Late Night, Lively Entertainment
What were you doing this past Saturday at a quarter to two in the morning? Well, if you are ETA James Gibb, you were shaking it up on the stage at Mohawk Casino and Raceway. Or, perhaps, you were one of the many fans who stayed for the entire show, from 10 pm to 2 am, to watch James give an electrifying performance. It was wonderful to see people stand for song after song to hear James sing Elvis with his amazing vibrato. More than one slot player was so mesmerized by what they heard, that they turned from their machines to watch James. With his wonderful stage presence, and looking so cute in his pink jacket and polka dot shirt, James was a big hit at his first appearance at Mohawk. Organizers would be wise to ask him back again.
It always relaxes an audience when an ETA handles little glitches with humour and ease. As any entertainer knows, sound and lighting are keys elements to a performance. And when it is your first time at a venue, and you don't have a proper dressing room (I heard he packed his black leather outfit, but wasn't able to change into it), and you have no idea about the existing sound system, how do you manage? If you are ETA James Gibb, you carry on and give a stunning performance. And when you are stuck with a wonky mic stand, you make a few jokes about how it is doomed. An audience is always on the side of the performer, so his comments about the wayward mic were met with good humour.
The were some familiar faces who came along to enjoy their good friend's show. Tribute artist, Marcus Wells, and his wife Karen, Sandra Gold, who booked James's show, Rita Petrone Caruso, Sue Harris, and fan Dot Farr, joined James's wife Lisa and son, Josh, for a fabulous evening. There is always a lot of laughter and great stories when this group gets together.
If you missed Saturday's performance, you have another chance to see ETA James Gibb perform at Flamboro Downs, Flamborough, Ontario, on Friday, March 16th, 2018. The show starts at 9 pm, but come early to get a good seat in the stage area. Based on Saturday's response, James will pack the room!
My hair is a little dishevelled in the first photo with James--that is what happens when an ETA inspires dancing. Also, it was at the end of the evening...after 2 am. The middle photo is one of my favourites of Sandra Gold, with James, after his amazing show. I love the last photo because is not the usual posed photo that I capture of fans with ETAs. Dot Farr is making a point as ETA James Gibb listens attentively. I missed getting a photo of Rita Petrone Caruso--next time for sure! Best regards to all. See you at the next show! C.M.