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I didn't know what to expect, I had no idea what the Zig Zag Railroad was. But the event, hosted by Jim Connelly was a treat for everyone there.
The Piano Kitchen is Connelly's music studio space, filled with musical instruments and parts. Large garage doors can raise up to open the space outside. This could be great fun for summer shows.
A variety of artists performed over the next two hours. Was it two hours? It was hard to keep track, time went by quickly.
The evening kicked off with the best crooning of Happy Birthday I've ever heard. That's what happens when half the audience has musical skills, I guess. Happy Birthday, Sean!
Nate Birkey and Connelly started with a trumpet and string bass duet. I made a video of their first piece, which had Nate both playing and singing, but the file's so large I can't post it to youtube. If it ever finds its way online, I'll update here.
Nate played a couple songs, then dashed off - he had three gigs on this one night alone!
Dow Jarvis then paired with Connelly on banjos, and performed tunes solo. Banjos get a hard rap in the mainstream but they were well appreciated by this audience.
Patrick Lindley played piano for us. Most enjoyable.
Anna Abbey joined the Gove County String Quartet for a few songs. The first, which I grabbed a snippet of, seemed sad and pretty. The second was a composition based on a childhood song, and their final song was an excellent version of Bjork's "All is Full of Love." Minus the sapphic robots, of course.
The final group on stage was the Westmont Chamber Choir and assorted musicians in the theme of Carl Sandberg's "Rootabaga Stories." They performed the Zig Zag Railroad, written by Connelly, with banjo, musical saw and double bass, reminiscent of a barnyard hoedown.
All this for a $10 suggestion donation. A bargain for Saturday night entertainment and art appreciation.