The party was well attended, with several popular bands and performers lined up to make this evening fun. Featuring Hectic Hobo, the openers included Mark Engel's one man tour de force, Chivers Timbers, Tom Bennett, and Sabra HelenGrace Schluyter, with a guest performance by E. Cooper, Jr., and yours truly with some opening poems.
Sabra's first major performance with a keyboard was outstanding - her previous shows at Zest have been with guitar - and her guest E. Cooper created quite an enthusiastic response by the crowd. She was followed by Tom Bennett and a range of songs from his recent album, "The Man Who Shook the Trail of the Devil's Hounds." Tom has recently completed two tours encompassing the West Coast and all the way to Memphis.
He was followed by the dynamic performance of "Father Mark's One Man Band" in which Mark Engel not only plays acoustic/electric guitars but also drums and percussion along with his many lively songs.
The first of several pinatas was then demolished fairly quickly by a young woman in the audience, after which Chivers Timbers, a two piece outfit, performed some more very enjoyable music in the Americana vein. They were joined by Tom Bennett on a couple of songs. Another pinata break followed before the main act, Hectic Hobo, took the stage.
They comprise Nicholas Newberry on accordion (he also plays with Juana Ghani), Marcus Stevens on bass, Sam Osimitz on violin, Hasen Cone, lead vocals and guitar, drummer Todd Johnson, and Eric Peatross on keys. Their lively folk music is guaranteed to delight the crowd, and succeeded in rounding out the night's most energetic performance.