‘It’s always interesting to try out a new open mic. Dan Magnolia now hosts one at the Black Squirrel, in Dunn Loring, Virginia, every other Tuesday. It's easy to find, just around the corner from the metro station, runs from 8pm onwards, and you can sign up in advance, which is handy as it's quite a schlep from the other side of DC.
The first night I went the heating had failed, and it was perishing cold inside the venue, so cold that people were wearing coats inside. It took a while for fingers to warm up, especially as I hadn't played for a while, but I enjoyed the night. It's an open mic that's run well, is welcoming, and features a wide range of artists. I'll be back there.
Here's links for the two songs I played on my first visit, Tuesday 7th November. Filmed on an old flip from the back so excuse the grainy quality (or lack of it).
"Mandolin, Violin and Saw"
"I Tried To Write A Byrds Song"