Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"Joe Louis Walker," Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

The stage is set and ready to go for another beautiful performance at The Spire Center for Performing Arts in downtown Plymouth.

On this evening, I was able to experience the extraordinary talent of Joe Louis Walker, a life-long musician who is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and a four-time Blues Music Award winner. He and his band were really outstanding during this performance at the Spire.

Joe Louis Walker.

Late in the set, Mr. Walker came down from the stage and wandered among the audience playing the harmonica, shaking hands and greeting folks, while his band provided the backing.

He had such a genuine personality and friendliness and the crowd, most of whom knew his tunes and his talent were warmed by this gesture of connection. It was a special moment for all.

Retirees like me are often encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument to help keep the mind sharp and add a high level of challenge to their lives as they age. So, a few years back, I started learning to play a nylon string acoustic guitar. I religiously play at least an hour a day along to some of my favored tunes.

As I play at home, alone, along to these artists, I often think - wow, I'm gettin' good - I should be on stage. And then, I go see Joe Louis Walker and his band - and I am humbled by his greatness and skill. No, I'm not ready for the stage.

What a spectacular night!

Mark T. Small, a very talented blues performer in his own right, was the opening act.

The Spire is in downtown Plymouth in a former church building.

"The Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center, Inc. (GPPAC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 and dedicated to performing arts and educational programs which support the vibrant arts community in the greater South Shore region. The organization founded The Spire, a venue to serve as a mecca for the arts and showcasing music, theatre and dance performances as well as education that supports the performing arts.

Tremendous acoustics, sightlines, and an architecturally beautiful interior are The Spire’s trademark. The 225-seat performance hall features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems and original period architectural details offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience." Source: Spire website.

Support the performing arts here in Plymouth - or wherever you may live in the world.

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