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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Concert For The Cause


 Concert For The Cause:
Featuring Kaleaha B. & Lacey Cruse
Avenue A Park
Hutchinson, KS
© Lydia Lowe 2013

     Singing sensation, Kaleaha B. a 16 year old from Hutchinson, carried the evening at Concert for the Cause this past Saturday.  She sang a 30 minute set of songs with background music from a CD and she did a phenomenal job!  

     Several acts cancelled at the last minute and under tremendous pressure Kaleaha B took to the stage and literally saved the day (and the evening's concert).  She had the crowd joining in on songs, such as The Fresh Prince of Bell Air rap and others.  Kaleaha sang her heart out at she danced and pranced across the stage.  She got a lot of crowd pop and turned what began as a rather lack luster show into one that Saturday's crowd will not soon forget.  

     Kaleaha B. performs around Hutchinson so make sure to check out one of her shows, if you happened to miss her at Concert for the Cause.  This 16 year old is going places!

     Lacey Cruse took the stage after Kaleaha B. and wowed us all with her tremendous talent.  She accompanied herself on guitar.  She explained at the beginning of her set that she had planned on having another guitarist help her with accompaniment but he had broken some bones in his foot and wouldn't be there.  But that didn't matter, as Lacey's sound was a big as all outdoors.  Everyone was clapping their hands and moving to the beat.  Lacey's truly a talented singer.

      Bob Colladay showed up to purchase some food and help out the cause: 3rd Thursday.  He just happened to bring along a few of his musical instruments, as all good musicians do.  He got talked into playing a set on stage, too.   Bob's music is truly unique and if you haven't heard him play the ukulele, you are missing out on a rare experience. 

     3rd Thursday was the non-profit cooking up the hamburgers and hotdogs with the help of Pools Plus.  3rd Thursday also hosted a silent art auction during the concert.  Don't forget, 3rd Thursday festivities take place this coming Thursday.  This is always a fun event each month and you don't want to miss it, so check it out on Main Street this coming Thursday.

      Concert for a Cause did have two performers pull out at the last minute with no excuse.  It's unfortunate when performers egos get in the way and then they don't honor their commitments.  As Danny Larzardi of Murder Ordained remarked, "The real ones (performers) show up".  I guess when you're a part-time musician you can throw away your fan base whenever you choose.  The Rolling Stones would never do that but then they're an internationally known group.   But it's all good, Kaleaha B. and Lacey Cruse just scooped up that fan base and they'll run with it.  As I've always said, no one ever remembers the singers who didn't show up.

     Next week's performers at Concert for the Cause will be Marshall Matthews who is an Elvis impersonator, Katie Berry, Ale, Prayer Bones, and Creeping Shadows.  As Concert for the Cause winds down toward the end of August, multiple performers will be showcased, so you won't want to miss out on some great new music in small sample packages.  The non-profit featured will be catSNIP, a spay and neuter initiative project for the feral cats in Hutchinson.

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