The opening act is the entertainer who performs at a show before the featured entertainer. The opening act's performance serves to "warm up" the audience. The opening act will usually be an up-and-coming performer with a much smaller following than the featured artist.
I attended two shows recently, based upon the opening act.
Sunday night, Luke Brindley was the opening act for Willy Porter. Brindley is a Washington, DC based singer-songwriter, who was making his 3rd visit to Pittsburgh in a span of about 7 months. He immediately grabbed our attention by playing an instrumental. During his set he tried out some new material (for a yet un-named "fan funded" CD) along with older material like "Wrecking Ball" and another instrumental "Dervish"; as he alternated playing his two guitars.
The Willy Porter show was re-scheduled from November (Porter cancelled then due to illness). I was mesmerized the entire evening by Porter's finger-style guitar playing. He told stories in a humorous style, took requests, and got us to sing-along. Brindley did join Porter on a song.
Tuesday night 21-year-old Seth Glier was the opening act for Maia Sharp. He plays the keyboards and guitar. He writes his own songs. In this reality TV make a star overnight world, it's refreshing to see a young singer-songwriter doing it the old fashioned way with mature lyrics and a stage presence way beyond his years. Glier began his short set singing a cappella, showcasing his amazing voice. Glier also told stories about living with his parents and 99-year-old grandmother in a small town in MA and how it has influenced his writing. Ryan Hommel joined Glier on stage playing guitar and backing vocals.
Maia Sharp immediately caught my attention by doing a new song ("Sorry") that I had just heard her frequent co-writing partner Edwin McCain sing at his recent show in Cleveland. Sharp also thanked WYEP for their support (applause applause). She sang quite a few songs from her most recent CD "Echo" with Linda Taylor on electric guitar and backing vocals. Sharp not only played the guitar, but keyboards and saxophone as well. She shared songs and stories that she wrote that were sung by Bonnie Raitt and The Dixie Chicks. Sharp also brought up on stage local singer-songwriter Bill Deasy to sing "Say Anything". Deasy was aided by a lyric sheet to sing with his long-time friend. Sharp expressed her gratitude for all the fan support over the years and truly seemed to enjoy playing in Pittsburgh.
Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host
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