|Volume 32--Number 3 April 9, 2008||Serving Portland, Oregon and Surrounding Areas|
From the Editor
Notes on a Napkin
Bettye opened the show and danced up a storm, belying her 62 years. Her rich, throaty tone was evident on tunes such as A Woman Like Me (WC Handy-Award winner), My Man, It Serves Him Right and my favorite So Close to Heaven.
Shemekia, blues great Johnny Copeland’s daughter, took the stage next. This blues darling made you want to sing along with catchy numbers like I’m a Wild Wild Woman (and You’re a Lucky Man), Why Would You, Livin’ On Love and the engaging Who Stole My Radio!
Last but not least was Marcia, one of my favorite performers on boogie woogie piano. Her dexterity on the keys and her vocal talent came through on pieces like Red Beans Cookin’, Just Kiss Me Baby, Peace, Love & Barbeque (on her new CD) and a real tearjerker about Katrina, Where Do You Go When You Can’t Go Home.
The other highlight was the honor of meeting and experiencing the delightful performer Petula Clark at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester, Wash. PE staffer Jon Josephson joined me on the one-and-a-half hour drive through snow, hail and fog to arrive just in time to be introduced to charming Petula in the coffee shop. We had about 10 minutes to chat and she talked of her extensive international travels and time in France, Brittain and New York; her family and grandkids.
The real event of course was her performance on stage. It’s hard to believe the British star is in her ‘70s! And what a star she is; and not just the pop princess of the ‘60s Downtown, I Know a Place and Sign of the Times fame. She’s worked in movies, theatre, composed music and even written poetry (she recited one for us). There’s not enough space in this column to tell you everything, so watch next issue for details. Be sure to check article this issue for upcoming shows at the Lucky Eagle and head north for wonderful food (the buffet is huge and delicious), entertainment and wagering!
One last thing I must comment on is the new Tippy Canoe, now
under new ownership. You won’t recognize the upscale atmosphere, cuisine
and live jazz performance of pianist Crag Bidondo and Seattle saxophonist
Ollie McCray. And be sure to check out the outdoor area with real gas
fire pits. Watch for article next issue.
next time, pray for peace………….......Bonnie
Travel Excursion & Seattle
Crooked Arrow Publishing
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