Friday, October 07, 2011

Backroom Boys to play jazz, swing, blues at Omphale Gallery and Café Oct. 7

By Oren Tikkanen*

CALUMET -- This Friday (Oct. 7) is First Friday in Calumet, and the galleries will be open! The town will be quivering with artistic energy, and the epicenter might well be the beautifully re-appointed Omphale Gallery and Café on north 5th Street.

The Backroom Boys pictured here are Oren Tikkanen, seated, on banjo; John Munson, left, with clarinet; and Bob Norden, trombone. Joining them Friday at the Omphale will be Matthew Durocher (not pictured) on upright bass. (Photo courtesy Oren Tikkanen)

The Backroom Boys -- Bob Norden, trombone; John Munson, clarinet/sax; Oren Tikkanen, banjo/guitar; and Matthew Durocher, upright bass -- will be playing jazz, swing, and blues with a touch of New Orleans laid-back fervor.

Julie DePaul Johnson, co-owner of the Omphale Gallery and Café, makes gourmet coffee and treats in the newly remodeled establishment on 5th Street in Calumet. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Madame Julie and Mademoiselle Katie Jo will be serving up gourmet treats, and have commented that it would be a shame if their wonderfully refinished floor does not meet with dancing feet -- from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, Oct 7, 2011 -- see you there!

* Guest writer Oren Tikkanen is a local musician and storyteller.

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