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Desirae Garcia's graceful showcase at The Shoe Factory

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Desirae Garcia sparkled and shined at The Shoe Factory, on Feb. 9. She was the direct support, Josh Dillard was the opening act and Mike Clark was the headliner. She played the ukulele and provided vocals. Chela Lujan, banjoist of The Haunted Windchimes, was a special guest and provided backup vocals.

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Garcia quickly made her way up to the stage, after Dillard’s performance. She went onto say how intermissions were overrated. When she began her recital with “Honest Song”, the side conversations between audience members faded away.

Before Garcia continued her concert with “Second Hand Love”, she asked the audience if the crowd loved the music of Connie Francis. She mentioned Francis was one of her favorite musicians and how she inspired the writing process of the song. She went onto say her friend had a blog and held a concert experience called “Chapel Sessions”, over the past summer. She said she was honored to be a musical guest.

As Garcia continued to play the instrumentals of “Bed of Roses”, she spoke with the audience. She stated how she had seven inch vinyl records available for purchase, near the entrance of the venue. She said it is available for digital download too. She went onto say if the spectators were interested about purchasing the song; she encouraged them to come see her afterwards.

Prior to “I’m Only to Pass the Time”, Garcia reminisced how some people would often mistake her ukulele has a miniature guitar. She joked with the audience and specified her guitar was a “tenor guitar with classical tendencies”. Before the start of the second verse, she mentioned how Lujan nicknamed the song “The Hey Song”.

Garcia mentioned “Flews” required crowd participation and said how it worked well the night before, during her concert in Colorado Springs, Colo. with Dillard and Clark. She asked the crowd if they were warm enough yet to assist her. They agreed unanimously and she gave them the lyrics to recite.
Lujan was invited on stage, to assist Garcia with “Mud”. Garcia gave a brief introduction for Lujan and mentioned how she was in the process of writing a children’s album for her newborn nephew. Garcia went onto say how when she heard the song for the first time and she wanted to be part of it.

“Hardly Are You Lonely” and “Blue as the Bird” were also part of Desirae Garcia’s set.