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L.C. Houston's soulful showcase at 5th & Main Espresso Bar

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L.C. Houston warmed up 5th & Main Espresso, on Dec. 17. During his hour and a half long recital—he strummed the guitar, belted out vocals and tickled the ivories of the piano.

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Houston began his concert with Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away”. As he did so, he placed his guitar upside-down on his lap and picked at it in upward direction. He continued to play this way, as the show continued. After bringing the song to an end, he received applause and he thanked those who praised him.

Before the start of Houston’s cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”, more patrons occupied the venue. Soon after—a barista set a cup of tea on his amplifier, he thanked him and continued forth with the song.

Patrons whom sat beside Houston exited, prior to the start of his rendition of Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart”. As they parted—they put money in his tip jar, which rested on top of a nearby piano and wished him a Merry Christmas. With their exit, he was able to project his sounds more. As he sat and played, his chair rested on the painting frame behind him. As he continued to play, the mild percussions of his feet caused the frame to motion with them.

After covering Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”, the same barista requested Houston to play the piano. Afterwards, another asked him if he had any future shows coming up. He responded he was going to perform at a nursing home in Pueblo West, Colo. at 3 p.m. Then, he applied his wristwatch and placed his guitar on the ground. After he sat down, he covered Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign”.

Shortly after receiving more applause, Houston wrapped his showcase by covering The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady”. After the song came to a conclusion, he wished everyone to have a great day and later picked up his belongings.

Shep and the Limelights “Daddy’s Home”, Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, Santana’s rendition of Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman”, Hall & Oates “Sara Smile”, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s version of T-Bone Walker’s “Call It Stormy Monday (But Today Is Just As Bad)”, Lucky Millinder’s “Shorty’s Got To Go”, “Do It Our Way”, Sam Cooke’s “Good Times”, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and Commodores’ “Easy” were also part of L.C. Houston’s set.

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