It started modestly enough two years ago--Roxanne Cole thought it would be fun to offer some local musicians a chance to play in her window space at Roxx on Main on a Thursday night, which tended to be on the slow side.
Now, it's difficult to find a seat at the weekly event. Musicians from Martinez and around the Bay Area seek out the open mike to share their songs, their talents and their enthusiasm for an environment that feels more like a living room than a formal venue.
One recent night featured Harrison Flynn, celebrating his 18th birthday and playing a number he wrote on his brand new guitar. The evening also featured Danny White and Hope Savage, two members of the Hopeful Romantics, a local favorite Americana group, and a set from Chris Bryant, the leader of Garageland Rodeo and the musical organizer of the open mike.
There is no cover charge, but Roxx provides a great selection of small plate dishes, wine, beer and coffee during the performance. It's a great place to check out local talent, as well as performers from nearby towns like Benicia and Concord. And there is always one featured performer who gets to play a half hour spotlight set.
The list is open to one and all, so bring your instrument out of the closet, dust it off and head down to Roxx on Main on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.