The stage was stark and bare. Four microphones with monitors, four stools with two bottles of water on each were the only adornments. The curtains were wide open and a spotlight shone down.
Then four men ran onto the stage and an enchanting evening of music began at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. The Alley Cats, fresh off a cruise ship in Alaska, came to entertain us and they did it extremely well.
Royce, John, Mando and Jeremy sang song after doo wop song to the delight of a nearly full house in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre. Their harmonies were right on and their comical bantering between numbers had the captivated audience laughing.
An all a cappella evening with some of the best songs to come out of the '50s and '60s was perfectly performed. The harmony was perfect on "What's Your Name." We got to sing along with some of our favorites like "Shaboom, Shaboom" and "Who Wrote the Book of Love." We never missed a beat when we were to clap, snap our fingers or sing along.
Gorgeous dreamy harmonies made "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" so special. Co-founder Mando Fonseca has a voice that projects well and a dry sense of humor that we enjoyed.
John O'Campo did some incredible animal sounds during "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
There were intense feelings and spirit emitted during "The Duke of Earl." Royce Reynolds has a beautiful bass voice. When he did an Elvis song, he melted my heart!
"Only You" treated us to the gorgeous high tenor voice of Jeremy Bernard. He was fabulous with this song.
Some poor gentleman named Dave was dragged on stage to dance and sing with the quartet. He was a really good sport and is to be commended for his "performance."
When they sang "Good Night Sweetheart" to us, we did not want the evening to be over. So they had to come back to do an encore.
We left reluctantly after "Love Potion #9."
Thank you to The Alley Cats for a super evening of song and dance and comedy. They returned to the California homes the next day but I hope they will come back to entertain us again. We want to hear more!