Weekend Update – Feb. 20-21, 2010 at Penachos

Saturday evenings at Penachos, in Deland, have been building steadily and we now usually have about 100 people and many have been returning on a regular basis. This Saturday was no exception and next weekend should be a blast with the crowd from the Deland Bike Rally. Our show time will shift to 12:30-3:30pm for this event.

Stop by for the absolute BEST Mexican food, friendliest service and most relaxed atmosphere you’ll find anywhere! We’ve got a full menu and Happy Hour runs all night!


Open Mic Sundays at Penachos. What can I say? Every week, we have a mix of returning musicians and new faces to fill out the evening. The dining room and booths fill up fast and we always have lots of appreciative diners enjoying the music.

This past Sunday was our first Christian Open Mic Sunday and we were truly blessed with the great turnout of musicians, their friends and the diners. We  had a few newcomers to performing in front of a live audience, but you wouldn’t have known it from their stage time.

First off, I’d like to thank Cheryl for entertaining us with a few spiritual Cajun stories while I changed my G String…. on my guitar. Twenty plus years performing and that’s only the second time I’ve broken a string on stage. I’m so glad Cheryl and Ron were there!

Next, Naomi came up and we did a few songs together. Naomi is one of my students and this was her first time in front of a new crowd. She was terrific! I’m so proud of her and I also got to meet her husband, Jason and sons, Cody and Preston. What a great family. Two of Naomi’s friends were there, also and I think Kaylie wants to do a duet with her next time.

After Naomi, RyAnne took the stage. She brought her parents and brother, Steven, who was celebrating his 19th birthday. RyAnne led us in singing Happy Birthday and then we all shared in the great cake she brought for him. She then did a great job on “The Valley Song” by Jars of Clay and “Unfailing Love” by Bethany Dillon. What a voice RyAnne’s got. I can’t wait to hear more of her.

Our old friend, Dell Hoyt came up and switched between guitar and banjo for his set which included several gospel standards, including Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Wayfaring Stranger, This Train, and This Little Light of Mine. We also had the pleasure of meeting Dell’s lovely wife, Helen.

Lihau (pronounced Lee-How) sang, and dedicated, Amazing Grace in honor of her mother who just passed away. Dell and I were honored when she asked us to back her up on Banjo and guitar, respectively.

Carlos and Ventura took the stage and performed a terrific set for us, as usual. Congratulations to Ventura on his upcoming wedding. What a wonderful family he and his fiancé have!

Joe Provost brought his keyboard and treated us to several heartfelt, original songs. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more of Joe on Open Mic Sundays!

Thanks, everyone for your support. Musicians, guests and staff, you make every Sunday something special for me to look forward to and when God shows up, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!



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