Last updated: July 28. 2014 4:35PM - 568 Views
By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

Mary Beth Hilenski and Eric Jones, staff at Fiddles Pub in downtown Elkin, said Mondays' open microphone jam sessions is about inspiration.
Mary Beth Hilenski and Eric Jones, staff at Fiddles Pub in downtown Elkin, said Mondays' open microphone jam sessions is about inspiration.
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Fiddles Pub began Monday open-mike night for musicians more than two weeks ago, with the intention of providing an informal atmosphere for local musicians to jam and be inspired.

So far, the set-up has attracted several local musicians said Fiddles Pub employee Eric Jones, also a musician.

Musicians may mix and mingle with others or play as individuals, said Jones.

Jones said the format encourages the possibility of trying new things and combinations.

“It is for the musicians and by the musicians,” said Jones.

He said the open-mike format is meant to be simple and has mainly encompassed a corner in the pub. However, there is also room outside if needed.

Owner Jack Mantero said if more musicians and fans want to come on Monday, he will make room.

Jones said during the first jam two weeks ago, some clientele did not realize that it was not meant to be organized.

As the open-mike format continues, Jones said he hopes it will take off in popularity with musicians and the clientele due to it being an informal setting. He said he believes that allows musicians full reign of freedom of expression.

Jones said, “In here, it is created raw on the spot.”

Jones has jammed some on Mondays, taking time to make the chorus lines, in between cooking.

He said Logan Templeton has performed some jazz and percussion, Josh Casstevens has played guitar, and Mantero said “a local called Ben has been a big help.”

Mantero said if only one person “wants to do their own little thing” and “can play music” that is fine with him.

The staff reminded the format could be a great venue for college students to also come and try out new things with others.

They said they did have a drawing card at the pub that goes well with the music. They said they are the only locals in Elkin to sell Guinness beer on tap.

The Monday open-mike jam sessions begin at 6 p.m. and go until the pub closes at 2 a.m.

Bartender and waitress Mary Beth Hilenski said in the two weeks since its inception, that it has been “a good time. ” She has heard some “cool” music being played, she said.

The pub is already a venue and hangout for musicians and music lovers since it typically has live music on Friday and Saturday night.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.

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