Sunday, September 07, 2008

What a great show!

Last night was fantastic! Thanks to everyone who worked on the show, played in the show or attended the show. Our opening acts, The Five Leaf Clover Band and Fylte (Grand Rapids School of Rock) rally kicked things off with a bang. The audience was literally on their feet when these groups performed. End Time Orchestra showed us that jazz is back in Grand Rapids. The Truckstop Cobras rocked the house again with some of the best rockabilly music around. Todd Herring, Andy Holtgrieve and Karisa Wilson were each fantastic in their own way playing solo between the bands. A lot of amazing talent in those too short segments. Making an incredible impression was the relatively new Irish band The Waxies. Craic Wisely better watch their back. Rounding out the evening was Mid-Life Crisis playing a great mix or original tunes and old favorites. Special thanks to Steve Bloom for providing the MLC drum set for use by all the bands. Thanks also to Clay Grueber, our excellent music director for literally "doing it all" behind the scenes. We also want to thank the staff and volunteers at Wealthy Theatre, the video crew, the silent auction volunteers and everyone who supported us with a donation of any kind. We don't have the final numbers yet, but it looks like we have raised between $2,500 and $3000 for diabetes research! Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible and watch for the photos coming soon.