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Tucker’s Music Pub – It’s a happening place
OPEN MIC – Brad Hooper, a talented musician from the area, plays during Open Mic Night at Tucker’s Music Pub on Maine Street in Norway.
NORWAY — These days, 290 Main Street is a happening place on Friday and Saturday night. And it’s all due to Tucker’s Music Pub and owners Al and Anne Mallory.
Al Mallory, an area musician for 20 years, has loved and lived for harmony and song all his life.
“My first big stage performance came at the age of 12,” he said. “I played accordion for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour television show at the old Frye Hall in Portland.”
Mallory is a talented singer and also plays guitar and bass guitar.
“I’ve played with many bands over the years,” he smiled. “Including the Powah Crew Band and the Counter Balance Band; also performing as a duo and solo performer.”
When Mallory and his wife Anne had the recession close a few doors on them, they decided to create a new future and open a new door combining their talents and starting a new phase in their lives.
The first door opened quite quickly.
Anne has been in the graphic designer, working in Norway for about 15 years and the couple opened Creative Media on Main Street. It was a full-service business offering graphic design, print and copy services and helping musicians design and print their original music CSs.
Meanwhile, jam sessions and open mic nights were using part of the space on Friday nights.
“The building was too small from day one,” admitted Anne. “The open mics caught on and soon got to the point where we could hardly fit anyone in the small area.”
“We tried to keep our Friday night jam sessions quiet and semi-secret from the general public because of lack of space,” said Al. “In the meantime, Anne’s business was growing too.”
As luck would have it, another door opened for the couple; a larger building became available just when it was needed most.
“The building at 290 Main, is right across the street from the old business and now we can continue the Friday night open mic just as before,” smiled Al. “But with a new space and a wonderful array of talent.”
“The exception now however, is that more of the public has the opportunity to see all these great local musicians perform,” he added. “Right here in Norway.”
Friday nights at Tucker’s Music Pub, the acoustic open mics invite musicians to come in and play and/or jam with other musicians if they like.
“We have all kinds of music on Friday,” explained Al. “It’s always different and we never know who’s going to show up; we have rock, blues, jazz and country.”
“We have many singer/songwriters that are regulars doing their own original tunes too,” added Anne.”Including Al playing guitar and singing with the Tucker’s house band: Bunch of Old Hippies!”
On Saturday night Tucker’s is just as busy.
“We hire bands, duos or single musicians to perform,” said Al. “Denny Breau, Brad Hooper and The Intergalactic Yurt are just some of the many talented people that have performed.
Presently the couple does not have a cover charge for the bands on Saturday night.
“That’s just the way we wanted to do it from the start,” said Anne. “We never liked going into a bar and having to pay a cover and I’m sure many people feel that way. In the future, depending on the performer, we may have to charge a fee.”
The couple both love opening their building and stage to friends and newcomers for the love of music.
“We both love doing this,” said the musician. “We love the music and the people. It’s a lot of hours and a lot of work, but we are having a great time.”
“It’s like inviting a bunch of your friends over to play music in your living room,” said Anne. “And we get to do it every Friday and Saturday from 7pm to after midnight.”
Tucker’s Music and Pub has tables and chairs, couches and bar stools; all things comfortable to sit, listen and visit with friends.
“We have a bar area and there are 38 kinds of bottled beers and ales,” said Anne. “We have wine coolers and a wide selection of red and white wines. We also serve food, such as nachos, wraps, wings, chili and steamed hot dogs.”
It was said by one of their customers: You go in to most bars to have a beer and they might have music playing in the background, at Tucker’s you go in to hear some great music, and by the way…you can have beer.”
“That’s all that needs to be said,” smiled Al. “It’s all about the music…”
For more information and schedules of Saturday night performers, check out their website online at www.creativemediaofmaine.com.