Live Music at Whineos on Granville near Nelson
I have been to Greece, Poland, England, Holland and throughout the United States, but I have not seen another bar quite like Whineos on Granville near Nelson (http://www.whineos.com/tuesindexf.html
.) Posh yet markedly counter-culture, Whineos welcomes all. In fact, I even saw a sign which indicated those under legal drinking age are allowed to enter with adult accompaniment. A close friend of mine who used to professionally plan parties and wine tastings in Vancouver suggested I try Whineos on a Tuesday for $7.50 pitchers of beer and $4.00 appetizers. Hard to say no to that!
The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the piano right by the door: This is my kind of place. I eventually got talking to Jeff, the manager, about how often it is used. I told him I can play and would love to perform in such a venue. He told me every Monday some guys get together and jam some covers; I am invited if I would like to join.
I played my second gig at Whineos on November 16th and this time I was invited early for some solo time. I bantered, "My goal is to get everyone to drink more so if you think my playing sucks and want to drink more as a result, it's all good." I moved from Beatles to a Chopin interlude, continued on with some Billy Joel and Ben Folds. I even snuck in one of my originals without announcement. Like the man himself, I began Ben Folds' The Secret Life of Morgan Davis with "This is a Polka about a crack dealer." The audience generally responded positively. In the case of performance there will always be skeptics and unless they can provide you with constructive criticism, it is best to ignore them.
The rest of the crew arrived and we rocked out some Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Counting Crows and Rolling Stones among others.
It was a wonderful night filled with both verve and sweet potato fries. Try the mini-burgers.
See You Monday!