If the world was going to end it would’ve sounded pretty good last night. In the spirit of celebrating life, organizer and guitarist Robert Messore hosted Robert Messore’s 11th Annual ‘Fabulous Guitar Night’ which showcased several musicians at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Humphrey Street. The thought of hearing new music was my motivation to attend.
What a fabulous night indeed! The line-up included talents that were diverse in styles, making the event a phenomenal opportunity to hear artists that you might otherwise miss.
The venue was perfect. St. John’s Episcopal Church has wonderful acoustics and the eight sets of fifteen minute lengths, plus one interlude, were performed in true Coffeehouse character.
The music ranged from classical guitarist Daniel Corr, to quirky sound effects from Nancy Tucker. Finger picker extraordinaire Glenn Roth, Prester John (Shawn Persinger & David Miller), duo Judy Handler & Mark Levesque, funky jazz player Pamela Means, an interlude performed by Robert Messore and Mickey Koth on fiddle, Hiroya Tsukamoto w/ Satoshi Takeishi on percussion were all mind-blowing performances.
Roth’s playing sound so full as though there were other instruments playing. I was amazed to hear as many sounds from just one guitar. Bluesy Vocalist Chrissy Gardner accompanied Robert Messore for the final set ending with a beautiful gospel song, ‘Let The Work that I’ve Done Speak for Me.’
I sat next to Ray who I just met, and we tried to put a name to Prester John as a genre. I called it ‘instrumental angst,’ because the energy was formidable. After checking out each musician’s music from the links above, I wish I’d brought more money with me….are you listening Shawn and David? Now instead of the $5/CD deal I would’ve had – I’ll pay $12. It doesn’t matter though – I’m happy to pay the difference. These artists deserve much more than the deals that can be found through community events, and yet by the virtue of venue, the price was just right for the upcoming holidays.
As a photographer I am familiar with the disparate idea of costs for goods. The arts are a passion. Most creative types do what they do from their core reason of being. The idea of ‘making a living’ comes after that, and those expressed goods are their products. They should be compensated at market value regardless of how diminished that value may have become due to digital influences.
Thank you Robert and to all involved for the organization of this event. If the Mayans are correct and the world will end, taking in music is an ideal way to make that transition: on the strings and sounds of beauty.