Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Concert at the High School, but not a High School Concert

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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3 comments:

Randal said...
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Pinhole said...

I checked the link to Mr. Scruggs's website, but it had no information as to whether he is related to Earl Scruggs who played for so many years with Lester Flatt. Would you happen to know?

And thanks very much for the link.

hifidel said...

Pinhole,

I don't know if he is related to Earl Scruggs. I don't know Joe Scruggs personally, but it was great fun to see him in concert. My younger sister got a copy of his cassette long ago, when she was still pretty small, and I was a teenager We listened to it a whole lot. I enjoyed it even then. I think it was even more fun to see my younger sister's two boys enjoying the music just as much as she did when she was little (and she still seemed to enjoy it just as much at the concert too).

You'd really get a big kick out of his music. Many of his song lyrics tell stories that remind me especially of Percy's Dilemma. I think Scruggs really understands the experience of childhood, and it is nicely incorprated into his music.