LACONIA — The Jazz Bar will present Wendy Nottonson and the John Funkhouser Trio tonight at 7 p.m. Charlie Farren will open the show.
Wendy Nottonson is a dynamic vocalist who has gained recognition for her singular timing, phrasing, vocal agility and linguistic diversity. Her influences span from Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and Betty Carter to Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy.
Her CD "Lover Man" has been fondly received, with one critic celebrating that her "voice rests on a lilty vibrato, her teasing approaches suggest Ella (Fitzgerald), and she perfectly juxtaposes quick successions of lyrics with drawn out melodic stretches." (Eric Weld, jazz critic)
Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocal, and subtle yet innovative guitar style. It wasn't always quite so subtle, as Charlie formed this original self-taught style with a history of successful, hard-crunching rock bands throughout the 1980s.
Farren emerged onto the national scene in the early '80s as lead singer and guitarist with the Joe Perry Project. In that band Charlie established himself as one of the hottest young singers to emerge from the Boston music scene, writing the hits 'Listen to The Rock' and 'East Coast, West Coast' and 'I've Got The Rock And Rolls Again'.
There is a $10 cover charge. Full bar, dinner, coffee, and desserts are available.
Table reservations can be made by calling (603) 366-9100