"Monday, Monday...can't trust that day."
That was true for The Mamas & The Papas in the 60s.
But you can trust that you will have a good time on a Monday.
If, of course, you make your way to Paulie's Field Trip.
The little postage stamp of a bar in West Allis, 1430 South 81st Street, has been the host venue for an acoustic open jam recently celebrated its first anniversary.
Julie (Jewlz) Schroeder, who sings background vocals for Scott E. Berendt, the US Project and others; has wanted to do this for some time.
Schroeder is a singer/songwriter in her own right and acts as ringmaster for this musical circus each and every week.
Jewlz taps into her long list of musical friends to populate the jams and kicks things off with her set at around 7 p.m.
Word has definitely gotten out about this little surprise to start off your week.
Xeno of Xeno & The Happy Jax (and Bad Boy) has done a turn there.
As has the aforementioned Scottie B, Craig Evans and Jilayne Tate from the Grimm Brothers, Michael Sean, Gabriel Sanchez, Dave Ciccantelli, Craig Omick from Groove Nation Project, Dennis Dykstra, Karen Holm and Twister Army, Dean Hoffmann and Jeff Salisbury from Shovelhead Red Band, Dave Alswager, Marla Rothenberg, Eric Wennestrand, Rink L. Finish, CP from Generation G_ap and CP3Oh!, Max Jones, Mykel Z and Tomcat Joe among many others.
Alan Williams and One Lane Bridge kick things off, using their set as a live rehearsal with Ramie Espinosa on guitar, Marshall Holm on bass and Bill Seaman on trumpet.They perform Williams' very original story-songs like modern day troubadours.
Like most open jams, it is a Hobson's Choice.
But, more often than not, seasoned players take turns at the mike.
Sara MacDermott is the bartender who keeps this party rolling with her keen attention to the customers' needs. If a glass happens to be empty, it isn't for long when Sara's behind the tappers. On Mondays, she is kept hopping.
Food is available from Paulie's, the Field Trip's sister establishment which is just a couple of doors north on the corner of 81st & Greenfield. Paul Budiac, proprietor of both locales, checks in from time to time
So, if you're twiddling your thumbs or otherwise itching for something to do on a Monday night, check out Jewlz Jam at the Field Trip.
You won't be disappointed.