Gracie’s celebrates five years of music
— Gracie’s Cafe celebrated its five-year anniversary with an eclectic music event Friday night.
The event included musicians who performed different genres of music – from folk to alternative to bluegrass and rap. Performers included Dean Sapp, TreeWalker, Dave Thompson and Zane Campbell, and more.
The cafe had 21 individual artists who performed one song each, said Glenn Richman, who serves as announcer and is known as Mr. Trivia. Richman said the performers were a mix of regulars and local talent who were invited to perform. The night even included Elkton Commissioner Earl Piner singing “I’ve Had Some Good Days,” a 50-50 raffle and trivia questions from Richman.
The cafe began as a place to celebrate local art and artists. Richman, Dave Moore and Kate Moore along with volunteers help to run the cafe. Richman said the $5 cover helps the nonprofit venue pay rent and utilities.
Of course, Gracie’s wouldn’t be complete without musicians.
Cyril Caster, of Wilmington, Del., played an original
song called “The Forest.” He said the song is from the point of view from the trees.
Caster, who is one half of Fish Castle, played solo during the concert. He said his partner is overseas. He said he has has been performing almost every Friday for three years.
Pilisa Mackey, a Perryville resident, said she has been performing at the cafe sine November. Mackey said singing an acoustic version of Adele’s “Hello” is her way of apologizing to people and helps her to release her emotions. She said she was excited when she received an invitation to perform at the anniversary concert.
John Melvin Smith, whose stage name is Lyrical Magician, performed his original song called “Disco Special.”
He said his genre of music includes rap, hip-hop and disco, but that his music has no profanity. He said families come to the cafe to enjoy the music. He said he enjoys this space because there is no alcohol and it is good clean fun.
Moore, who helps to run the cafe and runs the music soundboard, performed his original song “Simple Man.” He dedicated the folk song to his father, who is turning 90 in July.
Elkton resident Suzanne Mensch and her husband have been attending the venue on and off for two years.
She said they were excited to see bands such as the Susquehanna Floods and Dean Sapp.
“It’s just something different to do,” Mensch about going to the cafe.
She said she and husband enjoy the atmosphere.
“There’s just a comfortable kind of atmosphere,” Mensch said, adding there is no alcohol at Gracie’s.
Joanne Magowan said she and her husband have been attending the venue since last summer. She said she likes that Gracie’s has many performers who play different genres.
“It’s wonderful,” gowan said.
The Lyrical Magician performs his song “Disco Special” at Gracie’s Cafe five-year anniversary.
Ostraka closed Gracie’s five-year anniversary concert with “We Remember” Friday night.
Cyril Caster played his song “The Forest” during Gracie’s five-year anniversary concert.