WestSide Cafe

The Venue

December 22, 2005|By SAM SESSA

When owner Rod Deacey opened the WestSide Cafe in May, Frederick got a new laid-back watering hole and acoustic performance space.

Where --1A W. Second St., Frederick

Call --301-418-6886

Web site --westside-cafe.com

Notable --The portraits of past and present singer/songwriters painted on the walls. The Man in Black hovers above the doorway to the men's room, Joni Mitchell is atop the women's room entrance, and Tom Waits and Woody Guthrie decorate the cafe space. Bob Dylan is next, Deacey said.

Vibe --Cozy. The ceiling is painted sky blue and dotted with the occasional puffy white cloud, so no matter what the weather is outside, it's always springtime.

What to wear --Typical cafe attire. Put on something comfortable, like jeans and a loose-fit shirt. No one there is trying to impress anyone, although PJs might be a little too comfortable.

Crowd --WestSide appeals mostly to a 25-years-old-and-up crowd that wants a couple of drinks and a relaxed evening of live music.

Music --The cafe features mostly acoustic acts from the East Coast and Midwest. Coming shows include Jeni Hankins, Billy Kemp, Tim Kaye, Yasmine White, Mark McKay and Janet Griffin. It also hosts weekly songwriting workshops, Sunday showcases and in-the-round performances.

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