Have you ever gone somewhere or done something and thought to yourself, “Why have I never done this before?!” Well that was my thought Friday night after I got home from a great night in Collinsville.
Every Friday night at Lasalle Market they have Friday’s at Lasalle, an open mic event. During the summer months the first and last Friday’s they have Starry Nights. Starry Nights is where the local businesses stay open later and have little meet and greets with shop owners who provide snacks and wine. Luckily, the night I went was a Friday where both events were happening.
While I waited for my friend to meet me I splurged in America the Beautiful Country Store on soy candles and local soaps. Before I could even finish asking if this was a Starry Night, I was being asked if I wanted a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. What wonderful customer service!
Sam arrived just in time to save me from myself and we headed upstairs to Lasalle. The food smelled amazing but we kept it simple with Stony Creek’s Dock Time.
The level of talent was incredible. These are people who have been playing for a long time and play because they love music. It was also awesome to see the older and younger musicians playing together and somewhat free styling. There were plenty of “regulars” that make this their Friday night tradition, but they made us newbies feel welcome.
While there was still some daylight we decided to head outside and check out the band playing on the green and to explore.
I must say, I’m super jealous of kids today! There were families and young couples everywhere. I couldn’t help but think how awesome these kids have it to be part of such a close and active community where they spend their free time attending open mic nights supporting loca artists.
There were a few other events going on, but our eyes were drawn to The Underground Gallery. I’ve passed this place plenty of times but this was the first night I’ve seen it open so we raced in.
There was awesome original artwork and jewelry from local artists available to buy and even some of the artists mingled around answering questions.
Regulars here already know how much I love Collinsville, but this cemented it. I’m already planning my return, because HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS ALREADY?!
I highly recommend hitting Collinsville up in a Friday night. Not only are you supporting loca music artists, but you also have the opportunity to support the small businesses in the area, a lot of whom source from local farms!
Has anyone ever been?