Written by Record Pilot Staff Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Last month, North Shore held its second annual Acoustic Café in the high school cafeteria. The show featured 13 different acts, plus a finale that incorporated all of the performers. Additionally, photography students displayed their work, and the Marche Coffee Bar was open all night. The evening was a real steal for only $3.
The cafeteria was in full “café” mode, including a stage, lighting, and a backdrop to set the mood. Kevin Quinn emceed the entire evening. The performers included students, teachers, and North Shore graduates from 2008, 2012 and 2013. This line-up represented a truly eclectic selection of songs and instrumentation. There were original compositions, duos, fifties, marimba solos, classical guitar, saxophone, sixties bubblegum, box drums, forties classics, solos, duos of brothers, a father-son duo, and even a parent of two North
Shore graduates. And, of course, there were guitars, keyboards, bass, and plenty of superb singers.
The cafeteria was packed with more than 200 people. Extra chairs had to be set up to accommodate the overflow crowd. With so many different acts, the audience remained engaged for the entire two hours. The talent and the variety really made for an entertaining evening. The finale, “Hey Jude,” was performed by the entire cast of two dozen performers.
North Shore’s Acoustic Café was started in 2013 by Dr. Gerver and Mr. Wankel. It was inspired by Michael Gerver’s performances at Smithtown High School’s Acoustic Café. Many “behind the scenes” people contributed to the success of the evening, including John Brady, Jerry Boertzel and staff, Lisa Papalia, Robin Appel, Rich Galati, Lynn Johnson, and the photography students.
If the 2013 and 2014 Café audiences are any indication, the Acoustic Café will become a staple at North Shore for a long time to come.