Gra­cie’s cel­e­brates five years of mu­sic

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

The Lyri­cal Ma­gi­cian per­forms his song “Disco Spe­cial” at Gra­cie’s Cafe five-year an­niver­sary.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Os­traka closed Gra­cie’s five-year an­niver­sary con­cert with “We Re­mem­ber” Fri­day night.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Cyril Caster played his song “The For­est” dur­ing Gra­cie’s five-year an­niver­sary con­cert.

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