Review: Bonus Daddy D '60s show pours on entertainment
6:02 PM, Oct 13, 2012
Written by Warren Gerds Green Bay Press-Gazette
Daddy D Productions: “Songs of the ’60s”
4 stars (out of four)
Daddy D Productions put on a show Friday night at the Riverside Ballroom that was not part of its original schedule for the year. What was put together for a sponsor, with the public invited, dished out the ample strengths of Daddy D’s talented lineup.
Troupe leader Darren Johnson unleashed his flexible voice in “Unchained Melody.”
Singer Shelly Emmer embraced “Let It Be.”
Singer Doug Dachelet finessed “In My Life.”
Singer Molly LeCaptain let fly in “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Limber clarinet and saxophone player Kevin Van Ess launched “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
Guitarist Bob Balsley invented moves on the spot for “Foxy Lady.”
Music director Barb Hinnendael zipped through catchy melodies of Burt Bacharach on keyboards.
Kurt Risch supplied percussion support, and sound man Dan Collins quickly tweaked an initial mush to a vital sound blend.
Two Johnson-Dachelet comedy skits produced prize moments.
First, they were replacement refs, Harley Cansee and Al Mosblind, who celebrated the achievement of inspiring “Scott Walker to publicly endorse a union.” They rattled off a list of jobs either held by them or an ancestor, from security for the Penn State locker room to lookout for Custer. To cap it all, they sang the Brenda Lee tune that goes, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, please accept my apology… I’m sorry that I was such a fool.”
More laughs rolled when Johnson and Dachelet came out as blaze-orange clad hunters/political pundits. That bit ended with them playing on The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” with the rhythmic line coming out as, “We all wear Packers gold and green.”
Performing in front of a backdrop of symbols of the era, the show referenced “Hair,” Woodstock, the nightclub staple “Proud Mary,” The Four Seasons, Sha Na Na and Broadway’s “Cabaret.”
The show ended with the traditional military salute, this time in the form of the powerful “Abraham, Martin and John.”
For something that wasn’t at the beginning of the year, “Songs of the ’60s” turned out to be something that certainly was on Oct. 12, 2012.