I'll be kicking myself for the rest of my days and for a good reason ... up until January 2008, I have skipped all of Odetta's appearances at McCabe's ... I don't know what made me stay away from her shows for so long. Nor do I know what made me buy two tickets for her January 27 show, which turned out to be an evening like few others.
So there I was, sitting with my better half in the front row, waiting for Odetta to come down the stairs to take the stage, like all performers do at McCabe's. But no one came down. Instead, a bit unexpectedly, a frail-looking and wheelchair-bound Odetta entered the room from the left side of the stage, pushed in by two McCabe's employees, who then lifted the wheelchair up on the stage, with Odetta still in it. All this took about half a minute and I could tell that everyone there was a bit tense. Two maneuvers later, the wheelchair was positioned right next to a music stand, a blanket was placed over Odetta's lap and - all of a sudden - we were in her living room, her frailty gone and a beautiful smile replacing the initial apprehension on her face. We were in business!
|Odetta at McCabe's (January 27, 2008) (photo by Sherry Rayn Barnett) (Please visit her web site at www.sherrybarnettphotography.com, where you will find countless great photos)|
Croatian-born Radoslav Lorkovic accompanied Odetta on keyboards for the entire duration of the show.
|Radoslav Lorkovic and Odetta in 2006|
David Keyes accompanied Odetta on, you guessed it, keyboards.
|Yours Truly, third in line (October 3, 2008)|
|The McCabe's crowd, moments before the show (October 3, 2008)|
|David Keyes' piano (October 3, 2008)|