A 4-Pack of local goings on
For the next 2 weekends theatergoers are in for a treat as LionHeart Productions, (who can boast a lengthy run of wildly popular musicals) delivers their latest offering when Bright Star graces the Grant Fine Arts Center stage.
Here’s an interview we did with lead actress Megan Wirts about the play:
The Play opens Friday with the performance beginning at 7pm. Saturday also has a 7pm offering and the Sunday matinee performance begins at 2pm.
Next Friday Nov. 10th there will be a 7pm show and Saturday the 11th there will be a matinee at 2pm followed by the final show at 7pm
Look for our review in these pages on Friday.
I really dig female jazz vocalists. There’s just something about that steamy, smoky sound sprinkled over some judicious musical riffs from the band that seems to feed the soul. Dianna Krall is a favorite for the way she can bring a song home and the mysteriously elusive Heather Rigdon gets a lot of play on my headphones. And of course the classic sounds delivered by Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitgerald and Billie Holiday can never go unmentioned.
Thus, when I heard the Dogwood was bringing in jazz vocalist Kristine Koller there was a compelling need to acquaint myself with how she rolls. The introduction involved many of the songs on her 2022 release ‘Get Out of Town’ and I was beyond impressed. Koller doesn’t just cover tunes she blankets them, blending in her own version and delivering the goods with just a trace of attitudinal flair.
A definite must see show for aficionados of skillfully performed jazz with a topping of some seriously fine vocals. One hopes we hear a bit of Cole Porter among her selections.
Here’s the skinny on the show and how to get tickets.
Showtime is 7:30pm Friday in the club-like atmosphere of the Black Box.
The RiverStop Cafe continues to provide a musical oasis as we head into the season that lies ahead. A season that is known to severely limit any outdoor venues, thus being able to access well played music in an indoor setting is such a bonus.
This Thursday's performer is Denny Larsen who will be welcomed back by any who saw his performance at the RStop this past July. Music from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
And if it is Friday it must be Open Mike at Flying Bear Books. The weekly gig that gives folks a shot at showing their personal brand of musicianship. Always a good time and FBB is one of the most chill locales in the area. And of course there are those seriously fine crepes.
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