It was bitterly cold last night, with a teeth-rattling wind blowing, but Kish and I wanted to get out of the house, anyway. We decided to walk down to High Street to check out Notes, which is something that has been on our to-do list for a while now.
Notes is the music venue below Copious, one of the newer restaurants in the German Village area. Last night the Tim Cummiskey Duo was playing the 7:30 set, and there was no cover charge. How could we go wrong?
Well, we didn’t. I’m happy to report that Notes is a pretty nice place to spend your Friday night. It’s a big open room, the stage at one end and the long bar at the other, with bench-style seating along the walls, several dozen tables of different sizes around the room, and even a small area in front of the stage for dancing. The Notes bar is stocked with just about every kind of adult beverage you’d care to drink — an extremely important consideration at any night-time music venue, in my book — and there is also a limited food menu. Kish and I tried one of the create-your-own flatbread pizzas, and it was quite tasty.
The sound quality and acoustics — the other extremely important consideration in a music venue — were excellent. That was crucial last night, because the Tim Cummiskey Duo turned out to be a good jazz guitar and bass combo, and for that kind of music you want to be able to hear every note, in every improvisation, clearly.
Our Friday night at Notes turned out to be a fun way to beat the winter cold and the winter blahs. Good live music will do that for you. There are lots of fine musicians out there; they just need a place to perform. Now we know there’s a good spot only a few blocks away.