
permits, serving top shelf mixed drinks, fine wines, and beers on tap
• an expanded menu, featuring tapas and fine desserts

The joint venture that brings together Helios Coffee and The Six
String Café is being created by Gray Medlin, who started Helios in
2002, and David Sardinha, who founded The Six String in 2001. Ann
Robinson-Stiles has been named General Manager of Helios Six String
Café and will be in charge of day to day operations.

Gray Medlin commented, "We started Helios to be Raleigh's meeting
place for social gatherings, culture and business in a friendly,
relaxed, yet artistically vibrant atmosphere. From the beginning,
art and music have been an important part of Helios. In coming
together with The Six String and its roster of internationally known
musicians, we are confirming our commitment to excellence—whether
it's the finest espresso in town or the very best in acoustic music.
Our expanded facility will give us more room for our customers to
enjoy fine coffee and great food and drink in a setting that offers
the best in art and music. We couldn't be more excited."

Dave Sardinha added, "This joint venture brings together the best of
both of our worlds. We had our challenges at our old Cary location,
both in the space we were using and in the facility itself. The
Glenwood South facility is just what we needed…a great location with
two separate spaces, one focusing on music performance and the other,
a place for folks to gather and have fun. Over the last five years,
more than 1,200 musicians asked to play The Six String because of its
national reputation. We are delighted to be bringing them to a high
quality establishment like Helios."

Construction of the second floor music room and bar is scheduled for
completion in the fall of 2006. Clearscapes, P.A. of Raleigh are the
architects for the project. Medlin and Sardinha plan to begin
producing live shows on a limited basis in Helios existing first
floor space this summer.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Robinson-Stiles, General Manager helioslivemusic@yahoo.com Gray Medlin, 919/828-8200 David Sardinha, 919/522-7965 or dstar@prodigy.net

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