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Tapp's Music - Sidewalk Showcase - Saturday, January 19, 2013

This show was pure excitement! The follow-up to our previous large-scale concert, back in March of 2012, this Sidewalk Showcase featured five of our veteran student-performers: Evan Larson (bass), Rogee Rogers (guitar), Carter Slocum (guitar), Christian Thompson (guitar & percussion), Richard Young (guitar) - and introduced five newcomers to the series: Cody Clark (bass), Hailee Hinds (guitar & vocals), Amaris Martinez (vocals), Victoria Rabonza (bass), Ryan Sinclair (guitar). The song selections display an impressive variety of styles - quite a few of the tunes were selected by the students themselves - and really show-off the students' capabilities, not only as ensemble performers, but as skilled soloists! Listen to Rogee Rogers' raw energy as he solos in the U2/B.B.King collaboration "When Love Comes To Town" - Rogee hand-picked this number for the concert and we were fortunate to capture his performances from each of the two shows we did that day. The students give a brilliant ensemble performance in Sting's 5/4 classic "Seven Days" (chosen for the concert by bassist Evan Larson), offering a sophisticated blend of guitar effects, technique, and timing. Vocalist Amaris Martinez gives a stunning, emotionally-rich delivery of Adele's hauntingly beautiful ballad "Turning Tables" - Amaris selected this song for the concert from among her personal favorites, and she will also be featured in her own Solo Showcase later this year!

We had a great crowd of family and friends in attendance and the weather was perfect! A very special Thank You to Eric Larson (Evan's dad) and Julio Barrios for capturing the photos and video footage of the show, Dana Tapp (owner of Tapp's Music) for preparing the venue and supplying the sound equipment, and C.J. Moffit for being our sound wizard - You guys rock!!


Born On The Bayou
(Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Student Performers: Carter Slocum (lead guitar), Rogee Rogers (rhythm guitar), Ryan Sinclair (rhythm guitar), Evan Larson (bass), Christian Thompson (cowbell)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)

The Wind Cries Mary
(Jimi Hendrix)

Student Performers: Carter Slocum (lead guitar), Ryan Sinclair (rhythm guitar), Victoria Rabonza (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)
 


When Love Comes To Town (U2 with B.B.King) *1st Show*

Student Performers: Rogee Rogers (lead guitar), Christian Thompson (rhythm guitar), Richard Young (rhythm guitar), Evan Larson (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Barbara Leoni (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)

When Love Comes To Town (U2 with B.B.King) *2nd Show*

Student Performers: Rogee Rogers (lead guitar), Christian Thompson (rhythm guitar), Richard Young (rhythm guitar), Evan Larson (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Barbara Leoni (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)


Seven Days (Sting)

Student Performers: Carter Slocum (guitar), Christian Thompson (guitar), Evan Larson (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)

Turning Tables (Adele)

Student Performers: Amaris Martinez (vocals)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (guitar)
 


Welcome to Part 2 of the show! The second half of our concert features a lot of dazzling guitar work, including re-creations of some of the most memorable guitar solos of all time. Richard Young (our resident Jimi Hendrix expert) opens this half of the show with his faithful rendition of Hendrix's mind-tripping classic "Castles Made Of Sand" and even manages the backwards guitar riffs during the solo section! Check out Carter Slocum's amazing line-by-line re-creation of Eric Clapton's legendary solo from Cream's classic, 1968 live performance of "Crossroads" - It will be a long time before you hear anyone else bold enough to tackle this solo and skilled enough to pull it off! And listen to Christian Thompson's exciting solo work in Pink Floyd's classic power-ballad "Comfortably Numb", performed during the finale portion of the show - Christian copies many of David Gilmour's signature lines and adds plenty of fire of his own, especially during the extended end section! Each of these three highlight selections was hand-picked for the concert by the student performer featured in that selection. You won't leave hungry after you feast on the awesome talent in this show, but, if you still have some room left, go back to Part 1 and grab some seconds!


Castles Made Of Sand (Jimi Hendrix)

Student Performers: Richard Young (lead guitar), Evan Larson (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)


Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)

Student Performers: Rogee Rogers (lead guitar), Carter Slocum (rhythm guitar), Evan Larson (bass)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)
 

Crossroads (Cream)

Student Performers: Carter Slocum (lead guitar), Christian Thompson (rhythm guitar)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (bass & vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)


Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)

Student Performers: Christian Thompson (lead guitar), Richard Young (rhythm guitar), Cody Clark (bass), Hailee Hinds (acoustic guitar & backing vocals), Amaris Martinez (backing vocals)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Barbara Leoni (keyboard strings & backing vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)
 

Last Train To Clarksville (The Monkees)

Student Performers: Rogee Rogers (lead guitar), Carter Slocum (rhythm guitar), Richard Young (rhythm guitar), Evan Larson (bass), Hailee Hinds (backing vocals), Amaris Martinez (backing vocals), Christian Thompson (tambourine)

Additional Musicians: Vic Grady (vocals), Barbara Leoni (backing vocals), Chris Cooke (drums)