Coffee, beer and comedy add to the mix
By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
BREVARD -- The vibe inside is Open Mike's is chill during the daytime and as hot as the organic coffee at night.
Local talent is flocking to the place, entertaining patrons with music from jazz to blues and stand-up comedy acts.
Local comedian Duncan Jay recognized a shortage of humor on the Space Coast and set out to organize the Wednesday night-politically incorrect event, politely named 'Way Too Funny' Wednesdays.
Local comedians sign up on Mr. Jay's Facebook page and are invited to showcase their stand-up acts for local crowds.
It started as an experiment, and turned into a standing-room-only event, Mr. Jay said.
"The first night we had 12 people in here, including the comics. Now, if we get 30 people in here it's a slow night," he added.
Open Mike's has something going on almost every night of the week. Thursday's event is a blues jam, hosted by guitarist Aaron Rhodes.
Totally Open Tuesdays is an open jam, where local musicians and vocalists stop in to entertain.
Mike DellaCioppa, owner of Florida Discount Music, added the coffee shop and lounge as a way to boost the shopping experience for the patrons, who visit Florida Discount Music for music lessons. Soon enough, local talent saw it as an opportunity to create something new and different for the progressive crowd in Melbourne.
"It started out as a sort of a waiting lounge - a place where parents or people waiting for lessons could enjoy a beer or a cup of coffee. We figured it might boost the shopping experience, but the reception has been way better than I expected and we just kept progressively adding events," he said.
The progression commenced with local guitarist Al Broder, who hosts a jazz jam on Friday nights. Then Frank Harrison Mapstone brought some musicians together for a Monday night funk jam, nicknamed Funk You Monday.
"We like to be a little edgy," Mr. DellaCioppa said. "No one likes Mondays, but we just have a great amount of fun."
Open Mike's is located behind Florida Discount Music, at the corner of Babcock Street and U.S. 1 and offers organic coffee, with creative musical names such as Purple Haze and Good Day Sunshine. The venue also sells beer and wine.