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KaRTunes Blog - March 2017
• Mar 24 & 25 - Allegan Cabaret Band Show - Photos from Saturday the 25th only



Talk about "work hard, play hard"! Many hundreds of man-hours were involved with putting this show together. Krystal and I each had well over a hundred hours of rehearsal and preparation time put into the Cabaret Band Show project. Krys did the program and advertising graphics work. It's pretty amazing to see all the pieces come together, thanks to the direction of Dean Michaels. Dean says he already has reserved the Griswold Auditorium for the 2018 show. Okay, we're in!
Thank you to the helpers from Allegan Area Art Council, Wings of Hope Hospice, and Children's Museum for doing all the odd jobs, including ushering, ticket-taking, concession & beverage, etc. We really had a smooth and professional show, and that's not an easy thing to pull off. I could fill many pages with stories from rehearsals and shows. With so many people involved, you can imagine the drama, the creativity, the teamwork, the arguments, and everything else that comes with a working family. Reminds me of working in the family grocery store as a youngster. Attitude is everything, and the attitude for Cabaret Band Show is "the show must go one" - no matter what roadblocks and problems pop up along the way.
Thanks to the entire Cabaret Band family; the singing cast, the band, the backstage workers, the artists, the sound crew, the lighting crew, the ushers and ticket-takers, the song arrangers, the photographers and videographers, the sponsors, the concession & beverage workers, the advertisers, and all of our families who took up our slack at home while we rehearsed. Special thanks to Tom Pratt for photos. Special thanks to our excellent sound man, Jerry Dick of Amplified Audio of Grand Haven. I want to encourage everyone to read their program; check out the cast bios and the sponsors - you'll learn a lot. Special thanks to Dean Michaels, of course - without Dean there would be no show, and his life is consumed by the Cabaret for three months. Most of all, thanks to the people who made up the wonderful crowds on all four nights; each night had a great responsive and appreciative crowd.
Now it's time for Krystal & Rick to get back to their Tricks band and KaR Tunes work. Shift gears!
Showtime! | Pre-Party & After-Party

• Mar 17 & 18 - Allegan Cabaret Band Show



This is the 32nd "Nearly Annual" Cabaret Band Show. Nearly annual because the show was on hiatus last year, 2016.
The band and singers started rehearsals the last week of January. In only about 60 hours of rehearsals, we had to learn 36 songs backwards & forward, inside and out. After so many years of outstanding shows, the bar is set very high, and everyone knows it. Proceeds from the show go to three of the top Allegan non-profits; Wings of Hope Hospice, Allegan Area Arts Council, and Forever Curious Children's Museum.
Let the main beneficiary say a few words
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Wings of Hope Hospice says, "Music is a magnificent gift to humanity. This universal language connects to our hearts and our souls. It can move us to sing, to dance, to cry, ... A melody can take us to other places and times. ... Cabaret is a musical gift to our community. On four evenings in March, we come together to witness the combination of incredible talent and hard work. Hundreds of people grow silent to listen together, then burst into appreciative applause. For a time, we are on the same wavelength, of the same mind".
The Cabaret Band is: Dean Michaels on keyboards, sax, & flute | Greg Howard (former Tricks member) on lead guitars | Rick Dutkiewicz on electric, acoustic, and lap-steel guitars | Dave Swan on Horns, Acoustic Guitar, banjo | Jeff Clearwater on Bass | Don Pabis on drums & keys
The singing cast is: (The Female Quartet) Meghan Daniel, Shannon Dykstra, Dana O'Patik, Kristen Pennington,
soloists Tim Dickinson, Kristen Milbocker, Ross Menhart, Alva Morgan, Kevin Myers, Scott Chenard, Cal Klokkert, Dr. Paul Hodge, Dr. Chris Hodge, Bryan Fisher, and Krystal Dutkiewicz.
I think it's cool that the 4 main backup singers are two pairs of sisters: Meghan & Kristen are daughters to Dean Michaels the Director. Shannon & Dana are daughters to Marcia Halloran (longtime Dick's Market Deli manager.)
Thanks to all the sponsors. Thanks to all attendees. Thanks to all the volunteer workers: Forever Curious and Wings of Hope for ushers and AAAC for Concessions. Thanks to the cast and fellow bandmates. Thanks to Marcia Halloran & Rose Walker for the pre-party food. Thanks to Jerry Dick of Amplified Audio for great sound system and work. Thanks to Tom Pratt for camera work. Thanks most of all to Dean Michaels. Rick and Krystal have worked with Dean since we got acquainted with him in the early 90s, working in the annual Allegan County Scholarship Pageant. Dean approached us to work in the 2015 Cabaret Band Show, so this is just our second year doing this show. It's a lot of work, and we have to share our Cabaret hours and days with our other music work in the Tricks band and our acoustic shows. The show raises thousands of dollars for Allegan non-profits, and that's the reason we continued for this second year. Next year is a strong possibility, but we'll see what happens.
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KaRTunes Blog - February 2017

