Thursday, December 25, 2008

Dec. 19, 2008 @ Howey's On 71

Wishing you warmest wishes and a very, merry Christmas!

I hope this entry finds you in the best of health and spirits during this most joyous holiday season.

The recent cold spell finally snapped and we got some more of the white stuff. It's always nice to have a white Christmas.

It's also nice to be among friends at Howey's on 71, enjoying a bit of food, drink, and song!

Starting off the singing this night was Megan. She sang "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" first. Other selections included "Spider Webs" and "Let's Get It On". Great vocals!
Next up was Alison R with "Sin Wagon". She also sang "Killing Me Softly" and "I See Right Through You".

She was joined by the other Alison for Pink's latest, "So What". Alison x2...What a team!
Brian F. sang the Bon Jovi classic, "Wanted Dead or Alive". He also did "Danger Zone" and "Bad to the Bone".

Ryan performed "The Joker", "Friends in Low Places", and "Baby Got Back" with friends.

Jordy rocked out on ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses".

Kevin got the place groovin' with R. Kelly's "Ignition" and was later joined by Kim for "Why Don't We Get Drunk".

Bryan did "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Me and Julio".

Tracy, Jenny, and Megan warmed it up with "Hot in Here".

Jake and friends shouted out "Bohemian Rhapsody". Interesting version guys.

Rich and Albert took us way back with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling".

I look forward to seeing you all on Friday, Dec. 26 for more fun.

Also, come on out to Howey's on 71 for the New Year's Eve celebration! It's gonna be a blast!

See ya soon!

SG

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dec. 12, 2008 @ Howey's on 71

Ah, Christmas time in Northern Illinois.

Snow, cold, people bustling around getting ready...and some of us taking a little breather to come in from the cold, enjoy a beverage and the great company of friends at Howey's on 71!
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Our ol' friend Les was on hand to spread some holiday cheer. But first, as always, he dedicated a song from his favorite band, the Beatles, to his favorite waitress, Molly..."Obla-Di Obla-Da".
On his subsequent visits to the stage, he referred to himself as "Subordinate Claus, Santa's Little Brother" and graced us with "Wonderful Christmas Time", "Jingle Bell Rock", Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer", and "Time of the Season". He even danced a bit of a jig when "Linus and Lucy" got played between singers!

Stephanie kept a country theme with "Fancy", "Black Horse & A Cherry Tree", and "Goodbye Earl". Nice job on each.

Marie took us back with Gloria Gaynor's huge hit, "I Will Survive".

Gina, Christina and friends had quite the party going! They came up for "Landslide", "Killer Queen", "Before He Cheats", "Beautiful Life", "Wide Open Spaces", and "Unfaithful". Too much fun!

Not to be outdone, Thorpo, Jon, and the guys came up for "The Sweater Song" and "Free Fallin".

'Hot Carl' and 'Taco Ice' busted loose with 'Baby Got Back" and "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy".

George and Erica stopped in for a few songs. George sang "Hurts So Good" and "Overnight Male", Erica sang "Rehab" and "Last Dance". Nicely done.

Alex and friends wrapped up the list with "Tribute" and "No Rain".

There were quite a few more song slips presented late in the evening. Unfortunately, we were not able to get to all of them due to time constraints. We need to stop at 1:30 so my advice to all of you...come in a bit earlier and you'll get to sing.

As always...Keep Smilin'

SG

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 @ Howey's On 71

Another fun night at Howey's on 71. A bit mellower than most of late, but fun none the less.

Linda started things off with "L-O-V-E". Her other selections included "All Jacked Up" and "Your Love is Lifting Me Higher". Great job on all!

Holly P. was also in great form on "New York State of Mind", "Heartache Tonight", and "Summer Wind". It was great seeing you both at Howey's. I hope you're back again real soon.

Our friend, one time fellow KJ, and awesome vocalist Gus was on hand to entertain. He sang "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "Stormy Monday". Thanks for being there.

Mandy and friends sang "I Saw The Sign" and Chris joined Mandy for "Pop". What a party your table was having that night!

Kari came up for "Senorita". Muy bueno!

Mike P had some fun with "White Wedding" and "Sweet Child of Mine". But it was his rendition of Tenacious D's "Tribute" that really got the crowd cheering! Awesome.

Adam kept the 80's hair band vibe going with "Wanted Dead or Alive".

Jeremy came up for "Friends in Low Places" and was later joined by Shannon to sing "Sweet Caroline". So good, so good, so good.... Shannon was joined by Sarah for "Redneck Woman". Hell yeah!

One of our regulars, and a damn fine singer, Holly S. (along with hubby Dan) was in the house and sounded great on "So What", "My Immortal", "Bring Me To Life" (with Dan), and "Travelin' Soldier". Always a pleasure to see and hear you! You two are a blast!

Finally, Kevin and Chris had fun with "500 Miles".

Of course, there was plenty of dining, drinking, and dancing to go along with the singing.

Yes. A fun night indeed.

Keep Smilin'

SG