Wednesday turned into a perfect evening to sit in our lawn chairs outdoors at the Pearson Lakes Art Center and listen to rock 'n' roll music.
"The Everly Set – A Celebration of the Everly Brothers" took place on the portable stage. The large audience started rolling in early; ready to enjoy some of the original music of the rock 'n' roll era.
The Everly Brothers got their start to stardom as youngsters in Shenandoah. They went on to become international music stars. Sean Altman and Jack Skuller love their music so much they put together a two-man show four years ago.
Altman is a co-founder of Rockapella. Skuller has been a Disney recording artist since he was 14.
We audience members could see that these two performers were decades apart in age. Skuller is now 24 and Altman is 59. They have managed to shrink that decades difference through their musical talents (instrumental and vocal) with respect for each other and a love of the music either written or performed by the Everly Brothers. They both displayed a terrific sense of humor as well.
We knew we would hear the standards the brothers made famous and we were not disappointed. They were quick to emphasize they are not imitators but approximators. However their harmony was beautiful and right on all evening. Each is a very talented musician. Skuller, in addition to guitar skills, added a harmonica to several of the tunes.
When the Beatles first arrived on the music scene in England, they were called the "British Everly Brothers." The duo treated us to a couple of the Beatles tunes. They also paid homage to Carole King who happens to be Altman’s aunt by marriage with an Everly Brothers version of "Locked Up In Chains."
They dedicated "Cryin' In the Rain" to military veterans as the Everly Brothers wrote it after serving in the military.
Altman and Skuller did a very entertaining Simon and Garfunkel set as well.
We lawn chair dancers sang along enthusiastically to "Bird Dog." I would give us an 8 out of 10 for our performance.
The finale, of course, was "Wake Up Little Susie." A loud standing ovation brought the dynamic duo back for an encore of "Let It Be Me."
It was an amazing evening of laughter, singing, and enjoying the music of the Everly Brothers performed extremely well. Hope they come back again to do a repeat of that show. I would also love to hear them do a Simon and Garfunkel tribute sometime too!