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The hits just keep coming at the Tosco House Party

With Shawn Lynch running sound at the Evening Muse, the Tosco House Party hosted 27 different performances in a 3 hour period Wednesday night, March 7th. An eclectic night of music which has no equal in terms of talent, diversity and family fun.

Mason Schmitt performing Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People during the Tosco House Party
Monty Chandler Photography
Danny Hargis performing Steve Earle's Copperhead Road during the Tosco House Party at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC March 7th 2012
Monty Chandler Photography

The audience (crowd) of over 100 people did a good job of maintaining the “listening room” feel that defines the Evening Muse! Similar to watching the Super Bowl in your living room, an occasional well-deserved shout-out just couldn’t be helped! Thanks to John Tosco for hosting this great night of fun!

Photos of the nights performers.

The night went something like this:

  • Mason Schmitt kicked things off with a cover of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People.
  • Mark Crozer performed a new tune from his upcoming album titled “Bristol Hum” – didn’t catch the name of the song but it was excellent!
  • Katie Reynolds (School Teacher) sang an excellent rendition of the John Lennon tune “Across The Universe
  • Damon Postle Express (Damon Postle-Banjo; Greg Clarke-Mandolin; Bill Hughes-Guitar; Scott VanHatten-Bass) shared some down home Apalachian Bluegrass getting shoutouts from the youth in the room. Talk about connection!!
  • Wallace Foutch – 10 year old phenom – took on Adele’s “Someone Like You” on keyboards/vocals and killed it!! This young guy is AWESOME!
  • Danny Hargis gave us a gritty “alcohol on a skin’t place” version of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”! My kinda soul music!
  • Tim & Renae McGuire shared a really nice original titled “Rachael Walks” – a song about a mother with one on the hip and two on the ground. A song about a hero!
  • Kathryn Maddley performed the Petula Clark hit “Downtown”. Ain’t no way this young bundle of confidence and talent is only 12! You go girl!
  • Tim “Big Eyes” Parker did an excellent job of emotional singing and playing of the harp in Loudon Wainwrights “I’m Alright”.
  • JAM & JED (Julie & Jamie) performed Kansas' "Dust In The Wind".
  • Tie, Bow Tie, No Tie (David Singleton-Guitar/vocals; Spencer Davidson-Banjo; Stuart Caron-Bass) performed the Mumford & Sons hit "Roll Away Your Stone".
  • Lando Pieroni performed the classical guitar piece Prelude #1 by Villa Lobos. An amazing demonstration of artistry with a guitar. Lando was one of two winners of the TMP scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering guitar week this summer - Warren Wilson College's continuing education program of summer folk arts workshops. Congratulations Lando!
  • Betsy Brooks performed Circa Survives tune "Every Way".
  • Carey Murdock performed an original tune titled "If You're Beside Me Going Steady"
  • Colin & Leonard performed an Irish song titled "Emily's Reel" – this was a beautiful instumental!
  • Mother /Daughter duo Altusha (keyboards/vocals) & Saule (Violin) Wall performed the Amy Winehouse tune "Love Is A Losing Game" – little did we know that Saule is an accomplished Violinist, until we heard the performance!
  • Bill Frei shared an origianl tune titled "Daydream"
  • Danny K shared his powerful vocals – must have been an original tune as I didn’t recognize it and he didn’t share the title. But as always it was powerful! Comments - Danny?
  • Self proclaimed “better brother”, Max Singleton performed an excellent interpretation of the Dave Matthews song "The Dreaming Tree". Tonight he may have been right. It’s on!!
  • James Robinson shared a short guitar solo whose title I don’t remember. Comments - James?
  • Azul Zapata, Jon Wall, Bryan Sigmon shared a song they had written together earlier in the week but I didn’t catch the title – if it has one.
  • Original O'Kaysions trumpet player, Ed Dement, sang a medley of tunes from the late 60's/early 70’s, including the famous "I'm A Girl Watcher".
  • Cameron McKinley shared an original song titled "Save Me Love".
  • Holly Johnson performed an original she had written for her children
  • Brandon Buckmaster blew us all away with a classical piece on violin by Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski titled "Polonaise de Concert No 1 - 4th Opus" – this was a “wow” moment!
  • Nick Dorney w/David Jentendrey shared an original song titled "Anchor"
  • Local Sax afficionado Will Smith wrapped up the night with a Beatles tune by request of John Tosco and followed it with some Jazz. Best of luck to Will on getting into the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he recently auditioned.

As a reminder the next Tosco Music Party at the CPCC Halton Theatre is April 21st. Get your tickets as this event always sells out!

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