Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Crooning at the OMN

The Sherman Theater's Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA presented another installment of their weekly Open Mic Nite Series www.facebook.com/OpenMicAtTheLivingRoom on Sunday November 8th. The evening offered the usual stellar array of original songs, poetry, and comedy. But, this night would prove to be delightful departure from the norm as Milton Delgado wooed the crowd with a number of classic songs mostly associated with Swing Jazz era of the 1960s made popular by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, and others. The evening also offered a raffle in which the winner would receive a gift card from Burger King.

The evening began with the customary ritual of talented individuals signing their names onto the sign in sheet so their performances would be included throughout the evening. It was after some time did the event's co-host Theresa Ratcliff take the stage to welcome everyone to the venue and made a number of announcements on how the night would progress. She then proceeded to introduce the first performer to the gathering.

A newcomer to the series named, “Wilbur” took his place upon the stage and revealed he wanted to go first as he had to leave the venue early because he was on probation. He continued his humorous time on stage by relaying on how not to make Macaroni and Cheese, hang chandeliers, and order fast food. He was followed by the duo known as “Woodrow” www.facebook.com/wearewoodrow/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf who consists of Theresa Ratcliff and Brian Bramkamp.

The first selection they sang was titled, “California Dreaming” which was written in 1965 by John (1935–2001) and Michelle Phillips (b. 1944) of The Mamas and the Papas who also included Denny Doherty (1940–2007) and Cass Elliot (1941–1974). The song can be found on their 1966 debut album titled, “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears.” The duo was joined by Milton Delgado who served as a backup singer for the song. After the conclusion of the song, the duo performed a number of pieces including one composed by Brian Bramkamp. They were followed by comedian Chris Jones who shared a Haiku about Little Debbie Pies and spoke on the blessings of Vaseline.

Chris was followed by Dee Allen whose return to the venue was greatly appreciated as she generated an energy through the echoing depth of her voice that added a new dimension to the songs she sang. She was followed by Ann Mathews who shared a song she wrote for her students relating to Vertebrates and Invertebrates. The joyous song was followed by a break in which many took the time to study the bone structure of their friends. It was after the break did Milton Delgado perform.

A delight filled the audience as a cheerful preliminary tune served as a prelude to his performance. The joy the audience felt crescendoed even further when Mr. Delgado sang the first lyric of the first song of the many he would perform. The entire performance touched the memories of some members of the gathering while creating a new appreciation for the musical genre among the younger members. This was evident in the amount of dancing that took place during the performance and included an impromptu chorus line composed of high kicking laughter and joy. The well sung songs and the antics they inspired favorably complimented the era in which they were written and added a new dimension of possibilities to the open mic nite series.

Milton Lopez Delgado Lives in Moscow, PA and is a member of the group known as “The Paramounts” of which he has written a number of songs for. He is known for his interpretation of memorable ballads and upbeat standards which were popularized by Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Matt Monroe, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and, of course, Frank Sinatra. Mr. Delgado is available to perform at Weddings, Sock-Hops, and Special Ocassions You can learn more about Milton Delgado by emailing him at miltonandwanda@verizon.net.

After the Milton Delgado performance, a special announcement was made by Theresa Ratcliff. It regarded a contest that will be held during the Sunday December 6th Open Mic Nite in which representatives of Best Shot Studios will judge the first 10 musical performers and determine which one of the ten will receive studio time to record their songs. A great excitement filled the air especially among the musicians who dreamed of the possibilities. It was after this announcement was the winner of the raffle for the Burger King Gift Card chosen.

All this was followed by a poet named, “Maddie” who took the stage to share words that touched upon the universal language found in silence. She was followed by The Forwardian Players who consisted of Chris (Cee Rock) Roberts and Marisa Olmo. They shared a theatrical piece titled, “Laundry Day” written by Paul Adam Smeltz (Yeah, that's me) which answered the question, “Why would one wash their clothes in Tide?” The work was well performed and was well received by the audience.

After the play, Chris (Cee Rock) Roberts www.facebook.com/crock113officialmusic/?pnref stayed on stage to shared a number of songs which included an original composition filled with poetry, philosophy, and truth. He was followed by Kevin “Tails” Moucha who shared a number of A Capella renderings of songs which led many to sing along. Keven was followed by a band known as “Sayans of Steel” which was a reunion experience for its members.

Bassist Aleksey Martinse and vocalist Dmitry Kaif once resided in the area but moved to Las Vegas some time ago while their drummer, Wilbium, remained. But, a return visit brought the trio back together and they performed for the Living Room denizens. Their heavy metal sound and costumes combined with lyrics containing a great sense of humor which made it a joy for those who listened intently to them. It was mentioned my one of the band members that they had over 30 minutes of material and they were instantly invited back to be a featured performance for a future Open Mic Nite. A great deal of excitement flooded the room as the prospect of this occurring filled the hopes of many.

Sayans of Steel were followed by Wilbium who gave a solo performance upon his electronic Keyboard and guitar. The music filled the soul with a desire to dance and most of the company allowed their desires to move their forms to abandonment. It was at the conclusion of Wilbium's performance that it was announced the main list for the evening was exhausted but there was time enough to present those who had placed their names upon the waiting list.

The first to perform was a performer know as John who belted out a show tune A Capella with a great deal of feeling. He was followed by guitarist Garrett Voorhees, Jr. whose renditions of songs written by Ed Sheeran and twenty one pilots allowed new meanings to emerge from their lyrics. Garrett was followed by Bambient who shared a number of songs A Capella while listening to them on his phone. Bambient was followed by guitarist Michelle Leanna Zbinden whose voice proved to be a fitting end to the night's adventures as those who still remained were enhanced by her performance and had cause to look forward to the next installment of the Open Mic nite Series. This will be take place on Sunday November 15th beginning at 7pm with sign ins beginning at 6:30pm featuring the Robb Taylor Band. Musicians, poets, writers, and anyone who would like to share something with a receptive audience are welcomed to do so. In the meantime, you'll be able to view the photographs I took during the November 8th event in the Crooning at the OMN Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154340620613761.1073741920.91146283760&type=3.

In addition to the Open Mic Nites presented at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room, the venue also holds a Gallery. Their next exhibition will be their Work in Progress Exhibition with an Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday November 14th beginning at 6pm. This will be followed by their Black Saturnalia Exhibition with an Artists' Reception scheduled for Saturday December 12th beginning at 6pm. The Drop off date for artists who wish to place their work in the show is Monday December 7th beginning at 2pm. Please contact the gallery at 570-421-2808 for more information.

The Sherman Theater’s Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA next to The Sherman Theater who owns the building. The Sherman Theater’s Living Room is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, exhibitions, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Facebook Page at
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Living-Room/123978921059378 for more information on the venue, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

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