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BIG ARTS brings in country swing musical sensation Shotgun Wedding March 9

March 7, 2018
FL Guide

Drawing from a wellspring of country and favorably compared to Asleep at the Wheel Country, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Little Feat and the Zac Brown Band, Shotgun Wedding leans on Americana, alt-country, rock 'n'roll and boogie-and-stride piano tradition to produce a exciting energized sound.

The band will perform on March 9 at 8 p.m. at BIG ARTS Sanibel Island.

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"We are delighted to showcase Shotgun Wedding, who will bring their original styling of country music warmth mixed with the vibrant edge of eclectic Americana music to the island community," Lee Ellen Harder, executive director, said.

The lead female singer is sultry and sometimes downright sassy vocalist Catherine Porter, who has toured and performed with Queen, Chaka Khan, Sam Moore, Mel B and Kiki Dee, among others. She is also a captivating performer and has starred opposite Michael Crawford in the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hugh Jackman in "Sunset Boulevard" and was the lead in the Tony Award-winning musical, "Next to Normal."

The quintet includes professional musicians Dennis DelGaudio, guitar/vocals, and Porter, vocals. The group blends creativity with hard work and attention to detail.

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"We have to constantly practice and microscopically look at our songs and pieces of music to make sure we are on the same page," DelGaudio said. "Attention to detail is paramount within our creative team."

DelGaudio was guitarist for the entire run of the Broadway smash hit "Movin' Out," was the musical director for the London production of "Movin' Out" and he has the rare distinction of performing at Billy Joel's historic Last Play at Shea concerts in 2008. In 2009, DelGaudio became a touring member of Billy Joel's band for the Face to Face tour.

"With Broadway performances such as 'Movin' Out,' music performance had to be exactly the same for every moment of the performance, for each and every performance, in order to keep all the performers in time with each other," DelGaudio said. "Playing live gives you the opportunity to change the music in the moment, for the moment. A live concert is very organic and our music has a story telling nature, we hope the BIG ARTS audience is ready for a good time."

Shotgun Wedding's appearance is sponsored by Bailey's General Store.



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