Local Musicians at the Pit River Casino

Jeff McNiel singing heartfelt western ballad.

Four local musicians livened up the River Rock Bar and Grill at the monthly open mic at Pit River Casino on Thursday night June 27.

The open mic was hosted by Hal Johnson and the Deschutes Music Club. Hal Johnson came up from Redding to setup the sound system and  emcee. He also performed several songs during the evening.

Performers included a country singer named John, Ron Kim, Jeff McNiel, and Alex Colvin.

John began the evening with a set of country music. He’s got a great voice and a good beat and sang quite a few Merle Haggard songs.

Then Hal sang some songs, followed by Alex Colvin who did an original, and two covers including “City of New Orleans.” Next Jeff McNiel sang a series of western ballads and country songs. Jeff has a deep soulful voice that really moves the heart when he sings a love song. Ron Kim brought up his electric guitar and did a mixture of songs including his version of “Please Come to Boston.”

Alex Colvin sings “I Love Going Crazy With You.”

As the evening proceeded the spirit picked up. Usually the open mic ends at 9 p.m., but Hal and the singers didn’t want to stop so John, Alex, and Jeff each came up to sing some more and then Hal closed it out after 10 p.m. with a talking blues accompanied by Alex on the harmonica.

The audience enjoyed the variety of style, song selection and tempo. People enjoyed eating, drinking, chatting with friends and making new friends as the show went on.

Hal Johnson also has a regular column covering “Live Music in the North State” at aNewsCafe.com

The open mic is held on the last Thursday of every month. All local musicians, singers, and songwriters are welcome. Sign up begins at 6 p.m.

The next one will be held on August 31.

Pictures courtesy of Chris Farber
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