Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Music Mondays...A Day Late!

Living in Westchester affords me the opportunity to enjoy live music any night of the week.  I go to a jam, open mic or show several times a week and have met some really terrific friends and musicians during my travels.  We have one of the best music scenes around and I often find myself having to choose between two or three performances in a night.

Last week I took a ride to Opus 465 in Armonk to see Geoff Hartwell’s Acoustic Jam, which runs Thursdays from 8-11pm with no cover charge.  For those of you that do not know how a jam works, usually the host/host band will play an opening set of 4-5 songs and then start calling up jammers from a sign-in sheet.

Pleasantville native Geoff is an amazing singer, songwriter, guitar player and teacher.  He has been on television, has two amazing CDs and teaches guitar clinics and seminars all over the US.  To see him play slide guitar is a real treat.  His bluesy-rock sound brings you right to your feet and makes you start dancing.  Check out his website for full information on this amazingly talented fellow:

As an added bonus, Geoff has special guest Petey Hop Hopkinson join him for the opening set.   Pete is another gifted musician, writer, guitar player and teacher with a very versatile style.  Whether playing solo (check him out on Monday nights at Lucy’s Lounge in Pleasantville where he runs a no-cover, acoustic open mic night where originals are encouraged) or in a trio or larger ensemble, listening to Pete is always a true pleasure. 

Hope to see you out there!

Geoff and Petey rockin the opening set
Geoff with jammer Mike on the guitar


  1. Mike Wise (no URL, lol!)August 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    And joining the scene was how I met you! :)

    1. Me too!
      Both of you
      Thanks Andrea, very kind of you to speak about Geoff and me that way.

  2. Love this blog. Hope to see more. In addition to the virtuosity of the local musicians the scene would be nothing without noted persons such as yourself involved :-)