The month of August was very busy for us, a performance at the Charcoal Corral in Perry on August 2 began a string of shows that finished on August 19 on a perfect night in Batavia. Although it was a hot and dry summer in Western, New York, the band was able to perform every show. However, our much-anticipated performance in Hammondsport, NY village green was disappointingly rained into the high school auditorium, where the acoustics of the room were in question and the attendance compromised.
We added more songs to our setlist in August, including the Gene Pitney tune, “It Hurts to Be in Love.” This song was a crowd favorite, and featured James on the lead vocal, with the girls singing the backup vocals. The song also showcased an organ lead by Nicole, our keyboardist. Dylon and Drew charted the keyboard and Baritone saxophone parts on this song.
We’d like to thank Ed, one of our fans, for volunteering to run our merchandise table. Also, a big thank you to Eriketa, who did yeoman’s service filling in for Michelle on two occasions. Finally a shout out to Michael, Ed, and other fans and family members, who helped us both setup and tear down during the course of the performance season.
We have some exciting news to share, a reunion appearance of the 2002 IT’S MY PARTY! singers is looking like a reality. Cara, Karyn, and Rhian performed as the IMP girls in 2002. This trio performed in the Rochester area, and had one show in Chicago. Cara and Rhian left the group in the fall of that year for the opportunity to showcase their talents on American Idol. Later, in 2013, Cara and Rhain, known as the Morgan Twins, got a second opportunity in the bright lights with an appearance on The Voice, reprising “Fallin’,” the performance that punched their ticket to the Hollywood round of American Idol. On The Voice, their performance turned all four judges’ chairs during the blind auditions, and found them a spot on Team Blake. After the departure of Cara and Rhian, Karyn stayed in the group through 2003, reforming with Jilly, Kim and Shannon. The quartet enjoyed performances at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY, and in both Chicago and New York City.
We have scheduled an initial meeting of the girls and a rehearsal on November 5. We’ll keep you posted as events unfold.
We have recently been gifted a used Altman Comet spotlight, and for under $100 in repairs and parts, we were able to get most of the functionality of the light to work. Unfortunately, the color changer assembly is missing, and would be too expensive to replace on a used soptlight.
With the addition of the spotlight, we are seeking a lighting technician to run the followspot, as well as the rest of our lighting. Over the years, we have acquired a nice array of lights, controlled by a hand-held device, but have had to settle for a static light show. It is too difficult for a band member to run the lights; they also lack the perspective of the audience’s point of view. If you are interested, please contact us, no experience is necessary.