Tonight Kish and I went down to the Ohio State campus, to the Scarlet and Grey Cafe, to watch the debut performance of Jack Doran, son of Dr. Science and the Lovely Anita. It was like old times as we paid an $8 cover charge and sat on somewhat rickety stools in a dark bar to enjoy some live, local music.
Jack played six songs, accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar, and he did a wonderful job. All of the songs were his own creations, and he played and sang them with the assurance of a seasoned veteran. It must have been difficult to play with proud parents (and their friends) crawling all over the establishment taking pictures and video, but he pulled it off.
It was fun to go down to campus and to catch a bit of the music scene. Before Jack took the stage we watched an all-female band named, I think, Scrimshaw the Mariner. They were quite entertaining as they deftly played banjos, ukeleles, guitars, washboards, and an instrument that looked like a breathing apparatus and also sang some a cappella pieces.
From our brief exposure tonight, I’d say the local music scene in Columbus is alive and well. Great job, Jack!