As much as the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, was known for belting out her songs with characteristic gusto, the equally divine Miss S, Sandi D, would give her a run for her money. Her incredibly strong voice was on full display tonight at The Spotlight Club.
Backed by the equally talented Don on guitar and Rhonda on keyboard their show was not to be missed. With an equal blend of raw talent, comedy, and professionalism, the performance was a treat for their many fans here in Lakeside. Sandi’s rendition of The Rose would make men fall in love with her. She gave the writer the chills on that one and many others.
The equally strong-voiced and talented piano player, Rhonda, did a great job on Under The Boardwalk. Don impressed the crowd with his many seasoned guitar licks, playing one solo using his trusty Bic lighter.
Most unfortunately, Sandi is returning soon to Kelowna, BC, where she, among many other endeavors, is a music teacher and limousine driver. Having spent many great years in the Okanagan we shared many stories. She promised to come back next season. This was her first time here in Lakeside and she said she loved it. Watch for her return to The Spotlight Club and don’t miss it!
Then it was off to the Jaripeo Rodeo in the Lienza Charro. Came as a bit of a surprise that the published price of fifty pesos turned out to be a hundred and twenty pesos. A little rich for here in Ajijic. That didn’t discourage anyone though because the place was packed. Vendors were selling every imaginable treat, from ice cream with strawberries to fruit cups and more traditional Mexican fare. The live band was incredible and kept things hopping. The rodeo? Well, not the most exciting one the writer had been to. The first bull-riding seen was a guy who totally ignored the eight-second rule by staying on the bucking bull for at least a minute. That was followed by less than caring bulls who ignored all the cowboys waving their blankets trying to get their attention. A couple of them appeared to be a little well trained and just kept looking at the escape gate. On the very rare occasion when the bull did charge at a horse and cowboy the crowd roared their approval.
An interesting note is that the writer asked a very cute girl, who was sitting with a group of her equally cute friends, all drinking tequila and Sprite if they did The Wave in Mexico. She replied that they did, and did it yesterday, but today the crowd was “too drunk” to do it. Love that!
Last night’s performance by the very popular Ol Country Boys at The Spotlight Club was yet another victim of the current gas shortages. They normally play to a packed house but last night the crowd was very light, down more than half. At least there was lots of room on the dance floor. Despite the smaller crowd the band still got everybody up dancing as usual and played like it was to a full house. As a former musician myself I know hard it is to play to a small crowd. It takes very professional musicians who just enjoy playing and ignoring the smaller crowd. The boys (and Martha) did their usual great job.