Friday, April 6, 2007
Union Hall Coffee House has a grand opening
The dynamic acoustic trio, City of Roses, played to a full house at the grand opening of the Union Hall Coffee House on March 31. Accomplished singer-songwriters Linda Picceri (lead guitar and vocals), Michelle Tanguay (guitar and vocals) and Stephen Gilligan (bass guitar and vocals) performed standard favorites interspersed with many of their own compositions.
The Coffee House prime mover, Dian Cuccinello, was asked to take her bows during their rendition of "Fresh Bread," although the beverage and dessert menu was far more elaborate. Fair trade coffees, teas, cocoa and cold drinks complemented the range of cakes, cookies, panini and biscotti available.
The origins and inspirations for many of the trio's compositions were given as introduction to the performance of each. Tanguay said, somewhat facetiously, that a fishing excursion led to "The One That Got Away." And Picceri admitted that a day job "mental health day" spent on a golf course inspired the line: "I don't know how many days we'll have like this."
Overheard from the audience: "A great idea — why hasn't someone done this before?" "This is a larger crowd than I expected." "Taste this, it is delicious — I got the last one."
Dian said, "I've had a desire to start a coffee house for a long time but only got serious about this in February. A lot of volunteers helped me to pull this together." When asked about future plans, she said, "We'd like it to be a monthly event but with July and August off. The next will be April 28 with the bluegrass group, Southern Rail." The coffee house web site is www.unionhallcoffeehouse.com.
Lead guitarist Picceri finished the evening with an instrumental solo reminiscent of a fourth of July final fireworks salvo and brought the crowd to its feet. This morphed into a well-deserved standing ovation for the trio. Their web site, www.cityofroses.net, lists their performance schedule. Their next local appearance will be on April 28 at Café Ziba in Acton.
© 2007 The Carlisle Mosquito