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Let’s even things up, Maria Muldaur and Denton’s choice parts

November 10, 2012

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

To get this started, Denton hosts an amazing cavalcade of live music events and opportunities. No day of the week holds a bounty for live performances – it may be the University of North Texas Opera and Symphony Orchestra presenting Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in the Lyric Theatre (Murchison Performing Arts Center) at 3 p..m. – Sunday, Nov. 11, on the same day that the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings perform at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., from 7-9 p.m.

Unfortunately, it seems Dentonites are a bit jaded by such a continual bounty of great sounds.

Dan’s Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial, hosted an incredible talent, Maria Muldaur,  Nov. 3. Noted for her 1974 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” she established

Maria Muldaur

herself in American Pop music, and has since recorded and performed in many genres.

Unable to attend the concert that Saturday, I hoped to find out how Muldaur did, and how big the crowd was.  To my dismay, very few people were there. In fact, only about 25 or so, according to Muldaur fan Karen Meredith.  The talented and gracious singer put on a great show, and the meager crowd enthusiastically showed their appreciation. But still, wow. What a wasted opportunity.

In the 39 years since MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS, Maria has toured extensively worldwide, and has recorded 39 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years.

I fear we will not have another chance to hear her in the intimate, relaxed atmosphere of Dan’s a second time.

Pete Anderson

On Monday, Nov. 12, we have another shining spot on Denton’s live music scene,  producer and guitarist Pete Anderson, brings his Grammy award-winning talent to Dan’s Silver Leaf at 8 p.m. – $10

“While Pete’s work as a producer/arranger/guitarist has resulted in acclaimed records in the Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Red Dirt genres of music, his focus as a solo artist has always been his first musical love – The Blues.” – from http://www.peteanderson.com/

Anderson will perform tracks from his “Even Things Up” CD.

http://youtu.be/dJ4vToLVR7Y

I cannot attend all Denton’s many musical events – there are so many that I must make hard decisions on which to attend. But  I will do my best to be front row-center, Monday night, to experience Mr. Anderson’s Blues. Question is: Will I be alone in applauding his red-hot riffs?

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