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Jolly Scholar hosts weekly live music for CWRU musicians

Mustafa Ascha

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Focus
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On Friday nights at the Jolly Scholar, ambience is the key. Senior economics and music major Christopher Black and Jolly Scholar/Silver Spartan owner Richard Simon have recently worked together to facilitate the growth of a three-act show every Friday.

For these end-of-the-week shows, dimmed lights and tables covered in electric candles guide focus to the stage in the front of the room, where any student who requests can play in front of a scholarly crowd. Such a relaxed atmosphere couldn't even have been contrived- - Black spoke with Simon about playing at the Scholar, and soon shows became a weekly event with their collaborative efforts.

Regarding the evolution of Fridays at the Scholar, Matthew McCroskey, who has played at the Scholar, said, "With each progressive week of Jolly Scholar Fridays, it seems the atmosphere is one of greater interest and enthusiasm for the music. While the performances were, at the beginning, just background music for most of the patrons, it seems to me that people are increasingly coming to listen to their peers perform, as well as to enjoy great food and drink and the company of others."

The supportive atmosphere of the Jolly Scholar, according to several of its former acts, is a great place to start performing. Not only do up-and-coming students get the opportunity to showcase their talents, but they get to do so with the support of the Case community.

For those students who are concerned that theirs may not be the type of music to play at the Scholar, don't be shy. According to Simon, "There's no particular genre that we're focused on. [We're] just focused on showing everyone a good time!" However, in keeping with the overall effect of the Scholar, Black said, "we tend to have quieter acts play."

Even so, Black explained, the Jolly Scholar will soon hopefully have its own sound system to dedicate to these events. So far, sound equipment has been borrowed from various other groups on campus. For what could become, as McCroskey said, "an incubator for some great creative work, as well as a top Case weekend hangout," a sound system at the Scholar will be a boon for students.

Students looking for a cool, relaxed place to unwind after a long week of work or an alternative to more reckless fun elsewhere could do no better than to spend their Friday evenings at the Jolly Scholar, taking in the atmosphere and the wealth of music from their own campus.

This Friday, the line up is: Johnny Milligan, Christopher Black, and Bending August, all musical talent coming out of Case.

For those who are interested in playing, e-mail to get in touch with Black, and possibly set up a show from there.
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