Celebrating the season at the Acoustic Showcase
|Acoustic Showcase plays to standing room only crowd. Photo by Steve Papke|
The holiday edition of the Acoustic Showcase was a standing room only event on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Swim Club. A dozen artists shared their favorite holiday music from country to classical with the audience singing along with familiar songs. Offerings included religious and traditional Christmas songs, as well as John Prine and Merle Haggard tunes.
Among all the outstanding performances, Bob and Carol Knysz awed the audience with a duet from the Nutcracker on the mandolin and mandocello. John Herzler played on his 12-string a Peter, Paul and Mary classic, “A Soalin’,” that hearkens back to the medieval custom of distributing soul cakes to singers who visit homes on Halloween and Christmas.
|John and Ruth Herzler sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” a capella. Photo by Steve Papke|
John and Ruth Herzler rendered a playful a capella, audience pleasing version of “Baby. It’s Cold Outside” which was originally performed by Ester Williams and Ricardo Montalban in 1949. The evening ended with everyone singing “Auld Lang Syne,” a New Year’s traditional song written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788.
During the performance, the audience enjoyed their drinks of choice and the customary holiday treats brought to share. At the end of the performance, Herzler requested that those attending donate to the annual holiday fundraiser with the Big Canoe Volunteer Firemen as this year’s recipients. The party leftovers were packed and delivered to the Fire Station and gates to share. Herzler later reported that the crowd donated $1,062. As everyone departed in the Christmas spirit, no one realized the Acoustic Showcase would be the last event for a while.