On Friday, October 5, The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College hosted the music of VickiKristinaBarcelona. A trio of women — Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi, and Terry Radigan — VickiKrstinaBarcelona introduces a unique sound to the music world, covering the music of Tom Waits. The group traveled up to Keene from New York City, where Shannon Mayers, director of the Redfern Arts Center, first witnessed their talent.
The event began at 7:30 p.m., when members of the Keene community gathered in the Alumni Recital Hall. On the stage was a guitar, an accordion, drums and more — and all seemed enthusiastic for a night of art. What audiences were most excited about, however, was the music these three women would be covering.
“The idea of reproducing the music of Tom Waits interested me,” said Season, who came to the event with her husband and children: “And, the fact I can bring my kids.” Season’s husband added, “I’d like to see how three people can reproduce the music he does with a large band.”
Cliff Adler and Lynn Lavine, who have frequented the Redfern for many seasons, were also intrigued by the source of the group’s music, stating, “We’re familiar with Tom Waits and his singing. It also seemed different, because we usually wind up at dance concerts. We didn’t know the women (of VickiKristinaBarcelona), but there was something that sounded unconventional about them, and that was appealing.”
The show began, and for nearly two hours, audiences were treated to a variety of music. Throughout the night, Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi and Terry Radigan filled the Alumni Recital Hall with the sounds of folk and blues.
Inspired by a variety of genres, each song brought a new feeling. Some songs emphasized the accordion, with a prevalent French flair. Others sounded straight out of the Wild West, or Spanish. Upbeat numbers were followed by slow blues songs, creating a balance in the evening’s music.
In between each song, the three women told stories and made jokes which led into the upcoming number, lacing their music with humor.
Throughout the show, audiences clapped and even moved with the music, smiles upon their faces. In fact, after the final number, the recital hall filled with a thundering applause, which led to a standing ovation.
Audiences were impressed with the women’s musical talent and originality, and appeared to enjoy their night of art.
The final number wasn’t the end of the night; all were treated to a reception and Q&A with the members of the band. Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi and Terry Radigan not only walked up to personally chat with audience members, but took photos and answered questions.
“I think we get our unique sound from pulling inspiration from all around the world,” answered Amanda Homi, when asked what inspired VickyKristinaBarcelona’s unique sound.
“I myself am from England, but also lived in Greece, and I have pulled in elements of everywhere I have been.”
VickiKristinaBarcelona can be found at https://vickikristinabarcelonaband.com.
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