Show Tunes and Impromptu Songs at Coffeehouse Saturday

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Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:45am
     The most popular songs in Mark Kelso's shows are the ones he makes up on the spot. The pianist and songwriter interviews an audience member for about a minute, then immediately performs a song written about that person. Afterwards he emails the person an mp3 copy of the song.
     Mark Kelso is bringing his act back to Common Ground Coffeehouse, which has moved from its usual Friday night to Saturday, September 2, at 7:00 p.m. Kelso will sit at the baby grand in the Harbor Church sanctuary and play some of his contemplative, New Age-style piano pieces. He left Virgin Record's New Age label, Narada, to form his own label, Muddy Angel, so he could have more freedom to pursue religious themes and music of healing. He's released five CDs on that label, including one recorded live in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Dave Brubeck and George Winston praised that one.
     Recently Mark has written a Broadway-style musical called Luci: Fall of the Bright and Morning Star, which starts from the premise that Lucifer was a female angel who was the love interest of God before she fell. The lyrics are definitely comic, but there is a theological message as well. The musical has been performed in the Berkshires area and is in development for New York.
     The star of Luci is a young actress from New York named Chelsea Lesage, who has appeared recently in several short films and videos and can be seen online in many photoshoots as a model. Chelsea will be performing songs of the character Luci in the coffeehouse show, sometimes singing with Mark.
     The performance is free and open to the public of all ages, but donations for the musicians will be welcomed.