I got to attend a concert at the local high school tonight (or one of the 7 local high schools within a half hour drive from my parents' house), but it wasn't a high school concert. Nope, it was professional all the way.
Joe Scruggs was onstage with his show that he likes to take on the road. If you've not heard Scruggs before, you don't know what you're missing. His kids' songs are some of the funniest I've ever heard, and the show was enjoyed not only by the kids in our crowd tonight, but by us grown-ups too (and we had the little ones outnumbered, in our family). The music Scruggs plays is fun, his voice is good, but the real draw to his work is the humor. It reminds me a lot of the work of one of my favorite bloggers, Pinhole. The lyrics of the music always keep my whole family laughing.
I was surprised to see that the Joe Scruggs concert was held in the local high school auditorium tonight, but I was pleased too. I was pleased that he's kept his show close to the crowd, staying very near to the kids who love his music. It was, for the most part, a pretty low-tech show, using puppets, music, and humor to please the crowds. I really loved that about the whole program.
This served as a really good reminder for me to stick to the habit of checking out the smaller-scale local programs when I travel. It's easy to get distracted by the glitzy programs and ads for the big-name shows, but the smaller programs are sometimes the best place to see real life when you are on the road. I sat tonight in the audience thinking, here in the town where I grew up, that this show would make a great outing for travelers (especially those with kids). It was "touristy" at all, but Scruggs would give a visitor to the area a real feel for the sorts of humor and entertainment that delight local audiences here.
And so that reminds me not to overlook similar shows in areas to which I travel.
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