• Feb 14 - KaR Tunes, Valentine's Day Dinner at Hilliards Corner Lounge

This was our first music show for the "new" owners, the Stein family. Actually, Steins are the old owners; the land-contract reverted to them when the old owner Eric decided to give up the business. We love doing the love songs and the family events. This was a lovey-dovey events for couples, and it matched our expectations perfectly. The food was great, give Steins a big credit for the excellent food at Hilliards Corner Lounge. The weather was pretty good. A nice almost-warm sunny day, with just the slightest snowfall in the cold evening. The crowd was great - thanks so much to all our friends for showing up to eat, drink, and dance to our Krys & Rick tunes. We started right at 6, and everyone was hanging out with us until we finished around 9. We had friends and neighbors from far and wide. Thanks to those who drove a distance to join us on this day celebrating love. We had friends from G.R., Fennville, Allegan, Hudsonville, Grandville, Middleville, and Wayland. We've only had a couple acoustic gigs in the past 4 months, so we were happy that our song memory banks were clicking. We added a few Krystal & Rick song rarities; Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do", Supertramp's "Even In The Quietest Moments", Adelle's "One And Only", Stones' "Sway", Linda Ronstadt "Heatwave", and Indigo Girls' "Closer to Fine". We surprised ourselves by doing a pretty good job on all those rarities, as well as our regular everyday crowd pleasers.
Thanks to the Steins for having us. Thanks to friends for coming out on a weekday night. Thank you dancers!


KaRTunes Blog - January 2017

• Jan 28 - KaR Tunes, Lynx 4th Annual Beach Party

We love this place. The Lynx is close by for us, not too hoity-toity, not too shabby, great food, beautiful golf course with lots of woods, and a staff that is friendly and professional. They know how to do events. They do lots of golf outing benefits, weddings, comedy nights, "art and wine" nights, and lots of other events. This one is a special annual event to celebrate mid-winter. We're halfway through the cold weather, and golf weather is right around the corner. It's a Beach Party. Everyone is encouraged to wear beach attire. What a colorful event. The decorations were over-the-top. There was a great selection of door prizes, indluding t-shirts, hates, sunglasses, drink glasses, umbrellas, ... a bunch of beach-related items. At the night's end, Rick got a pair of Jack Daniels "Tennessee Honey" wrist sweatbands.
Someone told me that they went to the Lynx on Friday to get reservations, and there were only 20-some names on the list. Jim the owner told me during 2pm set-up that there were about 38 names reserved, with a couple regular groups not able to attend. We were prepared for a half-full room, but that's not how it ended up. We had at least 70 party people filling the room. There were several couples there from Sharon's Dance Studio in Kalamazoo, from the bigger group that came last year. We had lots of dancing action for nearly every song. We dusted off the summer / beach songs we learned for last year's party. We are even talking about adding one or two of those songs to the Tricks repertoire. The main candidate for a Tricks addition is Linda Rondstadt "Heatwave".
There were great munchies, including a taco bar and desert table. Lots of Margaritas and Piña Coladas. There was also a photo booth set up, and we had a Limbo contest. I can't think of anything that would have made this night more fun. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great party night. Thanks to Jim & Pam and the Lynx staff for your hard work.


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