Blues create beautiful sounds in Lauridsen theatre
Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 4:35 PM
The beautiful sounds of "The Blues" made sitting in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre a serenely soothing experience recently.
The Scottie Miller Band treated its audience to an evening of one blues song after another at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.
Miller brought three of his musician friends along to Okoboji and they were a treat for all of us in the theatre. Miller did the vocals as well as playing the piano, organ and mandolin. Patrick Allen was superb on the guitar and backup vocals. Dik Shopteau kept everything tight with his bass guitar and backup vocals. Mark O'Day was the drummer and a very good one at that.
These four took us on a blues road trip from Minneapolis to St. Louis and then to New Orleans.
"Days of Reckoning" was beautiful. A song about getting busted by authorities called "I've Been Made" had a really great beat. "It Ain't What You Say But What You Do" gave us a really quirky beat that was most enjoyable.
At times the drums and bass were so loud I had trouble hearing Miller's keyboard skills. He was amazing on the keys and after intermission we could hear him much better.
Miller's mandolin and Shopteau's bass duet in "Stay Above Water" was excellent.
I felt that "Spanish Harlem Princess" was an impressive number. The quartet of first-rate musicians concluded the evening appropriately with "Keep On Walkin" and we did, out to the lobby where they came to visit with the members of their audience.
It was an enjoyable evening of "Blues" music that totally charmed the audience.