The open mic in the Southgate House's Junie's Lounge was recently voted best open mic in town by the readers of CityBeat in our "Best of Cincinnati" issue. Saturday night at 9 p.m., several of the rotating hosts from the every-Monday-night event (Billy Catfish, Kinsey Rose, Mike Kuntz and Ryan Malott) will team together for a celebration of their award, with sets from the hosts and open mic participants. —-The party/show will take place in the club's Parlour.
For those who would like to do an open mic night but whose day jobs make that "night" part a little hard to pull off, Catfish is launching an all-new event for the early-to-bed-early-to-risers (or folks who just like to drink all day). Starting this coming Wednesday, May 27, Catfish will begin presenting the Open Jam Pickle Jam from 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday.
Running a couple of open mics hasn't kept Catfish away from his usual singer/songwriter/guitarist duties. Catfish will now be performing his Indie Folk/Country songs — still solo — as "Billy Catfish Orchestra." He'll make his debut under the name May 31 in the Southgate Lounge with an opening set by former Sistern frontman, Steve Girton. Catfish also has an album coming out with his Lonesome Tumblers and other friends on the local Tokyo Rose Records in a few months and he still performs with "supergroup" The Chauncers.
For the die-hard Billy Catfish fans devastated by the name change, fear not. "I’ll also be willing to perform as Billy Catfish every so often for small parties, benefit events and private functions,” Catfish jokes.