In July the Meeting House Stage is held on the third Friday of the month rather than on the second Friday. July 19 was a scorcher in Rindge. The entire week was oppressively hot. But we had a decent sized crowd, a good group of open mike musicians, and an up-and-coming local trio, Decatur Creek. It was a great night, even for the mosquitoes, who came and dined in droves.
Ray Sierkerski opened the show with a couple of classic 70s pop covers, Goodbye Norma Jean and Celluloid Heroes, and then played one of his own songs, Love Dub. After that Ken Durand played a classic folk novelty tune and then brought his brother up on stage to sing two songs; I believe one that Ken wrote, follwed by the Sloop John B. This is the second time I’ve heard these to brothers sing together, and I absolutely love their harmonies.
Dwight Shelton, from Peterborough was up next. This was Dwight’s first time here, and he played “This Kind of Man”, “Victoria”, and Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Frank Perron followed Dwight to the stage. Frank, also from Peterborough and a first timer as well, played a great set, opening with “Nine Pound Hammer”, and then following that with a pair of his own, “Nothing Going On Down Below”, and “A Good Day for Ducks and Dancers”. I particularly enjoyed the last one.
Decatur Creek, consisting of Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne and Jack Carlton, was next and they played a really great set of originals, opening up with “The Hick in Me”, and then followed that with “The Washing Machine Song”, a song about reincarnation (the title escapes me), “Carnival Tent”, “Southbound Train”, “Main Street”, and finally “Bit Rough”. Doug, Steve, and Jack really put on a great show under some difficult circumstances. It was very hot on stage despite having opened all of the doors to get some air circulating, and the mosquitoes arrived as dusk was settling in.
Bob Goodwin was next, and he played a Townes Van Zandt song and one by David Bromberg, and then finished up with one of his own songs, “Baldwinville”. Ursula Papp came up next and read a wonderful spoken word piece, set in Worcester, about a bit of wordless communication between a pair of strangers. It was Wonderful. John Papp came up and played a Dewie Burns Song called “It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World”, then played a Tom Waits tune and finished up with Michael Meadows “Off the Beaten Track”.
Mahala Damery, accompanied by her father Mike on guitar sang Adele’s “Someone Like You” and Taylor Swift’s “We’re Never Getting Back Together”.
Mike Damery played The Grateful Dead’s “Ripplin'” and finished up with “Try”, a song by Bebo Norman. Jim Giddings shared some poems after that, and then I took the stage and played Statesboro Blues and the Todd Snider’s “Play a Train Song”.
As always, huge thanks go out to Karla MacLeod, Al LeFebvre, and Elisa Benincaso, who’s tireless work and endless energy make The Meeting House Stage. In July, our ever-changing array of truly amazing homemade food was provided by Amy Raymond, Idamae Harman, Sally Poikonen, Roberta Letourneau, Karla MacLeod, and Elisa Benincaso.
Next month’s Meeting House Stage will be held on Friday, August 9, and will feature Neptune’s Car, a wonderful duo consisting of Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes. Neptune’s Car has been touring regularly since 2010 and have opened for national acts like Seth Glier, John Batdorf, David Mallett, and Bill Staines. It’s going to be a great show! For more information, check out our Calendar.