The Fiddleback concert at Jacoby Arts Center on Saturday night was a success and I think everyone enjoyed the show.
My wife, Victoria Brannan, is a violinist for Fiddleback, a string group, that plays a wide variety of tunes. Carli Bates, an Edwardsville orchestra teacher, joined the group on cello, and I thought was fantastic. The cello adds a lot to Fiddleback’s overall sound. The rest of the group – Andrew Driscoll, violinist, Grant Krener, guitar, and Terry Kippenberger, bass, were excellent.
The Jacoby Arts Center volunteers and Jean King, director of the music division of Jacoby Arts Center’s performing arts, have done a remarkable job promoting the arts with the Saturday Nights at Jacoby on Broadway in Alton. Those in attendance talked to me about how good a program they thought King and her help have organized.
I think Jacoby has become a “hub” for culture in the region and those affiliated should have so much pride.
King said she thought the Fiddleback concert was fantastic. “This was the second time we had Victoria and Fiddleback,” she said. “I thought the sound of the strings was just fantastic. The audience obviously felt the same way. it was the largest crowd ever had at Jacoby live. We had 40 people on waiting list standing in gallery hoping to get in and many others saw the situation. We had well over 200 people there and that is beyond our capacity. It’s always very helpful and gratifying for the musicians when a large amount of people come.”
The St. Louis Fiddle Ensemble came on stage at the midway mark of the concert and were definitely entertained the crowd. King suggested having a matinee performance next year for the Fiddle Ensemble because of the large turnout this year.
If you get a chance, go out and attend one of the Saturday Nights at Jacoby. I don’t think you will be disappointed.