Photo By Miguel Espinoza/Viking -- Renee Bruno, 19, an illustration major at LBCC performs at the Motorjaw open mic night at Eco Coffee at 5475 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808. The event is organized by Morgan Herbold
Photo By Miguel Espinoza/Viking —
Renee Bruno, 19, an illustration major at LBCC performs at the Motorjaw open mic night at Eco Coffee at 5475 E Carson St, Long Beach, CA 90808. The event is organized by Morgan Herbold

Elizabeth Cheruto / Staff Writer

Ecco Coffee House is the closest café by LBCC where students hangout for Mayan Mocha and more than 30 other organic drinks.

The house last Saturday hosted a motorjaw, open mic event which they host every fourth Saturday.

The Motorjaw organizer, Morgan Herbold, said Ecco Cafe is a unique hub for the locals to get together to socialize and also for students to study.

Morgan said they hosted the open mic at this particular coffee house because the place has an energy that can sustain the open mic atmosphere and it has loyal locals who support them.

Morgan added the open mic event is for promoting the local talent in the community and also to give LBCC students who go there to study, an opportunity to showcase their talents beyond the college walls.
He added that the talents are unique and you never know what a performer is going to perform until you see it on stage.

He added that the event was a success with more than 30 people in attendance, and 9 performers. He concluded you cannot find this kind of show on bigger shops like Starbucks or It’s a Grind.

An LBCC student Katie Robison, 27, an undecided major is among those students who frequents the hub and she said it has good, organic, fresh coffee and she loves the outdoor sitting.

Tyler Spraker, 20, an English major, is an LBCC student who also works at the cafe said the shop is well known to students and the locals due to positive reviews on Yelp.
Another LBCC student, Christopher Mclaughlin, 21, a French major, and works at the cafe said, LBCC students and teachers are among their frequent customers.

Some of the performance included music, poetry, and stand up, among the nine performers, was an LBCC student Rene Bruno, 19, an Illustration major who said she was not nervous performing a song with a miniguitar, because she has played at bigger coffee shops.