Stockhouse Showcase Recap!

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A hazy summer sun cast its rays across the deck of the Stockhouse. The load-in began amidst the summer swelter. Guitar amps were set. The Drum kit was assembled. The hammond was hauled and hoisted into place. As the crowd assembled, the anticipation began to build to a crescendo until the first group took the stage…

Sax Attack began by playing “Cantina Band”-transforming the venue into Mos Eisley Spaceport (less the scum and villainy). They continued on with pieces from the traditional “Shenandoah” (featuring the the deft stylings of Harry Pershing) to the innovative “Saxophobia”. The set was rounded out with the LM*AO hit “Party Rock Anthem”. The group deserves a special commendation for execution as they were short two horns for the evening! It was an auspicious start.

As the horns finished, they gave way to a coarser, less refined group of brazen young firebrands eager to electrify the stage: the Led -Journey Ensemble: The first song began with smoldering rendition of the Journey classic “Separate Ways”; a solo by Brandon Labbe brought the song to its wistful climax. The group stormed through the beloved Zep hit “Good Times Bad Times” before stripping away their hard rock facade to show a more tender and sensitive side with the arena anthem “Faithfully”. The group’s last song began with an intimate recitation of the epic “Stairway to Heaven” ably performed by David Fitzpatrick on keys and Mike Grill on guitar before launching into “Kashmir”…

After a brief intermission The MSOM All-Stars (formerly the T.O.P. Ensemble) took the stage and started their evening with Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” followed by “Turn Your Love Around” . The Chicago classic “25 or 6 to 4” was highlighted by a fiery organ solo by Greg Pershing. The All-Stars played the longest set of the evening featuring a diverse set of material that finished with a duo of Tower of Power pieces that set the crowd into a fit of gyrating and krumping that carried over to…

The Parents Ensemble began their set with Adele’s “Waiting for You” featuring the lush vocal stylings of Maria Warnock and Nancy Osborn followed by a cavalcade of tunes old and new: songs by Kid Rock, Xtina, Joe Walsh all rocked onlookers (as well as a soul staple- “Midnight Train to Georgia” ) before the show reached its zenith with a rollicking rendition of “Peaches” (a song by The Rolling Stones with a slight rewrite by Chris Marro as an ode to his beloved bulldog) that brought the house down and the show to a triumphant close with climactic solos by Stephen Perry on sax and Greg Davidson on guitar…

The audience filtered out into the cool night air as the stage was struck and loaded out… Thanks to all who came out to support these groups and MSOM.

Thanks to all the talented Musicians who dedicated a large part of their summer to make this great show happen!

See you this Fall!!!

 

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