WANT TO GO?
Common Grounds Reunion
With Flounder, Chemical Results, Patterns of Force and The Tom McGees
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 9 p.m.
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jessica Rogers doesn't know if she's the right person to be putting together a Common Grounds reunion, but nobody else was doing it.
She said, "I just took the initiative."
On Saturday night, the 29-year-old and other fans of the old Summers Street coffeehouse will gather at The Empty Glass to listen to some bands and reminisce about the well-remembered all-ages club.
Bands scheduled to appear are Flounder, Chemical Results, Patterns of Force and The Tom McGees. Most contain musicians who either played Common Grounds in the '90s or spent time there. The evening will also feature a two-hour open mic for former Common Grounds musicians.
Common Grounds was a popular all-ages club from 1993 to 1999, back when smoke- and alcohol-free music venues were a harder sell. A combination coffeehouse and music venue, it began on the West Side then moved downtown in 1995 when it outgrew the West Side space.
Jess Gunno, guitarist for Chemical Results, said he and others in the band are "pumped" about performing Saturday.