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The December 2018 Live Music Schedule!

December is, naturally, a bit lighter due to the holidays, but there are still plenty of chances to catch a show or open MIC: Sunday, 12/2/18, 2-5pm Hidden Lakes Winery in Canal Winchester Monday, 12/3/18, 6-9pm MIC Night at Stadz Pizzeria with Rick Barr and Friends! Friday, 12/7/18, 7-10pm Caribbean Jerks in Powell Saturday, 12/8/18, 8-11pm Tavern At The Creek in Galena Monday, 12/10/18, 6-9pm MIC Night at Stadz Pizzeria with Rick Barr and Friends! Saturday, 12/15/18, 4-7pm Brewery 33 in Logan Monday, 12/17/18, 6-9pm MIC Night at Stadz Pizzeria with Rick Barr and Friends! Saturday, 12/22/18, 6-9pm, Stadz Pizzeria in Blacklick Friday, 12/28/18, 7-10pm Aloft in Westerville Monday, 12/31/18, 6

The Ubiquitous Ad Issue

Ride Metrobus? You’ll soon start hearing audio ads on your ride. Check out this article, then come back and read. As much as I might like to hear my own voice on a Metrobus, I have to admit, this would be a bit annoying. We're getting inundated by ads more than ever before. Through television, radio, apps, and now public transportation. Of course, ads have been painted on the sides of buses for decades but once you're inside, what do you want most? More ads, of course. This likely isn't the case, but companies are being increasingly bold about how they feed you their sales pitches. For example, one particularly annoying trend over the last decade has been in sports broadcasting and repo

Connections & Holidays

As we head into Thanksgiving and, I suppose, the official start of the Christmas season (though I know plenty of folks who have had their trees set up since Halloween), I'm very thankful once again that I have the opportunity to do work that I love and share it with others. Whether it's restoring an old photograph of a loved one, or playing a song that has a special connection to a couple, I'm always touched when those moments happen. Saturday, I performed at Hocking Hills Winery, one of the absolute best venues in terms of pure fun. There are several groups of people who are always there, whom I've gotten to know pretty well over the last couple years. They love to sing, dance, and party

Getting the Family Involved

I played a couple of shows this past weekend at familiar venues, ones that I've been playing for a few years. They're like comfort zones in a way, where you know what kind of music the respective crowds like, yet can also feel free to experiment a bit. I tried out some new tunes I've learned from Nirvana and Queen, and received useful feedback on them. But the highlight of the weekend had to be when my sister, Kelli, got on stage Saturday with her ukulele during my mid-show break and played solo for the very first time. She's quite a talented woman, having been involved in the performing arts from a young age. She's also far more technically wise than me in terms of music theory. She got

New Songs, An Idea, & A Photo

This past weekend, I played a couple shows at familiar venues. Friday was Caribbean Jerks in Powell, a neat restaurant offering a wide variety of food, and a small stage for us solo musicians to perform on. I hadn't been there for nearly a year. I'd been scheduled last March on my sister's birthday, and had a pretty big show and birthday party planned, including her debuting her ukulele. But I got sick. A sinus infection, something I tend to get about once a year. I'd never cancelled a show before, but this thing persisted, and I had no choice. It hurt to be responsible like that! So, this past Friday, my sister stopped by with some friends, and I played a bunch of 80s and 90s stuff j

Rick's November Live Music Schedule!

Even though this info is available on FaceBook and elsewhere on this site, I've had folks asking for more heads-up on where I'll be, so they can make appropriate plans (I assume, to come out and see me). This Thanksgiving is one where my wife Tamara and I will be out of town, visiting her family, so it's unusually light in terms of quantity. Ah, but the quality! It'll be so good. Here's my schedule: Fri, NOV 2: Caribbean Jerks 7-10PM, Lewis Center, OH Sun, NOV 4: Hidden Lakes Winery 2-5PM, Canal Winchester, OH Mon, NOV 5: MIC Night at Stadz Pizzeria with Rick Barr and Friends! 6-9PM, Blacklick, OH Fri, NOV 9: Leap N Lizard's 7-10PM, Hilliard, OH Sat, NOV 10: Tavern At The Creek 8-11PM, Ga

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Solo Musician, Voice Professional, Portrait Artist, Narrator, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter, Live Music Performance, Graphic Designer, Photo Restoration, Audio Restoration, Columbus Ohio