Homer's Coffee House

Homer's Coffee House
Theresa and the "Theresa Fan Club" with Pickin' on the Patio T-shirts
For 2014, Homer's Coffee House has decided to discontinue Pickin' on the Patio. It has been a great ten years. A big thanks to everyone who has been involved.

Pickin' on the Patio was a weekly open-mic jam session hosted by Homer's Coffee House, 80th & Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas.

The group met every Monday night between Memorial Day and Labor day at 7:30. We began in 2003, so we are into our eighth season.

The hostess was Theresa Kaat-Wohlert who did a great job of keeping things moving and assuring that everyone who wants to play had a chance. Her husband Bob, is a musical giant who will gladly give a free music lesson when asked, and helps keep everybody in time and on key. Jim Mathis plays the dobro and was the initiator of this summer event.

Jim founded Homer’s in 2001 and patterned Pickin' on the Patio after an event his father hosted in the 1950’s. Jim is no longer involved with managing Homer’s and volunteers his time with two of his band mates on Monday nights to make a successful event happen. The band members of Sky Blue consist of Jim Mathis, Theresa Kaat-Wohlert, Bob Kaat-Wohlert and Wes Burrows.

The puprose of Pickin' on the Patio was first, to have a good time; and then to develop friendships and relationships to encourage one another and build one another up. In the process we hoped to encourage talent and build musical skills.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Last Night of the Season

Monday, August 31 was the last night of the 2009 Pickin on the Patio season. I believe that this was the largest crowd we have ever had. From our modest start in 2003, the event gets bigger every year.

The lion's share of the credit must go to our hostess, Theresa. She does an amazing job of keeping things moving and making everybody feel welcome. Her husband Bob, is a master musician who is wonderful at helping people find their key and knowing chord progressions to just about any song. Pickin on the Patio would not happen without them. Be sure and thank them for their hard work and dedication.

As far as we know now, the next Pickin on the Patio will be Monday, June 7, 2010.

Keep the music going and we will see you next year. In the meantime patronize Homer's Coffee House, come hear Sky Blue whenever you can, and always support local live music.