7 p.m., Nov. 16, 2011
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Gin Blossoms' founder Jesse Valenzuela returned home, joining three singer/songwriters who have participated in the city’s weekly Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series for an evening of original music.
Jim Lockwood grew up in a small town in Connecticut, where he was lucky enough to have very musical parents and grandmother who encouraged him. His father showed him some chords on the guitar, and he learned how to play it upside down and backwards because he is left-handed. The technique, also used by Jimi Hendrix, allowed Lockwood to forge his own way, develop his own style and contribute something a little different to the world of music. “I am really not sure what else I could have done without music in my life,” Lockwood said. “The question became what do I do with this thing called music. I recently realized that I wanted to communicate and connect with people in a thoughtful and earnest manner and learn to become a wiser man from this experience.” "My Hero" "Don't You Walk Away" Profile
Chloe Tang developed her songwriting skills only a few short years ago, but her musical talent was apparent since before she began piano lessons at age 5. She showed interest in the guitar at age 7. Her father gave her a few lessons and she caught on quickly so she received an electric guitar for her ninth birthday. Tang plays the guitar, ukulele, piano and alto saxophone and is a member of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. Attending Arizona School for the Arts for 3.5 years helped her grow as a singer/musician, but her enrollment in the CMAS (Contemporary Music and Sound) Program at Arcadia High School, where she is currently enrolled as a sophomore, has helped her blossom as a songwriter. This 15 year old has performed at Tempe Marketplace, weddings, charity events and a CD release show for a local band, among other events. Tang’s older brother, Jordan, occasionally accompanies her on guitar, shaker or cajon. "Rewind" "Another Day" "Run to You" Profile
Gregg Myers was born into the eclectic mix of his father’s love of opera and western music, coupled with his mother’s love of musicals and show tunes. Unfortunately, he was born with half his face paralyzed and a severe stutter lasting well into his teens. “I could barely speak,” he recalls, “but music gave me voice. It calmed my speech and made everything easier - something stutterers like me know all too well.” After overcoming his speech impediment, Myers left music far behind to pursue a career in advertising/marketing, a marriage, a mortgage, along with that ever-elusive thing called, “normalcy.” Only years later would he and music reunite, and by so doing, reacquaint himself with himself all over again. This go-around, however, the guitar would replace his mother’s piano, with his love of folk, soul, the blues, and jazz seasoning his storytelling. “Oh, there’s definitely a jazzy feel to pretty much everything he does,” one fellow musician describes. “He’s like James Taylor meets John Mayer in a jazz club.” Photo by Bill Goodman. "Something's Missing in my Moon Tonight" "That I Love" Profile