ROM Features 2019

Jan 14:  Chris Lee–10th Anniversary Show

• Mini Set- Junko Ogawa & Rick Goggin

Jan 28: Suzanne Mrozak & Brian Cartwright • Mini Set- Chris Ricco

Feb 11:  Rick Drost

• Mini Set- Ana Eder-Mulhane

Feb 25- Roberto & Kathryn 

• Mini Set- Chris Toto Zaremba

Mar 11- Frank Ruzzano

• Mini Set- Jade

Mar 25-
Kate Chadbourne 

• Mini Set- John MacLean

Apr 8-
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines 

• Mini Set- Neal Braverman

Apr 22-
Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz 

• Mini Set- Ben Blum

Apr 29-
The Millis Berfield Band 

• Mini Set- Ed Loechler

May 13-
Don White

• Mini Set- Karen Sauer

May 27-
Chris Wilhelm 

• Mini Set- John Dino

June 8-
ROM at Roslindale Farmers Market

• MC/Feature- Mike Williams

June 10- David Hoffman- EP Release Party

• Mini Set- Chris Morgan

June 24- Jenn Goldson

• Mini Set- Dean Denniston

July 6- ROM at Roslindale Farmers Market
• MC/Feature- David Jackson

July 8- Ed Banatt

• Mini Set- Bill Banatt

July 22-
Jane Fallon 

• Mini Set - Terry Kitchen

Aug 10-ROM at Roslindale Farmers Market
• MC/Feature- Branson Bofat, Rick Goggin and Junko Ogawa

Aug 12- Lara Herscovitch 

• Mini Set- Mike Delaney

Aug 26- Mike Williams

• Mini Set- Carol Williams

Sept 9- Steve Friedman 

• Mini Set- Sam Bayer

Sept 14- ROM at Roslindale Farmers Market
• MC/Feature- Mike Delaney, Chris Lee and Karen Sauer

Sept 23-
Chris Pahud

• Mini set- Johnny Flaherty

Oct 12-
ROM at Roslindale Farmers Market
• MC/Feature- Terry Kitchen

Oct 14- Woody Carpinella 

• Mini Set- Dave Bleckley

Oct 28- He Said, She Said (Melissa Fleming & Charlie Ortolani)

• Mini Set- Brid Clifford

Nov 11- John Olivere

• Mini Set- Dan Olivere

Nov 25- John Shockey

• Mini Set- Brenda Asis

Dec 9- 2019 Grand Finale Show
Hatrack Gallagher 
• Mini Set- Lauren Murphy

My songs are mostly written as a response to changes in my life, or as observations on life.

When people ask me where I'm from, it’s complicated. My parents were American but I was born and grew up outside the U.S.-- Colombia, Argentina, Italy, Mexico.  So, no hometown. The only constant in my life has been music, really, popular recorded music.  It seemed to hold the secrets to life.

I first heard Elvis Presley sing when I was nine or ten and I was hooked. That music sounded like it came from another world and I wanted to find it. Where I lived it was hard to find American music. There was a record store in my neighborhood that had listening booths where you could take a couple of records in and listen before buying. Kind of like a department store changing room. A lot of listening, very little buying. I went to an American community school and we would trade or borrow 45's to hear the latest US hits. I also heard a lot of the local music on AM radio-- tangos, boleros, vallenata.

Up til then, most recordings featured singers with a backing band. And behind the scenes were the song writers. Then there were instrumental groups; the most popular was The Ventures, a quartet of two electric guitars, an electric bass, drums, that did covers of popular songs. So that was the divide.

Then it changed. There was an article in Time magazine about this quirky group in England with the same instrument line up as the Ventures but they also sang, and wrote their own songs.  This I had to look into this.  I cut out the article. The Beatles.  A month later, I heard a song on the radio that sounded different from anything I'd heard before, and thought that's gotta be The Beatles. The song was. "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Taught myself how to play every song on Meet the Beatles, including the guitar solo on "Til There was You."

My family finally moved back to the U.S, during my senior year of high school and the reality was not what I had expected. That summer I had a rock band-- song list: Like a Rolling Stone, Louie Louie, Little Latin Lupe Lu, Money, Let's Go Trippin', Baja, Rt. 66, Day Tripper, You Really Got Me.

In college I thought I would be a writer, and music was something I had to "outgrow". Took all the writing courses, journalism, short stories, literature. And listened to a lot of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Phil Ochs, Biff Rose, Eric Anderson, Joni Mitchell. Tho I'd written a couple of songs in high school, I began writing songs with renewed energy. Lost interest in college, dropped out and headed east.

Wrote a lot. Drove a cab in Silver Spring, MD, spent a summer and winter on Cape Cod, making leather belts and barrettes, drove a cab in Boston, played some open Mics but soon realized I would never be as good as many of the musicians who themselves were struggling to be heard. Worked for a year at a residence for with children with autism, where I met my co-worker, and future wife, Carol. Went back to school, got a degree in architecture, where I've spent most of my career.  Eventually found my way back to music and song writing.

Roslindale Open Mike changed everything. First time I hung out and just listened. Then got up my courage to sign up and play one of my songs. Came back another week, and another. It's been two years now. I learn something new every time about writing, performing by doing it and by watching and listening to others. And I'm writing songs again.

It's an honor to be given a feature. But most of all it's everyone who comes to ROM that makes it such a supportive, creative place.

Feature - Monday August 26

Roslindale Open Mike

Mike Williams

mini set: Carol Williams