Emcee Dawn Marie (left) joins the Hometown Band at the Dec. 18 show. Band members are (second from left) Roger Kehler, Mark Hibbert, Jeremy Randall, Larry Greenleaf, Buck Hammock and Dave McCabe.
Do Santa's elves wear cowboy boots? Probably, if they're attending this month's Hometown Hootenanny, billed as An Old-Fashioned Country Christmas, set for December 18 at the Historic Everett Theatre.
The holiday-themed music show features the talents of the Hometown Band, a six-piece country band made up of professional local musicians. Band members Mark Hibbert, Jeremy Randall, Buck Hammock, Roger Kehler, Larry Greenleaf and Dave McCabe earned rave reviews after their first Hootenanny performance in November, and audience members will be treated to more great country music, both traditional and modern, in December.
Reggie Miles, an eclectic and entertaining solo musician who is the guest artist of the month, has some seasonal treats in store as well. His unique style is hard to categorize, as Miles himself noted in an interview with Meg O'Brien of the Washington Blues Society.
"I'm no bluegrass player," said Miles, "but some fans of that music find my acoustic blues, humorous songs, storytelling, homemade guitar, musical saw and washboard playing very entertaining, and have been supporters of me and my musical pursuits for many years."
"He blew us away at auditions for the Hootenanny," explained Scott Randall, president of the Red Curtain Foundation
, which produces the monthly show, "but he didn't really fit into any of the themes we had identified for the monthly productions. When we found out he had several original Christmas songs in his repertoire, it seemed like an ideal match for his captivating storytelling style."
Also appearing on the December show are up-and-coming musical stars Cat Henderson and Rebekah Ann Curtis.
Henderson wrote the winning lyrics in the UW's 2008 Song of Washington contest, a ditty called "Rise Up With Pride for Washington," and has performed for several years as a member of Quarter Past 8, a 4-piece band with a folk rock style.
Curtis is a Seattle area vocalist whose debut CD, "Stay Close," features original compositions and her clear "voice next door."
Like the first Hometown Hootenanny production, the family-friendly Christmas show promises some entertaining surprises with appearances by other local favorites during the evening.
Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com
, or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets to the show are also available at the Historic Everett Theatre
's box office, 2911 Colby Avenue, during regular hours. Phone (425) 258-6766 for information.