Published DateTo the editor,
The Lakes Region has yet another outstanding asset.
Friday evening, January 25, I attended for the first time, a performance at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia. What a great idea that was (probably my wife's). I had periodically seen local publicity for the music venue but hadn't yet made the leap to give it a try. The Bruce Marshall Group was advertised for Friday and although I had not researched their credentials, the thought of some good live blues was appealing. So, my wife and I went with a couple of friends.
The performance by the Bruce Marshall Group in that rustic almost living room BYO setting might have been the most enjoyable show I've ever seen. I don't say that lightly. Years ago I had season tickets for four different major venues in the Los Angeles area. In years more recent I attended numerous outstanding shows in NY, NJ and PA and have many great memories of fantastic quality performances. Maybe it's partly because it was in my own back yard, maybe it's partly because it took me by surprise, maybe it's partly because of the friendly hospitality of Dick and Connie Mitchell (the Freight Room proprietors), or maybe it was really the combined musicianship, showmanship, sincere gusto and real world wholesomeness of this four man group that produced one great song after another that was exactly what I wanted that night. Whatever. These are subjective things.
I am anxious to see the Bruce Marshall Group again, and also to sample more events at Pitman's Freight Room. Wonderful!
David M. Zebuhr