We in the Lakes Region are fortunate to be given many options for a wide variety of music genres to enjoy. Last week the Pearson Lakes Art Center brought us two very different shows on two consecutive nights.
Tuesday night BAT performed a one-man show that was such a delight to the packed Pomerantz Hall.
This man (I think his first name is really Tom) sang and played his acoustic guitar for two and one quarter hours without stopping. He is an amazing guitarist who proved his skills with the most outstanding performance of “Deliverance” I have ever heard. A Spanish number and the “William Tell Overture” also showcased that talent.
BAT’s show consisted of a vast variety of songs, 99 percent of which we could all sing along to and did…with enthusiasm.
We sang theme songs from television shows and even the commercial for Oscar Mayer B-O-L-O-G-N-A. laughing our way through that one.
His rendition of “Homeward Bound” had the audience spellbound; as did an original composition called “The Long Way Home” that he dedicated to the Marines who served in Afghanistan.
Our loudest singing came from Petula Clark’s “Downtown” and the always popular “Rocky Top.” We actually danced in our chairs and had great fun with that tune.
We all stood and sang along with feeling to “America.”
The audience reluctantly let BAT conclude a fun-filled evening with “King of the Road.” Perhaps he will hit the road from his home down south, back to Okoboji next year.
On Wednesday night music lovers returned to hear The Hit Men in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre.
The band is comprised of five very talented musicians: Steve Murphy on drums; Mike Dimeo on keyboards; Mark Newman on guitar; Greg Smith on bass and Tommy Wicciams on guitar. They have each played individually with many of the greats in music such as Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Billy Joel and Journey.
All five added their vocal abilities to the show. Newman has a really great singing voice, and they harmonize well.
They played a tribute to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones who passed away last week. I liked their rendition of Cheap Trick’s 1982 hit “I Want You to Want Me.”
In spite of how talented these musicians were, I went home with my ears ringing and my body aching. They had their sound man gear up the sound to decibel levels higher than one might expect for outdoor concerts at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park. They were pounding their music into us rather than letting us sit back and absorb their talent. PLAC was kind enough to pass out ear plugs as we filed into the theatre. I wore mine all night but still had ringing in my ears the next morning.
Some of the audience did not return after the intermission, and I saw others leave about halfway into the second set.
I think that is a shame, because they are five very talented performers. Please tone it down so we can enjoy the show without damaging our body parts.
The Lauridesen Theatre has perfect acoustics, so the decibel level was far too injurious to us music lovers. Perhaps the city councils in Okoboji and Arnolds Park could pass a law prohibiting decibel levels over 85.1 indoors — similar to Arnolds Park’s outdoor 98.2 restriction — and help save our hearing!