Looking to liven up your Wednesday nights a bit? Well, I may have just the thing for ya…
For almost two years now, I’ve been spending my Wednesday nights at the Meyersville Inn in Gillette, NJ. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the Inn is an outstanding Cajun/Creole restaurant right on the border of the 9,000 acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. They do Cajun food the way its supposed to be done, serve nice big portions (so you can take home lunch for the following day), and have a cozy bar area that I set up and play in between 6 and 9pm.
The ambiance there is great, due in a large part to the efforts of the owners. If you come in on a Wednesday, you can expect to meet Patty and Carl, half of the ownership team and two of the friendliest and most genuine people I know. They make an effort to treat everyone who comes through the door like a member of the family, and are the reason that I’ve been playing there for as long as I have.
Another truly unique aspect about the Wednesday night shows is their inclusivity. I absolutely love getting people involved in music, and we’ve had the chance to do a lot of that at Meyersville. The range of people that have joined us on the stage has been unbelievable; we’ve had professional musicians from as far away as Edinburgh, Scotland, a member of the NJ Blues Hall of Fame, people who have played all their lives but never performed, some who are just picking up instruments, and even singers as young as 5 years old!
Meyersville is one of the only places I know where anyone who is willing to play or sing can do so. Its refreshing to just allow music to be fun, and not taken overly seriously. In fact, its akin to how music has been treated for much of human history. Only in the last 200 years have we decided that music is something to be left to professionals. Before that, everyone played and sang. It was a focal point for family gatherings, a way to have fun, and to create something special together. On Wednesday nights, we’re doing our best to make it like that again, and we’d love to have you come join us.