Concert For The Cause:
Featuring Kaleaha B., Dominus X, Lacey Cruse, and Victims of Spotlight (VOS)
The Rusty Needle Bar
© Lydia Lowe 2013
Concert For The Cause moved inside, out of the cold in the park, to hold a special concert at The Rusty Needle Bar on Saturday to benefit The Reno County Food Bank. This was an all-ages show and a night of acoustic music.
Many of your favorite performers from the summer concert series were there to perform. Kaleaha B. opened the show and sang a three song set. Every time I see this young woman she amazes me. Her first show in the park was amazing. She was a show veteran showing no signs of stage fright. The next time I saw her she had dialed it up 100%. By the third show, she had definitely come into her own and she owned the stage, completely at home in front of the audience. Last night she wowed the crowd again by singing three songs with background track music. I enjoyed all three songs, she put her own spin on all three. My favorite of the set however, was Two Black Cadillacs which she dedicated to her mother. Kaleaha B. participated on American Idol over the summer and made it to the third round. For someone so young that is an amazing accomplishment.
Dominus X, Lacey Cruse and Victims of Spotlight (VOS) rounded out the night. Dominus X sang some original songs as well as a variety of cover tunes. Their original song Burnout will be released as a single on New Year’s Day. So make sure to check it out. Their performance of this song was one to remember. They also sang songs by A Perfect Circle and the Samuels Band.
Lacey Cruse arrived with her band in tow, officially now known as Red 57. Lacey’s performance over the summer included her and a young woman who accompanied her on guitar but they didn’t have an official name . Tonight we got the full band and it was incredible. Lacey’s music is something that you can pop in your CD player and just have it live within your life as your day to day background music. It provides all the colors of the day.
Victims of Spotlight also sang some songs by A Perfect Circle and it was interesting to hear two different takes on these songs. One of my favorite songs was Justin Timberlake’s What Goes Around. Sean Story performed one of his original songs, live on the air on the Kansas CW station. Go to the CW website and check out his performance. The song he sang was soulful and full of emotion. You will love it! Also, last weekend Sean provided back up music for Morgan Wilke when she opened for Pam Tillis at the McPherson Opera House. It was one for the record books. VOS and Sean Story are going places.
At the end of the evening, in true Concert For The Cause style, an impromptu jam session broke out. The crowd loved it. The fans of this concert series generally stay till the very end because this has been known to happen and you just never know where it’s going to lead.
Concert For The Cause will return this next summer with more surprises in store, bigger and better shows, if that’s possible, and more great causes to support. Until summer returns, check out special fundraisers around the area for non-profits in need. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and website to keep up to date on all the concert happenings this winter and come to the park next June when the festival of music begins again.