A most surprising, delightful thing happened on my visit to a cozy little bar and grille in Cheektowaga on William St- the Anchor Inn. Their weekly open mic starts at 8pm- @ 1am Wednesday evenings. They have a decent crowd but one with an incredible enthusiasm for each and every performer, on every song. Common in the bar is for people to get so excited with the music that they try to shake your hand in the middle of the song. I am not sure what appendage a guitar player is supposed to shake with during a song, but the enthusiasm is greatly appreciated just the same. If the bar had rafters, there would have been many times that people would be swinging on them at times. The sound system is more than adequate and the hosting by JC Thompson was exceptional. Although it is an open mic, JC, the host has some nights where the open mic turnout by musicians is very low. As a result the patrons, who are very receptive to listen to any artist, do get spoiled on occasions when JC plays the entire open mic night by himself. He has such a sense of humor and a great way of interacting with the crowd that it makes a whole evening pass very quickly. I have never have heard so many people sing along with so many songs. Although this was based on only one visit, we enthusiastically recommend this bar to any musicians who are looking for a very rewarding place to play. This locale will be listed when we post our next TOP 12 open mic review for Buffalo coming this December 2013, and their ranking will be lofty, that is for sure. Some good advice- the patrons here love oldies, 60's and 70's music among others work well here. Enjoy!