There is a crowd of regulars who assemble at the appointed times to find their favorite spots for the night’s festivities. Some arrive early to have a late dinner and others arrive as work and family concerns will allow.
However, at 9 pm all other concerns begin to fade as the SoulMates begin to prepare to deliver the best entertainment in Portland. Jarrod has usually been playing pool to get loose. How pool loosens up a keyboard player and vocalist is anyone’s guess. Jaybird will slide in the side door with his guitar and gear and graciously greet some of the early arrivers. Reinhardt will bustle in last, lugging his drums and other percussives (“More cowbell!”) and hurriedly set up. Maybe it will be Jans on the congas tonight or perhaps it will be the great Bobby Torres (he played with Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth and Tom Jones among many others) who will play opposite Reinhardt or it could be the trio this evening.
Rhonda serves up the drinks and the best fish ‘n chips in the West and doesn’t stop serving until the night is done. She has managed to learn how step around customers and musicians alike with the grace of … well, probably Gale Sayers… because she has to move fast and keep from getting knocked down!
Finally, at 9.35 pm Jaybird Koder will welcome the Monday night crowd and the heavens open up and music descends!
And what divine music it is…
As Jaybird always says, “We’re gonna join you for some cocktails then be back after a break.”
And so will I…
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