November 3rd, 2003


A musical weekend

On Friday night I went with boyziggy and a few other friends to see Sam Harris at the Plush Room. Sam won Best Male Vocalist on Star Search with his memorable rendition of "Over the Rainbow" a number of years back. I hadn't realized he was still performing until my friend Jack told me he was a "must-see". (Side note: I went to middle and high school with another Best Male Vocalist winner: Billy Porter.)

Well, Sam was quite entertaining, that's for sure. Not only was his voice still in great shape, his filler talk in between songs was very funny - and very left-wing. At one point he had the whole audience exclaim "I am a lesbian!" (You had to be there.) He sang a mix of standards, popular, and novelty tunes. My favorite was "You'll Never Walk Alone", which he did for his final encore.

My friend Charles was bold enough to give him a kiss on the cheek at the autograph table in the lobby after. We both ended up buying his albums, which along with the Plush Room's overpriced drinks (2 minimum, each) made the evening quite expensive - but still worth it.

Then on Sunday night Charles and I saw the Wynton Marsalis Quintet at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. The musicians played great jazz as I expected, though I have to say it wasn't one of the most memorable jazz performances I've attended. I can't put my finger on why, but the music just didn't move me that much. At least they did a Thelonious Monk tune, "Blue Monk", for the encore - I love that song, and have performed it in jazz class countless times.

Next week obadiah and I are heading back to Berkeley to see Emanuel Ax, so I'll be sure to report back on that.
  • Current Music
    Sam Harris, "Always"