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Fusion Collective South Jazz Trio at The Oxford Gastropub!


FCS Trio Performing at The Oxford Gastropub in Raleigh, NC ~ January 30, 2011

My wife and I took advantage of the beautiful weather this past weekend and made a trip to Downtown Raleigh on Sunday.  While there, we decided to pop into The Oxford Gastropub on Fayetteville Street to have a cocktail and enjoy the smooth Jazz sounds of the Fusion Collective South Trio.  They perform each Sunday during brunch at The Oxford from around 11am-3pm.   The FCS Trio features Michael Pelz-Sherman on keys, Charles Barchuck on drums, and Sean Geist on Upright Bass.  Check out the video below for a sample of their performance on Sunday. 

Sean Geist also performs with Route 66, a trio consisting of two bassists and a drummer.  Route 66 will be performing at Electric Beanz Coffee Bar in Raleigh on Friday 2/18 from 7-9pm.   For details about other upcoming gigs visit the FCS Facebook Fanpage.

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Trombone Christmas Carols ~ Electric Beanz Coffee Bar Nov. 27th & Dec. 18th

Christmas Trombone

Hey everyone!  I will be playing Christmas Carols on my tombone at the Electric Beanz Coffe Bar in Raleigh this weekend, Saturday November 27th from 1-3pm as part of their Holiday Open House.  Feel free to take a break from your post Thanksgiving shopping frenzy and stop in to say hello.  In addition to the live holiday music, the friendly folks at Electric Beanz will be holding a free tea tasting from SBS teas and offering samples of cocoas and coffees as well.

If you miss the Open House, I will be back playing carols on Saturday December 18th from 5-7pm.   Come on by for some great coffee and holiday music to get you in the Christmas spirit!  Don’t forget, in addition to their awesome coffee and teas, Electric Beanz also serves draft beer from Fuquay’s own Aviator Brewery and select wines from Chatham Hills Winery.  Hope to see you there!


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Acoustic Open Mic Night at Electric Beanz – Thursday August 12 at 7:30pm!


Electric Beanz Coffee Bar is holding an Acoustic Open Mic Night on Thursday August 12th at 7:30pm.  Musician sign up starts at 7pm. Each performer can sign up to perform a maximum of 3 songs per time slot.  Once everyone has had a chance to share their talent, those wishing to sign up for a 2nd round are more than welcome to perform again.  Electric Beanze has a nice relaxing atmosphere and is the perfect location for budding and experienced musicians alike to hone their craft.  They also serve some of the best organic coffee around and as an added bonus offer some great local beers from Aviator Brewing Co. in Fuquay and wines from the Triangle’s own Chatham Hill Winery.

For more information about the Open Mic Night check out their Facebook Event Page.

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Electric Beanz Coffee Bar – More Than Just Great Coffee!


I’m always on the lookout for places that have great coffee and free live music and I prefer to support local businesses whenever possible.  With that in mind, my wife and I headed out Friday night to check out the Electric Beanz Coffee Bar located in Raleigh next to the Harris Teeter in the Kings Grant shopping center at the intersection of Ten-Ten Road and 401.

As soon as we arrived I knew we had found what we were looking for. The shop has an inviting vibe which was complimented that night by the presence of a four piece band tucked away in the back corner playing mellow jazz tunes.  My wife and I ordered our drinks and chatted with the friendly owner who explained their weekly specials and upcoming events.


The coffee bar offers everything from your regular cup of coffee to fancy cappuccinos and lattes. They also serve fruit smoothies made with real fruit. On this occasion I had my favorite, a mocha, and my wife had a decaf latte, both of which were excellent. We both like that they use organic fair trade coffee from local roaster right here in Raleigh and only use hormone free organic milk. 

While the coffee takes center stage, Electric Beanz also features some tasty looking baked goods from some of the best local bakeries. They have traditional and gluten free cheesecakes from Miss Taffy’s Cheesecakes in Apex and other baked treats like muffins, danishes, and scones from both Heavenly Scents Bakery and Sweet Jane’s Bakery. They also offer a little South American flare with spinach and feta empanadas from Espiga Bakery in Raleigh.


While there, we learned that Electric Beanz is a regular participant in a local event called “Art after Dark” where on the second Friday of each month they feature the work of local artists and have live jazz music performed by the Dave Reitmeyer and his Jazz Band. This month’s featured artist is Jo Cicci. She was on hand Friday night exhibiting her work and doing a little painting right there in the coffee shop.  Several of her pieces will be on display in the shop for the rest of the month .

My favorite piece was an acrylic canvas painting of red shutters opening out to a lush green landscape. It gave me the impression I was looking through the painting to the outside world as if through a window. I couldn’t help but think how something like that would brighten my dreary windowless office!


What I really liked about this coffee bar is that it has a “neighborhood place” kind of feel you get from a business that has strong ties with the surrounding community. Of course the offer free wi-fi access and you can spot the occassional game of chess bing played, but the also support the local art and music scene which is a rare thing these days. In addition to the Art after Dark events, Electric Beanz features other local musicians on a regular basis, holds poetry readings, and even offers teen open mic nights for budding musicians.  Electric Beanz is also a popular networking location and serves as one of  the sites for Inside 919’s weekly Tuesday morning “coffee break” networking meet-ups.

I’m really glad we discovered this neighborhood coffee bar and I look forward to visiting it again in the future.  To get more information about their upcoming events check out the calendar on their facebook page or you can follow them on twitter.  To view the rest of the photos from my visit, please check out my flickr photo album.

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