Saturday night was party central in the South Loop! Weather Mark Tavern celebrated its 5 year anniversary and Overflow Coffee kicked off the festivities with a Show and Tell for the celebration of their 3 month anniversary.
We enjoyed $1 cupcakes with the purchase of an espresso drink while we kicked back and enjoyed the talents of our community. In an open mic style seven artists shared their creations for a gathering of friends and neighbors.
The inaugural act was a tuba duet who played a piece by Mozart. Music is not my strongest subject, making this performance not only quite enjoyable, but enlightening. I learned that the tuba was invented after Mozart’s time and it doesn’t need to be kept in the back of an orchestra. In fact it can make very beautiful and melodious sounds and hit quite high notes!
Next we heard a guitar/violin song about a statue in Bern, Switzerland. It was a beautiful performance with influence of folk. The artist, Brian has upcoming shows in Evanston.
When that song ended a member of the audience, who hadn’t planned to perform, decided to borrow the guitar and share with us, Song for My Friend Freddy. The artist’s friend taught her that being scared accomplishes what you don’t want. I thought her music had a bit of a bohemian beat. She played a second song called Brother. Her songs were strong, the kind that can inspire young women to take control of their lives and take on the world.
When she completed her set Mark Hudson, a printmaker, shared with us some of the work he made at Noyes Center in Evanston.
A classical vocalist performed her version of the popular Gershwin jazz song Summertime. Hearing it slowed down from it’s already standard relaxed pace and in a different octave gave it a whole new feel. The guitarist and violinist agreed at the last minute to accompany the songstress, highlighting the amazing talents of these artists even further.
Following the song the vocalist’s husband shared with us excerpts from the thesis he is writing. It will be a novel about Chicago heroes. His story followed a boy’s dream of football to working for the CTA and later becoming a super hero. The major theme of his thesis is to explore selflessness versus selfishness.
The party wrapped up with a performance by Nathan, a pianist. His piece had a bit of a classical sound, but he was so into it, he was jamming! At the same time I could imagine hearing his music in a fine dining restaurant.
The group who organized the Show and Tell have done a few before. It’s proving to be a great networking opportunity for the artists, some are meeting each other and making new contacts for collaboration.
They expect the next Show and Tell will be in September. Connect with Overflow on Facebook to learn about events as they are announced.