Friday, January 12, 2018

January Java Jam and other news

Mickey Reynolds, a member of The Java Jam Band, brought up the idea of featuring the music of one of everybody’s favorite singer/songwriters, Merle Haggard, and his legendary story of epic proportions. Merle was in San Quentin Prison in 1968 performing for a captive audience where he made quite an impression on inmates with his guitar pickin’ and vocal skills. “Not bad,” inmates often said, “for an armed burglar.” That same year Johnny Cash wrote a song titled “Folsom Prison Blues” and got permission to record an album live at some California prison. Merle was in the audience as an inmate. Inmates and even the warden agreed that Merle was as good as Cash, ought to give up robbery, move to Nashville and get in the music business.
As preposterous as it sounds that’s exactly what Haggard did, turned his life around and won award after award for hit songs written about his colorful life. He went from the “Big House” to the “White House,” perhaps the most successful graduate of any correctional institution in America. Johnny Cash even became a supporter and mentor, along with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble.
Mickey will perform the songs, and tell the stories that go along with them, that will give you some interesting insight into how they came to be, backed by the Java Jam Band. The first set at 6 pm will consist of famous tunes like Mama Tried, Branded Man, Swingin’ Doors, Are the Good Times Over, Workin’ Man Blues, Today I Started Lovin’ You Again, Silver Wings, Fightin’ Side of Me, Oakie From Muskogee, Big City, I Had a Beautiful Time, If We Make it Through December, and as many others as time will permit.
The always delicious covered dish supper will be at 7 pm and the second set from 8 to 9 pm will be vintage Java Jam tunes ranging from Country to Bluegrass to Breakdowns with undertones of Jazz and Texas Swing.
So come on out and celebrate the life of the “Hag.” Bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge and enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music venue. For other details and directions see
Upcoming Event

Thursday, Feb. 1st -- Local Candidate Forum, Wharton Civic Center, 6 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 7th -- Coffee with your Cops - 7:30 am to 9 am, Milam Street Coffee Shop
Thursday, Feb. 8th -- Local Candidate Forum, Mikeskas on Hwy 59, 6 pm
Monday, Feb. 12th through Saturday, Feb. 17th - Milam Street Coffee Shop CLOSED for Renovations
Friday, Feb. 23rd - Java Jam, Milam Street Coffee Shop, 6 pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Red, White and Blue Lemonade!

Come get out of the HEAT!
Drink our special of July.
Red, White and Blue Lemonade!
You'll never guess the secret
ingredient that makes it a
taste to die for!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 2017 Java Jam

The next Java Jam will be Friday, March 31, Milan St Coffee, Wharton, 6-9 pm. Our musician guest Mike Stroup, Moravia, Texas, returns with some special performer friends of his own to boot, a duo known as Southern Light.
Southern Light, led by Reta and Ron Rebstock, offers a refreshing variety of Texas-style music suitable for any occasion. The group showcases male and female vocal harmony supported by precision instrumentals on banjo, guitar and bass. Repertoire consists of the most popular songs from the following music categories: Western Swing, Bluegrass, Country, Cajun, Easy Listening, and Traditional Texas favorites. Versatility of performance along with a highly professional attitude has enabled Southern Light to please audiences of all ages for more than 35 years.
Southern Light is capable of tailoring the performance format to fit a wide range of entertainment requirements, from 2-piece acoustic strolling to 5-piece fully amplified. Experience and flexibility makes the entertainment of requests a priority, and the overall success of the event the primary goal. For a smooth, clean sound and a sharp, Texas look, Southern Light is it!
Come join us for Wharton’s most unique dining/live entertainment venue. Just bring a covered dish with a little extra to share and $15 per person cover charge. The first set is 6 pm, followed by the always delicious buffet at 7 pm and the Java Jam set from 8 to 9pm. OK to bring your own wine or beer. See for directions and other information.