Thanks Everyone!

Our performance tonight at the Green Valley Theatre was more than a sell-out! We had to add a lot of extra seats at the last minute. (Hope you folks who ended up sitting literally in the laps of the performers enjoyed the “up close and personal” perspective.)

Thanks to everyone who came out for our performances. Coming up at the Green Valley Theatre, a wonderful run of “Dogfight.” (Tickets at www.greenvalleytheatre.com.) But the Verte Fe’e Cabaret will be back the last Friday and Saturday nights of May. Make plans now!

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Tickets Available Now For Verte Fe’e Cabaret

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Make your plans now, as we may sell out.  Friday and Saturday evenings March 27th and 28th only, at Sacramento’s Green Valley Theatre, located at 3823 V Street, at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard (just north of the UC Davis med center).

While the program’s subject to change, right now it looks as if I’ll be featured in two numbers, both of which I “premiered” at last night’s open mic at the Torch Club:  James Taylor’s thought-provoking “Belfast to Boston,” and the 1898 Tin Pan Alley hit that sold millions of records for Bing Crosby in the 1930’s, “Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?”  (Talk about the sublime to the ridiculous.)

There’ll be singing, dancing, and a ton more from the talented Green Valley Theatre team.  Tickets are on sale now at www.greenvalleytheatre.com, and check out www.facebook.com/greenvalleytheatre?_rdr for more information.

If you have not yet been to one of Green Valley’s Cabarets, you’re in for a treat.  It’s a night of great variety featuring some of the most talented local musical theater veterans in the area (plus yours truly).  All in good fun and in relatively good taste, but being based on the Wiemar cabarets of pre-WWII Germany, not suitable for kids.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Doin’ the bow tie thing:

tieAnd hoping to see you at the Torch Club open mic (5:30-8:00) tomorrow evening, where I’ll be trying out some Irish-themed tunes.

Upcoming Verte Fe’e Cabaret — Make Your Plans Now!

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I’ll be featured in two numbers in the upcoming edition of the Green Valley Theatre Company’s Verte Fe’e Cabaret, Friday and Saturday evenings March 27th and 28th.  Tickets will go on sale soon.  Keep watching www.greenvalleytheatre.com or www.facebook.com/greenvalleytheatre?_rdr for information.  Green Valley Theatre is located 3823 V Street, at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento (just north of the UC Davis med center).

If you have not yet been to one of Green Valley’s Cabarets, you’re in for a treat.  It’s a night of great variety featuring some of the most talented local musical theater veterans in the area (plus yours truly).  And this time around, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (tomorrow!), the theme is “Going Irish.”

More news to come.

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Sometimes Amazing Things Happen In Sacramento

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Like the “house” concert this past Saturday evening at Public House Theater (www.publichousetheater.net), a recently-opened informal and intimate 50-seat venue for movies, shows and get-togethers.  An ambitious undertaking by Monica Vejar, who enjoys promoting house concerts and other music events.  Monica decided to celebrate Women’s History Month by presenting five local songwriters and poets:  (L-R above) Jenn Rogar (www.jennrogar.com), Sandra Dolores (www.sandradolores.com), Emily Kollars (www.emilykollars.com), Martha Ann Blackman (www.rattlesnakepress.com/Martha_Ann_Blackman.html) and AJ Johnson.

Martha Ann led off with spoken and sung poems.  She isn’t just about Women’s History Month, she IS history here in Sacramento – a community leader in many causes, including the historic decommissioning of the Rancho Seco nuclear power plant (a cause in which she worked with the late Michael Remy, founder of the law firm with which I am very pleased to be currently affiliated).  Jenn – in addition to being a history teacher and law school graduate – is a songwriter who in the best tradition of folk music focuses on social and political issues with a sharp sense of humor.  AJ Johnson is a bit of a romantic who has performed solo and with local bands.

Sandra Dolores is not only a great songwriter with a wonderful voice, but she’s also a huge supporter of home-grown music, hosting three open mics here in town each week.  Yours truly was privileged to introduce Sandra to the audience, as I pointed out that she is one of three great gifts bestowed on us by her native Stockton CA.  (The other two being the Caterpillar tractor and Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s iconic poem, Casey at the Bat.)

The final performer was the youngest of group, Emily Kollars, who has a versatile jazz voice far beyond her years that can do anything and go anywhere.  (I had the privilege of showcasing Emily last year with my “Ukulele Rob Trio + 1,” and she’s a real show-stopper.)  Accompanied by the very able and affable Joshua Washington on keyboards, her songs ranged from contemporary to a bit older.   Quite a bit older.  E.g., she’s very effectively set John Dryden’s 330-year-old poem Sylvia the Fair to music.  She finished her set with her wonderful version of Billie Holiday’s and Arthur Herzog Jr.’s God Bless the Child.

And then came the highlight of the night:  All five performers singing the traditional spiritual Down in the River to Pray.  (Known by various names, including The Good Old Way, and Come, Let Us All Go Down, readers may be most familiar with Alison Krauss’ rendition from the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”).  A cappella.  (That’s Italian for “Oops, I forgot my ukulele!”)  A great way to end a wonderful evening.