The Mmming Report: Local Music News from Kharlie M

Issue #9 — Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kharlie M: Health Improving, Laying Groundwork

After being beaten down by a virus for seven weeks, I am pretty much over it now, save for a sniffle or two and an occasional cough. My right ear, damaged by infection, is still slowly returning to normal. My overall stamina is still lacking and will take some time to recover. I did manage to play at the open mic on February 15: a set of four songs with the baritone ukulele, using my new pickup. All easy originals.

Kharlie at Open Mic

Photo by Ken Wagman

Our old family website, The Oo Kingdom, is now under reconstruction and will look somewhat similar to once it is finished. The Weather section and root directory are in the new version at this writing; the rest of the site is a colossal mess in three older designs, but this will be remedied over time.

Wendi and I both celebrated our birthdays this past week; our granddaughter’s birthday was this past Monday. The unusual and amazing warm spell from February 17 through 22 afforded me some great opportunities for running.

As things quiet down for us, and as my health continues to improve, my plan is to alternate between the website revision and recording more original music.

Open Mic Needs New Host

Ken Wagman announced on February 21 that after March 15, 2017, he will no longer be hosting the Open Mic at Mocha Moment which is held on the first and third Wednesdays each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Further details are not yet available, but the Facebook post quickly received several comments from performers asking for slots in the March 15 show, so it promises to be a doozy.

Facebook post, February 21, 2017

News Briefs

Jesse Ramirez (Mystery Mirrors) has recorded some new songs and plans to release a new album in the summer of 2017.

Kat Farnsworth (Kat and the Hurricane) played bass for The Apollo Affair at the Oasis in Grayslake, Illinois on February 18.

Jennifer Ruse has some encouraging and inspiring words on her Facebook music page.

Ken Wagman, Jennifer Ruse, and Robbie Haas (Elmer and the Ceramic Trees) have all contributed to recent recordings at Gemini Music Studios in Janesville.

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