Last night was the debut performance of the "Whadd'ya Say Show" in Dansville, NY. The turn out was slight - I think it had something to do with all the ghosts that have been rumored to roam around Dansville at night, including the ghost of a " ... 9 foot high huge man seen going through garbage... " (that's the quote. really. And, no - I'm not that tall.)
It was also very, very hot in the performance room. These conditions can make it challenging to give your best performance. I'm happy to report that the show was indeed fun which, of course, was the whole idea. Co-hosts Heather Zajkowski and Ross Johnson were charming and funny (they're sooooo cute.) I love working with them. This is just the beginning - heavens knows what the three of us will be doing in the upcoming shows. ALL the guest were great!
Janet Beardsley the Knitter - all you never thought you'd want to know about knitting... Jeremy Bittle - electronica, music wizard. After his mesmerizing performance, he joined with the stage band (Frank Minuto and Greg Gilmore), Heather and Ross and myself, as we indulged in a jazz jam poet slam called "Dansville 2010" ( fortunately we won't do that again...) And our special guest - song writer and author, Steve Rapson - watch and learn from a pro. I learn something every time I see or talk to Steve. A great guy, a superb performer and a hilarious lunch companion.
Don't miss the next show in Lakeville NY on Friday, Aug 28 with special guest, Avi Wisnia, and others TBA. I'll be sending out a notice on that soon.
Ps. Does Lakeville have ghosts?
"The Whadd'ya Say Show"
So what is the "Whadd'ya Say Show?" Over the years, I've dabbled in many things. Guitarist for cover and original bands, front man, producer, acoustic soloist, Jazz crooner, vocalist for a reggae band, actor, and radio host. Pretty much the rule of thumb is - if it's something I can't make money at, I'll be great at it. There was talk of me doing a one-man musical play of my life story, but I'm sort of tired of being out there alone on stage. I found myself watching the old sixties programs - Carol Burnett, Smother's Brothers, etc. - and fell in love with the idea of shaping all of my experiences into one show. The band / cast, for example, would be other multi-faceted, fun, adventurous folks who would sing, play, act, and... The show would be a cross between talk-show. variety-show, band concert. It that confusing? I applied and was awarded a grant to do four of such shows in Livingston County. And if it's the kind of fun that doesn't kill me... who knows?
Here are the dates and headliners:
Aug. 14 - Steve Rapson - www.soloperformer.com at the Dansville Public Library - 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 28 - Avi Wisnia - www.aviwisnia.com at the Lakeville United Church of Christ - 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 4 - Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers - www.bmuz.net at the Genesee Valley Farm Discovery Center at 5:00 p.m. (lawn seating - bring your own picnic and enjoy the show)
Nov. 14 (Saturday) - Andreas Kapsalis Trio - www.andreaskapsalis.com at the Lakeville United Church of Christ at 7:00 p.m.
In addition to finding a small group of people (cast) to work with, I'll also being looking for other acts - hopefully not just music related - to add to the scheduled shows. If you know anyone I might be interested in, let me know. So come and check it out: "Whadd'ya Say?"