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August 23, 2009

Micho's brings live jazz and blues to Reisterstown


I can't tell you how many times people have asked me for good spots to see live jazz and blues in the Baltimore area. The truth is, there aren't many.

So I'm glad to announce that Micho's Restaurant in Reisterstown is now regularly hosting regional and national jazz and blues artists.

"There was nothing around the area for jazz or blues," said owner Micho Issa (pictured).

"Everybody had to go to Washington," he said. I figured, 'I'll do this venue to bring in people from around the area." ...

According to Issa, Micho's started offering live music on thier second floor about three months ago. They brought in a grand piano as well as a $75,000 PA system, he said. The room, called Stage 35, comfortably holds about 125 people.

"We put a lot into this place" he said. "It's nice. It's a professionally done place." 

Acts such as renown drummer Dennis Chambers have performed there, Issa said. Cover charges range from $7 to $20, depending on the band.

"Blues Alley's got nothing on us," Issa said.

(Baltimore Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:34 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


Last night my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting a new Jazz Club on the outskirts of Baltimore called Micho's Stage 35. The room was crowded tyhe food was good and the music outstanding. A great night for jazz. The Larry Brown Quintet was appearing for the first time there. From the first note on Larry's piano, he had his audiance captive.The horn section of Peter Fraize on sax and Kyle Funn on trumpet were a great compliment to each other as well as their personal solos.Kent Miller was pounding out a strong bass line and his solos were moving. The choice of material always compliments Larry's style, especially when he throws in his originals along with some of the masters. They just seem like they belong together. The night was swinging from the begining to the end and the closing Monk tune left me wanting more.Larry played from his heart, swung from the start........and played pretty. Your Mom would be proud....thanks for a great night

Buddy ~ thanks for the comment, i would have missed Sam's post without it. i live near Micho's , and have known the owners from other establishments they own, and was wondering what Stage 35 was like. i heard on WTMD driving to work one day that Victoria Vox is playing there in December, she's awesome (ukulele).
i didn't know if one needed to buy tickets in advance to the shows, or just show up?

Need the address to the place

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