We threw another musical extravaganza at Westbrook’s ‘The Stockhouse’ Monday to afford our aspiring artists an outlet for their angst and creativity. The show, once again, was a rousing success thanks to the hard work of the students and the unyielding support of their family and friends who turned out in force to enjoy the show.
The evening got rolling early with the British Invasion Ensemble taking the stage for their firstever performance to regale onlookers with some Brit-Pop classics. The band more than ably performed the Fab Four’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” and The Troggs’ “Wild Thing”. To finish their set the group featured Vinny Terracciano on vocals to sing another selection from the famed Liverpudlians. “Hey Jude” built to its climactic cadences with the young Mr. Terracciano whipping the crowd into a near frenzy…as the final notes sounded there was a hushed whisper among the effusive applause: “a star is born”.
The LED-Journey group took the stage next. Eager to debut their hard-rehearsed new repertoire they launched into “Don’t Stop Believin’” followed by “Separate Ways” which featured a fiery solo by Brandon Labbe. Following were “Good Times Bad Times”, “Lights”, “Faithfully”, and “Kashmir” all anchored by strong performances by vocalist Andy Penk. To round out the set the lads performed the the much ballyhooed epic ballad “Stairway to Heaven” with Ferris Florman wailing out the iconic guitar solo.
The All-Star ensemble bowed with Adele’s “I’ll Be Waiting” sung splendidly by the groups new vocalist Erin Duguay. Next up, the group tore through Earth, Wind, and Fire’s arrangement of “Got To Get You Into My Life” with the horn section punctuating a riveting rendition. Songs from Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson followed with drummer Nick Groat providing a steady pocket throughout. Hammond player and prodigy Greg Pershing soared during a stunningly soulful solo on “Lady Marmalade” before the group finished with Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”
We are humbled and grateful for the support and donations of all who came out for this event. Moreover, we would like to single out a few individuals who went “above and beyond” to help make it happen:
Thanks to Andy Pershing and the Pershing family for all their help with transporting and setting up a ridiculous amount of equipment!
Thanks to Nick Groat for coming early, staying late, and doing anything and everything that needed to be done…with a smile!
And last but not least: Scott Labbe -who always gives generously of his time to assist with ensembles week to week as well as help with all aspect of these events …Thank You Scott!
Mark the calendar for our next show at The Loft on Friday, December 14!