Hot Dogma nights continue to offer Morinville a different Friday night [VIDEO]

From left: Sean Bulger, Bradley Durand and Justin Hogg perform a Neil Young song Friday night at Higher Grounds' Hot Dogma open mic night. - Stephen Dafoe Photo

By Staff

Morinville – There’s something besides coffee brewing at Higher Grounds coffee house on Main Street. Friday nights are starting to get a reputation for being a night people can enjoy an espresso and entertainment or a cappuccino and comedy.

While the coffee house has brought in a variety of talent for special evening performances, it is the Hot Dogma open mic nights that have offered Morinville a chance to see the variety of talent available within its boundaries.

“Hot Dogma nights at Higher Grounds is all about young people and other people here in Morinville showcasing their talents,” said Crystal Terhorst, event organizer and volunteer at the coffee shop. “It’s a really fun time. We get together and we see their best skills coming out.”

Last Friday night’s event combined improv comedy, freestyle dance, singing, drumming and magic. But not all of the magic involved sleight of hand – for local musician and MCHS student Justin Hogg, the real magic was having another venue in Morinville to play at.

“This was my first night and I love performing for people,” Hogg said after he finished a set with fellow musicians Sean Bulger and Bradley Durand. “I’m always looking for performances.”

Hogg said a friend told him about Hot Dogma nights and he decided to come out and play Friday night. That performance ended with Hogg and his friends putting on a foot-stomping impromptu jam, a musical performance joined by local musician Ed Bulger on harmonica.

Hogg and his band have been asked to perform for an entire evening at the coffee house June 17. The next Hot Dogma night is scheduled for July.

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