Back before I had notion of what a Starbucks was, let alone Pete’s Coffee or The Coffee Bean, I had a favorite place just down the road in the Target Shopping Center in Poway, California called Java Joe’s. Tuesdays were open mic night and I would spend my afternoon memorizing songs I could sing play on guitar and then head down to Java Joe’s for my 15 minutes on stage. Java Joe’s has seen the launch of music careers for artists such as Jewel and Jason Mraz. I once had to follow Jewel on an open mic night… not really what I wanted to do. At the time I had a recording studio and I think I actually gave her a card but never did get to record her. It seems like only a few months later I was hearing her on the radio. Not long after my encounter with Jewel, Java Joe’s moved down to Ocean Beach and has been in several locations since. Now, 26 years later at his new place in Old Town, San Diego, Java Joe’s is still a favorite place for live music, good coffee, and good friends.