January 7, 2014 > A new decade
A new decade
Submitted By Bruce Roberts
John McCutcheonÕs January 20th concert at St. JamesÕ Episcopal Church begins a new decade playing and singing in Fremont. This is his eleventh year at the cozy venue nicknamed the Club Saint J for one night a year, Martin Luther King Monday. The master multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and storyteller usually bounds on stage with a banjo to start the show. From that moment, who knows what he will do? Having written over 200 songs and made over 35 albums, McCutcheon has the pick of a huge repertoire to entertain his audienceÉ and entertain he does. No two shows are alike; he tailors the show to the audience, his whims, even the weather. Only John knows what he will sing next.
The audience sings along with John; he invites them to request their favorite McCutcheon songs, songs that have earned seven Grammy nominations. Sometimes he pokes fun at politicians, tells stories of his travels and people he has met that have spawned the songs, songs and stories delighting the eveningÕs audience.
This past fall, John traveled to Fresno from the East Coast to honor the twenty-eight men and women killed in a plane crash in 1948 listed as Òdeportees.Ó After all these years, a monument was erected to them with their names. John participated in the ceremony to help set the record straight. In his current album, JohnÕs songs range from singing in honor of Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for wanting to be educated, to telling the story about the ÒNight That Dan Ryan Got Locked in the Pub.Ó John has proved that he is a man of the people.
St. JamesÕ will donate a portion of the concert proceeds to Abode Services Ð partnering to end homelessness in our community.
John McCutcheon Concert
Monday, Jan 20
7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
St. JamesÕ Episcopal Church
37051 Cabrillo Terrace (at Thornton Ave.), Fremont
Tickets: $25/ adults; $15/children 12 and under, and children under 5/free.