The DC Cabaret Network’s January Open Mic at The Black Squirrel saw in the new year with an intimate group of participants, who braved a cold January night in order to share talent, song and camaraderie. Even though the group was small, the evening was large with good music. Steven Cupo hosted, while Jeff Hamlin’s talented hands were at the keyboard. Jeff’s versatility shone through when the piano stand holding the music fell off the back of the piano while one of our singers was in mid-song. Jeff didn’t “bat-an-eye’ and just kept playing as though the ghost of the sheet music was still in front of him. Way to go, Jeff!
It was also heartening to have Sherri Kuznicki Owen and her husband, Mark, drive all the way from Annapolis to be with the Open Mic gang. The cold certainly didn’t stop them! Everyone received an extra special treat when Steve Cupo’s 89 yesr old dad, Everard, got up to the stage and sang “That Lucky Old Sun”; without a mic and a cappella, no less. He was GREAT!
Announcements were made to watch for our upcoming party to celebrate the new “Terri Allen Legacy Fund”. So, watch your email for this gala, as well as the notice for our next Open Mic.
It was agreed that an intimate group in an intimate space was a wonderful way to spend a chilly evening.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE SONGS THEY SANG:
Steven Cupo – They Were You
Len Borges – Paper Moon
Marcia Kass – Timid Frieda
Richard Gondelman – Leader of the Band
Sheri Kuznicki Owen – I’ll Be Seeing You
Everard Cupo – That Lucky Old Sun
Sheri Kuznicki Owen – For Good
Richard Gondelman – Hallelujah
Marcia Kass – I Hate Men
Sheri Kuznicki Owen – Waiting for Life to Begin