Four talented young friends from the Nashville area, banded together to write and perform country music. Taking inspiration from a classic old Bob Dylan tune, they decided to call themselves Farewell Angelina.
The band is currently on their Women and Wine Tour of the United States and made a stop in the Iowa Great Lakes Region to perform an outdoor concert at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.
Nicole Witt is prolific on both the guitar and fiddle and has an amazing singing voice. Ashley Gearing plays guitar, sings and has a charming sense of humor when conversing between numbers. Her attempts at pronouncing Okoboji got better as the night went on. Andrea Young can play fiddle with the best of them and has a very good vocal range as well. Andrea Benz is an import from Switzerland who plays guitar and sings well with her friends.
An added bonus was Ben Cordonero. He sat on an electrified box drum what he played with his hands or brushes and occasionally hit a cymbal nearby. It was his first appearance with the band and he made a valuable contribution to the show.
The gals took turns as lead singer from number to number. Their harmony on "Eye of the Tiger" was a delight.
Many of the numbers they performed had to do with the highs and lows of summer. Witt got emotional when doing "Without Love" and it was a super performance.
One of my favorites of the night was the blend of their voices and the fiddles in "Free Fallin'" and we were invited to sing along, which we gladly did.
Farewell Angelina gave us a soothing, nice evening of music in perfect weather. The heat and humidity had subsided Tuesday enabling performers, technicians and audience members to enjoy the music and beauty of the outdoors.
Kudos to the technical crew for rigging up a sound stage where there are usually cars parked. They worked hard all evening to bring us the music and we thank them for that.
The next outdoor concert at PLAC takes place on July 28 featuring the Scotty Miller Band.