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Labyrinth Walk Coffee House: Oak Cliff Music Space Provides Outlet For Teens

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By Nature Sargent

A funny thing happened to me on my way to the Juvy Jam at Labyrinth Walk Coffee House. I wound up in church! Yes, right here in the heart of Oak Cliff, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff has opened up its doors and set its stage on fire with music. And a lot of it, I might add.

The Labyrinth Walk Coffee House is quickly becoming a great destination for music, movies and fun. It’s just around the corner and west on Kiest (from I-35 and Highway 67) for all of us southside dwellers. The space is donated by the church and run by volunteers. There will be no preaching or plate passing, but there will be plenty of great tunes.

All teens who have a desire to sing, strum, drum, fiddle, bust a rhyme, scat or hum will get a chance to do so! Youth from thirteen to twenty are welcome and all styles of music desired. There is no program or instruction, just come on out and jam. To quote Miss Marcy, “This ain’t grown folks fun!” There will be no alcohol, just some snacks and soda.

Juvy Jam flowed forth from the mind of Miss Marcy.  She was inspired by what she saw as, “No place for young musicians to get together and jam!” She wants Juvy Jam at the Labyrinth Walk Coffee House to be just the place. Parents can bring their talented teens to the stage and sit a spell. The teens can jam with Miss Marcy and her Texas Sugar Daddy’ along with guest teen guitarist Brandon Katona. Mr. Katona, another talented musician, is traveling all the way from Coppell to support the Jam.

Miss Marcy was educated at the University of North Texas and performs regularly at Pearl, in downtown Dallas singing the blues. She has taught music in area school districts, including Rockwall and Dallas. She has a warm personality and is not just a singer, but and entertainer.

While the Juvy Jam is the place to be every Tuesday from 7 pm to 10 pm, there are many other great acts you can take in at the Labyrinth Walk Coffee House. The first week of June, there will be a showing of Gasland, the next film in their monthly Social Justice Film series. The showing is presented by the UUCOC Social Justice Ministry and co-sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center. You can find out more at www.FirstTuesdayFilms.com.

Also, this coming holiday weekend, Ronny Cox will be in concert. Tickets are a pocket friendly $10. Also, Susan Gibson, who penned the country music hit, “Wide Open Spaces”, and has been recognized by the CMA for her songwriting talents will be in concert on June 4.

Recognizing the musical cravings of the greater Oak Cliff area, we can also look forward blues and jazz events this summer “Under the Stars”. To find out more about your area coffee house and the diverse musical lineup, www.labyrinthwalkcoffeehouse.com and see if there are any acts that suit your tastes. A great night out does not have to take you past the Trinity River. That should be great news for your wallet and gas tank!

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  • Tyre Thomas

    i love music and i love to sing & hopefully someone can help me out

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