Patrick Maloney and I have been trying to get together for a chat since he started the Local Music Open Mic Series at the Fox Theater. I hit him up again last week because I really wanted to do a show to help promo the big Cinco de Mayo show that will have over 20 local acts in the theater on the big stage. We managed to schedule a quick meeting.
In the middle of a busy Panera Bread morning rush we fueled up good (Dr. Pepper for Patrick, coffee for me) and forgot about the clock. Yes, this one is literally epic. I suppose it could be that our meeting was simply overdue (we've both been around town for years) and we had to catch up. Anyway you look at it we had an amazing conversation that careened through the years, around most corners of town and namechecked countless fellow locals.
Patrick started working at the Fox under the first management (where his urgings to include local music weren't terribly well received). When the massive Live Nation took over the operating contract, Patrick was pleasantly surprised to be tasked with creating a regular local music event in the theater's Preview Bar. Two months into its run the Fox Open Mic has become a verified success, drawing a diverse turnout of listeners and performers every Monday night (not to mention photographers Michael J. Elderman, Buzz Saw and Victor Duran). As of this week Patrick has also started a local music concert series at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.
So this is, by far, the longest episode. However, if you play music in Riverside you're going to want to find out what we might have said about you. This is why your ears were burning Wednesday morning.
- Ralph from Riverside