On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 Bill and Joe’s Open Mic night at the Bistro in Brooksville celebrated five years of music and mayhem. Open Mic night is currently on hold for the time being, but the atmosphere on Nov. 14 was as jubilant as ever. The event had become an institution in Brooksville’s nightlife. It was the place to be on Thursday night.
Bill Creel and Joe Solomon are former Hernando High School teachers, so many of their students would come out to see their former teachers and classmates. They are also actively involved in the community and Joe Solomon is a social media wizard, so there was a decent audience.
The atmosphere of Open Mic was easy going. You could sign up and get to sing your song that night. The singers ranged in age from a toddler singing a nursery rhyme to senior citizens. Many of the singers were quite talented and it was always an enjoyable experience.
Over the years people had grown from tentatively singing a song at the Open Mic to having a developed stage presence. Local bands and local celebrities have stopped by to sing a few bars including Bronson Arroyo a former Major League Baseball Pitcher and musician.
If you would like to see Bill and Joe perform, but missed them at the Bistro, they will be performing at the Tangerine Drop on New Years Eve.