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Acoustic Storm Hits Corralitos Cultural Center

Mark Lemaire and friends perform a night of acoustic music on Friday the 13th.

The Corralitos Cultural Center was rocking on Friday night and there was no need to wear any garlic clove necklace, lucky charm bracelet, or furry rabbit foot to enjoy this -free show. 

Michael Gaither of Watsonville along with Mark Lemaire and Cindy van Empel, aka Twilight, hosted a night of lovely tunes that were played strictly only from the guitar in “A Great Acoustic Double-Bill.”

A small crowd of about 15 people were on hand to watch Lemaire and Twilight, Gaither, Jay Howlett and Rolfe Wyer play inside the tiny performing center. 

Lamaire and Twilight performed gentle playing songs such as “Deeper Sense of The Seasons” off of Lemaire’s solo album Practice Makes Perfect and “Seaglass” from the duet’s debut album due to come out in the summer.

Lamaire also did a solo joint in where he combined Sebastian Bach’s “Air on A G-String” and Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”

“Some people had told me that they thought that ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ was actually a rip off of ‘Air on A G-String.’  But I listened to it and I realized it was similar but not the same. So I thought it would be fun to write a piece that incorporated the two,” Lamaire said.

The Boston native and 40-year vet in the music scene was inspired to put together his song from the 1991 film “The Commitments.” In the movie a couple of teenage kids play the song “A Whiter Shade of Pale” on a church organ and it reminded Lamaire how similar it sounds to Bach’s “Air.”  From there, he constructed his own delightful melody.

Gaither also made an appearance after a brief intermission and played a couple of jams from his most recent albums. The song “Tell Me Where It Hurts” was a lyrical delight to listen to and the crowd looked to enjoy it with small burst of laughs when Gaither sang. The song comically described the body aches and pains to deal with as a grown up, a path that most of us are not too far from walking down in.

Friday night ended when all the performers got up on stage for a round robin of songs. Howlett and Wyer played several duets together, each with a chance on the microphone to shine in the spotlight and Lamaire even busted out a free style trumpet with his lips, it was classic. Yet, nothing was more vibrant to watch than all five in action at once in the show’s last song. 

The next show is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 p.m. It will feature: Michael Gaither, Ginny Mitchell and Steve Kritzer.  The event is called "A Night of Songs and Stories."

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