We had a good turn-out of friends last night for our first gig at True North in San Anselmo. The owner liked our act and has invited us back! If all goes according to plan, we will be performing there on the first Sunday of every other month. Hope to see you there on June 1!
We returned to Merrill Gardens this afternoon for the first of our quarterly shows there this year. We felt really good about the show as a whole, From the order of the set list, to the smoothness of the patter, to our increasingly co-ordinated bits of choreograph, we seem to get more polished with each performance. Rehearsal pays big dividends, but there's also nothing like performance to solidify things.As our opener, we introduced our newest number, "Sentimental Journey" which we do to a big band backing track. Isn't it amazing how we can get all of those great musicians into that little PA system!
Friday afternoon shows at Merrill Gardens are fun because the residents hang out on couches or gather around tables and have drinks while we sing.
At our first show a few months ago, there was a lot of conversation while we were singing, so it felt more like a gig in a bar or restaurant. This time everyone seemed really attentive and engaged with our performance.
Many people were mouthing the lyrics of our songs, and of course almost everyone clapped and sang along on our finale, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".
Their activity director( pictured above) was pleased, and has booked us to return every third month thru 2013.
Judy was a big hit at a private party where she had been invited to sing two of her Spanish numbers as part of the program introducing a culinary tour of Spain being co-ordinated by a well known Napa restauranteur.
Just got hired to return to The Redwoods (where it all began!) in August. We'll have Si Perkoff backing us on piano, which is always fun. He's an audience favorite at the Redwoods.
We had fun this afternoon entertaining at the Nazareth House 50th annivrsary BBQ.
We presented our 1 hour show of solo, duo, and trio numbers to an appreciative audience.
The activities director wants us back for an evening show with live accompaniment in their auditorium in the Fall. We'll wear our glam costumes for that show...floor length black gowns and lots of rhinestones!
We had a chance to sing last night with Judy Hall's quartet during our friend/mentor Connie Ducey's duo gig with Philip Williams at The Seahorse - part of Noel Jewkes' Tuesday Night Jazz Jam. Unfortunately, Noel was unable to be there.
He was missed, but several terrific instrumentalists sat in on flute (Carol Issacs) and acoustic guitar, and enriched the sound. The young bassist Ryan Lukas was a real trouper and played skillfully for three hours without a break!
Ricki and Mardi each sang a solo while Judy was out doing her Five Rhythms Dance (you GO girl! ) When Judy arrived, she generously offered to use her slot for the trio to do "Perfidia". Conveniently, Judy sings lead and also solos on that tune.
The band and the audience all seemed to enjoy the performance. We got some fuzzy iPhone pictures which we can add to our slideshow.
I' m Mardi, the redhead.