Tunes from the Great American Songbook will be front and center when Miss Demeanor and the Groove Felons take the stage at the Market on Celebration Square, Saturday, May 31. And, if we’re lucky, the smooth combo will toss in a little Thelonious Monk. Can you imagine? Monk at the Market.
“We are excited to make our Sulphur Springs debut and be a part of the vibrant downtown scene,” said singer Shannon Monk – no relation to the composer.
Monk, along with guitarist Fred Howard, bass Rhandy Simmons and drummer L. Allen Prazak, have been performing together since October 2012.
Their ease with each other is obvious, and their individual credentials are impressive.
Monk has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her style is a little Ella Fitzgerald, a little Billie Holiday, with some Blossom Dearie tossed in for good measure.
Howard, a retired electrical engineer, played in rock bands in his early 20s, returning to session work in 2006. He includes Chet Atkins, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Paige, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton as his musical influences. Think a modern-day Les Paul in a Hawaiian shirt.
Simmons, who also serves as a fishing guide on Lake Fork, has shared the spotlight with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana and Travis Tritt. His Siesta Ranch Studio, nestled deep in the Big Woods, was where Grammy-winning Kacey Musgraves cut her first album.
“The gig is gonna be so cool,” Simmons said. “I hear that Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Crebs will be there!”
Prazak, who retired from the United Nations/World Health Organization, is the group’s music historian.
“He knows the backstory of almost every song in our catalog,” Monk said in a News-Telegram interview last year. “He’s the one who found a clip of Judy Garland covering ‘Here’s That Rainy Day.’ We do that song now.”
The combo covers other tunes from the Great American Songbook, too, including “Autumn Leaves,” “A Foggy Day,” “A-Train, and “Route 66,” and sometimes they throw in Thelonious Monk’s “Darn That Dream.”
According to Sulphur Springs’ Economic Development Director, Shane Shephard, several downtown restaurants will be serving an early supper before the show or dinner afterward, including Lou Viney’s, Bayou Jack’s, Muddy Jake’s, Main Street Winery, Coffee Off the Square and The Burger Grind. Seating is limited in some locations, so call now for reservations.
There is no charge for the concert. Miss Demeanor and The Groove Felons will take the stage at 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs — and a friend or two — and get ready for an evening of cool songs performed by artists who make it look easy.
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