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The Dharma Initiative at Doc Taylor's Seaside Market Lounge 3/26

The Dharma Initiative at Doc Taylor's Seaside Market Lounge 3/26

Doc Taylor's Seaside Market Lounge has got to be one of the best venues for live music on the Virginia Beach ocean front.  Not only do they not charge a cover, the venue has the perfect combination of intimate, cozy, open and spacious.  The space is simple.  It's basically just one big square room with a bar that dominates the right side when you walk in an space for the band to set up in the far corner of the opposite wall.  Between the bar and the band there are a few low tables and chairs set up and there is also enough open space for dancing right up in front of the band.  This Thursday I had the opportunity to stand right in front of Megan in her black and white striped dress and similarly striped socks covered almost completely by her mid calf height red boots.

Grumpy's

Grumpy's

We walked into Grumpy’s this Friday to kick off my weekend. The bar in Grumpy’s is directly in front of you when you come in. It is shaped in the common bar “U” with a few high top tables off to the side. Off to the far left there are a couple pool tables and a shuffleboard tables and that night, between the game area and the bar, the dining tables were spread out in front of what could be used as a dance floor backed by a karaoke setup. Lighting in the restaurant was at about bar level; a little bit darker than typical for a restaurant but not quite as dark as you would find in a nightclub. As far as employees go I only noticed a few cocktailers and one bartender. There was no security or management that I noticed. Overall the setup in Grumpy’s is pretty standard for an enterprise of its type. It could be a great neighborhood bar. When we arrived at Grumpy’s it was about 10:00 and there were around twenty five people inside, not including employees, split between the three areas. There were about five or six people at the bar and a couple at the high tops next to it. Of course there was someone singing karaoke and a post-retirement age couple by the table closest to the KJ. After the song ended a man from the group of ten hanging out in the corner by the pool tables was next up. His group looked like an office Christmas party or possibly an engagement party and they seemed to be having more fun in Grumpy’s than anyone else there. They captured my attention for a brief moment until he started his not so silky version of Marc Cohn’s Walking In Memphis. His version was much more entertaining than the original. It was clear he was playing to his own crowd but he made it very entertaining for me also, with his strategic grunting and moaning thrown in occasionally for comedic effect. Oh, karaoke. On this occasion I didn’t stay long so I wasn’t able to catch either of the over seventy year old couple sing their cliche Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore songs. I can only stand so much at a time but given the right group of bar guests it can make for a fun night so I walked out the front doors past the little gated patio where people are allowed to smoke out in the elements.

Friday, November 28, 2014 Cheap Thrills at Calypso

Friday, November 28, 2014 Cheap Thrills at Calypso

Confirming their rank as one of the most followed bands in Virginia Beach, EJ and Cheap Thrills a packed the house once again at Calypso at the Oceanfront. EJ, the lead singer of the band, is like a local version of Drake or local legend Pharrell Williams, captivating the crowd with his singing and his rapping delivery. His band mates provide some of the most exciting live beats in the 757 and usually the only thing missing on this night is space. Tonight was no exception. As expected the bar was completely wrapped. Even two or three deep in some places and navigating your way through the dancefloor was no easy task. Look outside through the the boardwalk side window to the covered and enclosed patio and you could see room to breath. There were available tables and space to move but the electric feeling in the air from the music was missing outside so everyone piled inside hoping to piggyback off the feeling of one of Virginia Beaches top suppliers of live music.