They’re jamming!

Under the glow of red neon light, Valley musicians gathered for open mic night at Twede’s Cafe rocked out inside the downtown North Bend landmark while rain poured outside. Unlike jam sessions held at bars in the Valley, this weekly event is open to the whole family, and children have a blast participating.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:00am
  • Life

Strumming a rock song

Under the glow of red neon light, Valley musicians gathered for open mic night at Twede’s Cafe rocked out inside the downtown North Bend landmark while rain poured outside. Unlike jam sessions held at bars in the Valley, this weekly event is open to the whole family, and children have a blast participating.

“It’s totally about exposing kids to music,” said Dan Clapp, who has been jamming on his guitar at Twede’s since owner Kyle Twede started hosting the open mic night about a month ago. He said that when he sees young restaurant patrons enjoying the tunes, he offers them a tambourine and a chance to join in because “you never know who you’re going to turn on to music.”

Singer and guitarist Alan Roberts, who was joined by his wife and two daughters, said the event is great for youngsters who are honing their musical skills.

“It gives them an opportunity to play in front of people and get some experience,” he said.

Patron Peter Teekamp, a North Bend artist whose work lines the walls at Twede’s, said this type of gathering helps “create a soul for the city.”

“It’s brilliant; it’s the oldest thing to gather and socialize. I’d like to see this place packed with artists,” he said.

“Kids can be inspired to make music. That gives them something to do, and brings crime down,” Teekamp said. “If kids play at home, maybe their parents don’t want to hear it. Here, we do.”

More in Life

From left to right: The city of Snoqualmie hired events coordinator Nicole Wiebe, officer Jayce Gutzler and project engineer Kim D. Scattarella
The city of Snoqualmie hires new staff

The city hired a new events coordinator, police officer, and project engineer.

Murray introduces new bill to combat child care cost

The bill would ensure families pay no more than seven percent of income toward child care

Snoqualmie Fire Department offers free KidCo window stop set

The initiative focuses on preventing pediatric window falls— a 100 percent preventable injury.

‘Take transit from Capitol Hill to Mount Si’

The second Trailhead Direct service starts this weekend.

North Bend prepares to host Downtown Block Party

The block party will take place on July 21 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Mount Si High School students perform at state conference

Music students represented MSHS at a Washington Music Educators Association conference.

Snoqualmie child’s head gets stuck in training toilet | Police blotter for May 5-11

The blotter does not represent each incident involving Snoqualmie police.

Locals learn self-defense through RAD program

The RAD program is nationally recognized and will be offered by the Snoqualmie Police Department.

Photo courtesy of the University of Montana
Snoqualmie student to Graduate from University of Montana

Sydney Young, a standout Wildlife Biology student from Snoqualmie, achieved multiple accolades.

I-90 goes under the knife between Issaquah and North Bend

Work to repair and replace concrete and bridge decks begins this month.

Seventeen-mile mountain bike trail to open near North Bend

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and state leaders will host an opening celebration on May 19.

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum
‘Give Big for Parlor Car 1799’

The Northwest Railway Museum asks for help moving a Northern Pacific parlor car 1799.