Open mic finalé closes series
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 8:48 am
For the second year, the Chapel of the Cross season of concerts has ended with an energetic and fun open mic event that attracted 10 local talents and that featured an audience sing-along finalé.
Two familiar names in the local music scene, Bob Wear and Beth Williams, put in a lot of the work helping arrange for this year's concluding event. Sharon Clark also contributed by serving as accompanist for the evening.
Paul Chamberlain of Olathe performed a song he wrote as a tribute to some of the Nashville super stars he has admired and that he has been inspired by, including Elvis and others.
Linda Scheele of Delta and Doug Hamby of Eckert performed for the second year as Class Act. They are a duet and sometimes a trio that performs stylish numbers from the early 20th century right up to today's popular music. They treated the audience with a swinging and professional rendition of "Stand By Me." The two also perform with the group Route 66.
Gary Duncan is a singer and songwriter from Montrose and Telluride new to the Chapel venue. He told the audience that his music career started when he turned down a full-ride scholarship offer to attend theological seminary the moment he heard and was inspired by Bob Dylan's first album back in the 1960s. He performed a self-written ballad reflecting on life.
Dr. Mary Kleinsorge is a familiar favorite of local music audiences. She put her melodious voice and guitar together to sing about how "I Want to Be a Cowboy Sweetheart," and she entertained the audience with chords of musical yodeling along with the lyrics.
Nancy Carlson of Cedaredge led an audience sing-along with a real down-home favorite, "You get a Line, I'll get a Pole." She was accompanied by Beth Williams on guitar and Larry Claxton on banjo.
Jean Moran is a well-known musical entertainer to local musical audiences. With a voice that is wide in range and rich in tone she performed an a cappella version of a Joan Baez song, "The Long Black Veil,"
Bob Wear entertained with his penchant for humorous songs by performing the light "Mr. Five by Five." According to an Internet authority, the song was first recorded by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra in 1942.
Larry Claxton of Cedaredge gave the Chapel audience a special experience as he performed the first song he has ever written, and did so on an instrument he has never played before in public -- the banjo. His song, "Thoughts of an Old man," highlighted reflections on some of the experiences of a long, full life.
John Shriver of Cedaredge performed a devotional number of faith and hope, "Worthy is the Lamb."
Bob Clark accompanied by his wife, Sharon, on piano, performed with his rich, bass voice a ballad of the Resurrection called "The Mighty Deep."
For the final encore number of the evening, and a perhaps a fitting salute to the one of the most successful Chapel Concert seasons ever, all of the performers joined in a sing-along with the audience of the Gospel favorite "I'll Fly Away."