|Sal Frisaura, Larry Holloway and Yarek Yurant|
|Carole Hampton, Sal Frisaura, Larry Holloway and Yarek Yurant|
|Jeanie Stanhope, Larry Holloway and Yarek Urant|
On Wednesday, April 4, I had my first chance to hear Mike Costley sing since last winter. Mike performs at 360 North Restaurant on Wednesdays and Thursdays to a packed house and with good reason. Mike is pure and simple a great singer. In addition, he is also a great performer. When you go to hear Mike you get so much more than just a singer of songs. Mike has his own unique approach to each song he sings, and he never opts for singing safely. When he sings he "takes no prisoners" and pushes his performance to the highest level possible. Tonight, I was particularly impressed with his vocal range which was far greater than I remembered. Mike sings a variety of music from lush ballads like "The Very Thought of You" and "The Nearness of You" to a blinding fast version of "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing". His voice can be smooth as silk singing "You Are So Beautiful" to down-and-dirty singing the blues.
As a performer, Mike is a perfectionist. He always carefully picks the finest musicians to support his singing and tonight was no exception. Mike had three seasoned, highly-talented players with him, Sal Frisaura on drums, Larry Holloway on bass and the always wonderful Yarek Yurant on keyboard. I thought Yarek's performance with Mike tonight was exceptional.
As usual, there were several singers in the audience Mike called up to sing: Carole Hampton, Jeanie Stanhope and the talented Beverly Jensen.
If you have not been over to hear Mike this season, make plans quickly. You don't get to hear singers with Mike's talent everyday, and be sure to call 360 North for reservations as this show fills up quickly. Reservations call 760-327-1773