Showcasing the music

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer March 02, 2011 04:00 am

Homemade Jam – Chris Vorster and Willow Owings
Nearly every seat was filled with people who came to the Harbor Performing Arts Center to hear musicians perform Saturday night.

The three-hour concert was a fundraiser for Stagelights Musical Arts Community. Approximately 73 people attended the event, raising $384 to help provide musical education in Brookings, according to Chele Later, Stagelights board member and treasurer.

A variety of rock and roll and a few other genres was performed by bands, duets and solo acts.

Opening the concert was Felicia Wingate, 9, who sang “The Climb” accompanied by Billie Ruth Furuichi on guitar. Her performance was followed by Spectrum Sound, which features her parents, Esque and Valerie Wingate. The band also includes John Marshall, Rick Weaver and Scott Graves.

The evening of peformers progressed with Willow Owings performing with her father, Chris Vorster. Vorster continued to play into the next act, accompanying Virgil Stortroen.

The concert continued with performances by SnapShot –  Michael George, Woody Cross, Gordon and Chele Later – performing classic rock; David Stephenson, alternative rock; Matt Harrison, soft rock; Stephanie La Torre, 1960s female country; and Tony La Torre, Elvis Presley.

“All the musicians are those who are very active in the local music scene,” said Gordon Later, Stagelights board member.

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