Ellie Blue at The Place Marietta

There are bars, restaurants and night clubs in Atlanta that are known for live music.  I never thought of The Place in Marietta as a venue to head to when I am feeling in the mood for some live music. That misconception was corrected for me this Thursday night by Ellie Blue and the house band during The Place in Marietta’s weekly open mic session.

Ellie Blue at The Place Marietta

The host of the Thursday night open mic at The Place is Ellie Blue.  Ellie Blue, is one of the warmest and welcoming hosts I have encountered at an open mic.  Her sweet southern charm and bright smile transfer well to the stage and behind the microphone. Ellie Blue opened up with one of her original songs, “What Shall I Do With The Blue” and followed up with covers of “Helena Beat” by Foster the People and “Creep” by Radio Head.

Foster the People “Helena Beat” on Youtube

 

The House Band at The Place Marietta

Ellie Blue was backed up by the house band.  The Thursday night open mic house band at The Place Marietta is made up of Casey Higgins (guitar), Greg Chance (guitar), Jeff Wright (bass) mand Joshua Stevenson (drums).

Now I know that there is another option in Marietta when wondering where to go on a Thursday night for live music.  If you are a performer or a music fan, I look forward to seeing you at The Place Marietta on a Thursday night.  The house band was followed up by some talented musicians at the open mic.

Interview with Jeff Wright

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?

I’ll answer this with a short story to save from embarrassment. Short answer – Lord Tariq, Peter Gunz – Make It Reign (around 98″) Long answer – This album purchase wasn’t anything more than a kid trying to fit in at his middle school. However, several tracks on that album were sampled from my favorite artists today. The track “Deja Vu” was a direct sample of Steely Dan’s black cow. After I realized I was more into the beats, than the lyrical content, I just followed the bread crumb trail back to Steely Dan’s Aja album, which was my less embarrassing 2nd album purchase. The rest pretty much follows in that direction.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?

Well here is just today, I bought Bobby Caldwell’s – “Cat in the Hat” album.  I also found a tune from of Atlanta’s own. “Tom Grose and the Varsity” album floating around on YouTube downloaded it and someone put the tapes of Tall dogs studio recordings up as well.

What was your first live music experience?

My mom, she was (and still) is a jazz/lounge singer… one of the best in Atlanta, although I may be a bit biased.  Name any cigar/martini bar, she’s played it, she used to play this place called Dailys downstairs off Andrew Young International in Atlanta. Its been closed for many years now. I figured that would be the first.

If we’re talking about large scale groups I got to see “Yes” for free at Lakewood (or whatever Aarons Amphitheater used to be called) that was probably my first touring group.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?

At the moment, Stevie Wonder – Innervisions. Although I need to learn much more piano, how to play drums, and how to speak Spanish to pull it off.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?

Toss up between Stevie or Prince… both have been equally influential to me. Both as writers, producers, engineers.