Thursday, June 12th, 7pm — 11pm

Ancient Victorys Open Mike


Antique Sandwich 5102 N Pearl Tacoma, WA
Thursday JUNE 12 at 7PM 1 year anniversary

Here comes the 5th in a quarterly series of historic Open Mikes bringing back the acoustic music performers from open mikes run by Chris Lunn in California and in Washington from the early 1960’s through 1990. Thursday, June 12 at 7PM at the Antique Sandwich, 5102 North Pearl, Tacoma, WA. $5 General & $3 Members, Seniors, Kids. This is sponsored by Ancient Victorys.

The first four had over 100 musicians showing up including three from the very first night of local open mikes in 1969, Mike Ball, Tim Noah, and Mike Dumovich. More showed from those early Tacoma Court C Days, to the 70’s and 80’s at The Tracks in Auburn, and the entire 80’s in Tacoma at the Antique Sandwich.

Performers have included many who run businesses in music including the founders of Wintergrass, national record label Yellowtail, recording studio Lange Studios, and the sound engineering firm OMB Productions. There were pro musicians, those who are just retiring and getting back into music, musicians who had not played in years, musicians living in Europe and other states, and musicians who are exploring new music for them like jazz. Some with 25 years more experience of life to put into their music gave spectacular performances. All these were burned on to CDs, caught on video, and photographed. Plus there were history books of 1960’s to 1990 on hand.

***•The Second Issue of Ancient Victorys News feature articles on musicians (Mike Ball-Congas, Philip Boulding-Magical Strings harpist, Suzie Grey 92 year old composer, singer pianist), CD and book reviews, and concert/venue performances on musicians from these 1963-1990 artists. A calendar with over 150 events by these artists is included as well as interesting information on various musicians, and a column on searching for ones Ancient Victorys has not located. Copies of this new publication will be available Free to audience members and musicians at the June 12 Open Mike.

In the 60’s Chris Lunn, a folk blues musician at the time, began a run of thirty years of unique, acoustic, listening Open Mikes, where the artists were allowed to play and be heard. This gave musicians a chance to work on any type of quiet to kicking sounds and be treated equally. The first Open Mikes were held in Palo Alto, California in four venues. Lunn came back to Washington in 1969 and immediately started the Court C Folk & Blues Workshop, what was later to become Victory Music. A number of artists visited from the California open mikes and two stayed, most notably folk commentator Jim Page of Seattle and the late Eric Eshelman.

The Antique Sandwich hosted Open Mikes during their heydays in the 1980’s, and a year ago invited Chris Lunn, Diane Schulstad and Rob Folsom to run a quarterly Open Mike featuring players from those past eras. A total of almost 3,000 musicians presented their craft in these various venues. A number of the fine musicians have been lost like Eric Eshleman and Steve Guthe (Ferryboat Musicians) and new CDs are out. This has inspired this historical organization to locate players, connect them up, document, and present them in an Open Mike format. We do not want to lose this incredible acoustic NW music history.

** This new historical organization Ancient Victorys is now building to carry this current music forward through print, internet, performances, and historic documentation. We hope to establish in 2009 an emergency fund to help those musicians in need like medical emergencies, stolen instruments, death in family, car breaks downs, and more. Most are in their 50’s and even one in her 90’s. The organization is actively looking for volunteers with expertise in internet, web design, videography and editing, publicity, data base management, and flyer and publication distribution. Get involved at the ground floor. Ancient Victorys is a membership organization. Memberships are $30 1 yr; $50 2yr.

The Antique is an all ages, non-smoking venue, with its superb food choices, fine sound system, stage, and baby grand piano. They will host musicians in there 50’s to there 90s that are still doing their music. Come join an audience that listens to all styles of acoustic, non-electronic music like it is in a concert hall. Music starts promptly at 7PM. Door charge is $5 gen $3 Seniors and Children under 12 and Victory Music members. For more information contact: 253-863-6617, POB 7515, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Color or Black and White photos, recording snippets, are available to the media. Also Chris Lunn is available day or night for radio, TV, or print media interviews. Lunn has done over 500 interviews since the 60’s. This includes Lunn hosting a TV show, radio show, and doing interviews and writing about local artists. Lots of history, lots of stories, lots of warmth and laughs from this great thirty year run of music. This is an Ancient Victorys sponsored event not a Victory Music event. Call Chris for any media needs 253-863-6617 or

NEXT OPEN MIKES: Thursday Sept 25 : Thursday Dec 11

Cost / Admission
$5 gen $3 Sr, Kids, Members
Contact Info
Chris Lunn
Antique Sandwich
5102 N Pearl
Tacoma, WA, 98407
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