'Songwriter's Cafe' Returns To Mario's On Saturday

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In the wake of the Mogollon Grille's demise, Shakey Joe Harless' Songwriter's Cafe and Open Mike Night has found a new home.

Starting Saturday night, Nov. 9, from 8 to 11 p.m., the weekly live-music happening will unfold once again at Mario's Restaurant.

"When I heard that the Mogollon Grille closed, I felt empty," Harless said. "I had nowhere to go play my harmonica. But now we're back, giving people a place to go where they can express themselves. I think that's very important."

Introducing local music lovers to the local talent pool and maintaining a talent showcase for those musicians, is the twin goal of Harless' weekly, impromptu gathering of local and imported music-makers

What invariably results is a variety-pack mix of country, rock, blues, jazz, soft ballads, classical piano "You never know what's coming next," Harless said. "This is a place to go where you can enjoy a variety of music, and to see young performers and watch them progress."

Mario's is a familiar venue to the Songwriter's Cafe; that's where the event was staged before Mario's itself closed earlier this year. But now that the restaurant-bar has been reopened by original owners Barbara and Patrick Underwood, Harless gets to keep his cultural donation to Payson afloat.

"We are honored to have the Songwriter's Cafe back at Mario's Restaurant," Barbara Underwood said.

Mario's is located at 600 E. Highway 260. For more information, call Mario's at 474-5429.

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