Open Mic Night at the Flat Iron (2008-2009)

2 Comments 09 May, 2011

The Flat Iron’s Open Mic Night has been the home of miscreants, muses and musicians for many years. From neighborhood troubadours to the almost famous.

After working behind the bar for too long I decided to interview a number of the characters who showed up week in and week out in late 2008. I put this together in early 2009. … many of them went on to form bands with a good deal of local and regional success, some continued to listen intently, some moved away, some passed away.

Dan “Half-Pint” Parks passed away sometime in the night in his sleep. He was a messed up kind hearted soul who fought the kind of passions on a daily basis that most of us only get a glimmer of in our lifetimes.

He was, at least in my imaginings, a mad poet highlander with a never ending glass of whisky armed with the sort of wit that got you on the way out the door.

RIP Dan.

There will be an impromptu service for Dan at the Flat Iron on Tuesday May 10th.



harvey - who has written 186 posts on Monkeywhale Productions
Harvey K. Robinson is the cinematographer, editor, and director at Monkeywhale Productions. Originally from Derby, England he now resides in Greensboro, NC where he began a web series documenting musicians and artists from all over the country. Recipient of the 2009 HearNC "Marks, Stern and Thomas Award," winner of the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival Greensboro, and Betty Cone Medal of the Arts Nominee for 2011, his work has appeared as featured videos on Paste Magazine, E!News, and Aol spinner. Harvey’s commercial work has garnered 2 silver Addy awards in the past 2 years. With a background in Directing at NC School of the Arts and many years spent as a professional actor, Harvey brings a multi-disciplinary approach to each new creative endeavor whether it be a short film, music video, documentary, or commercial.
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