Brief: The Revelstoke Coffee House says goodbye

The coffee house wraps up April 27 with its usual open mic and a performance by prairie balladeer Scott Cook.

File photo: Denis Severino (right) joins The Metro-Gnomes (Jacob Verburg (left), Stephanie Clifford (centre) and James Clark (at back on bass)) at the Revelstoke Coffee House. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

A staple of the local folk music scene, The Revelstoke Coffee House is saying goodbye with one last get together that includes a performance by Prairie balladeer Scott Cook.

Organized by local musician Denis Severino and a group of dedicated volunteers, the coffee house has made its home in the basement of the Revelstoke United Church for the past nine years. Running monthly events from October through April, the coffee house brought in a myriad of well-known folk musical talent. It also offered an incredibly supportive open mic portion, allowing anyone who desired to show off their musical capabilities on stage.

In an announcement on The Revelstoke Coffee House’s Facebook page, Severino said the church is seeking a full time tenant and referred to the end of the coffee house as “bittersweet.” There has been some suggestion about finding another venue, but Severino told the Mountaineer re-creating the spirit of the event just wouldn’t be possible.

File photo: George Gertzen’s deep bass voice had the audience calling out for some Johnny Cash. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“One thing about music events is they have their own energy and a particular vibe. You need a certain amount of magic with these events,” he said.

Despite losing its regular home, the coffeehouse may not be completely gone, however. Severino said The Revelstoke Coffeehouse will maintain its non-profit status and while nothing is set in stone events, such as a square dance, are being considered.

The Revelstoke Coffee House’s last performance and open mic takes place Saturday, April 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is $3. Performers are welcome to sign up for a 10 minute set during the open mic.