Joe put on his performance of Beatles music last Friday night, December 14, 2012, with two friends of his, at the Addison Court community room. The trio sang in various combinations and they sounded great. They started at 7:15 and when I had to leave at 9:00 they were two-thirds through their song list.
The performance was relaxed and masterful. Joe started the show by introducing them as the Bedbugs and the first song was “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” They followed it with “Twist and Shout” and they were able to persuade two audience members to get up and do the twist at the front of the room. Joe and his partners knew all the people in the audience and they interacted with everyone during the show, especially between songs. By the time the trio got to the 16th song, “Come Together,” many in the audience were softly singing along. As the evening went on, a few people here and there had to leave and the audience got smaller, but instead of ruining the experience, it gave the remaining audience members a feeling of closeness. I left during the second ten-minute break, and knew that I was missing out on something great with the final ten songs. The last two songs they sang before I left were two of my favorites, “Lady Madonna,” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Copies of the playlist were given out so everyone knew the song order, so I know the last two songs of the evening were “Good Morning, Good Morning” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Reprise.”
Joe had been practicing singing his playlist for months and he sounded smooth, and practicing with one of his partners for weeks. The third member of the trio only had two weeks practice with the music but sounded as good as the other two; he also played the tambourine on some songs and surprised us all with some loud yelps at appropriate places. The second member of the trio sang beautifully and had two solos. Joe also had two solos.
A friend of the trio played her cello during the song “Yesterday” while just Joe sang. The cello went so well with that song, and the musician played it perfectly. It overpowered Joe’s singing a little, but luckily his voice could still be heard as he brought out the wistful and soulful qualities of that song.
To Joe and his partners: Good work and thank you for an entertaining evening. I enjoyed it very much.