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12/22/2016

Dean Mueller - Coffeeshop Conversations #84 - The story behind the success of Lake Theater

By TOM D'ANTONI // Long-time bass player and now running the extremely popular Monday night series at Lake Theater in Lake O.

Back in the cupping room at World Cup Coffee and Tea at NW 18th and Glisan our OMN Coffeeshop Conversations home, I’m Tom D’Antoni.

Today we’ve got Dean Mueller in the room, a bass player formerly with the Insomniacs, still with Duffy Bishop when she comes up from Florida, bandleader with partner Julie Amici and for the past couple of years, promoter and curator at the very popular Lake Theater and Café in Lake Oswego.

Imagine that! A successful new venue. How did he do that? Why would he even try? And how did it happen?

He’s also one of the few bass players who specializes in (although not exclusively) the upright bass in with electric instruments.

How did he get here and how’s he doing?

Let’s meet Dean Mueller...and then at the end we'll hear a tune from Julie's album, not yet released:

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