Sunday, March 24, 2013

Linda Peterson Holds Court At Backstreet For Saturday Brunch

Linda Peterson
Jeannie Monroe & Linda Peterson


Mara Papalas

Wilbur Jensen

Jack Pina & Joe Canoura

Freddie Miller
Carol Hampton & Linda Peterson

Jason Delaire & Linda Peterson
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I had a chance to see and hear Linda Peterson perform.  I was not disappointed. Linda has a wonderfully pure and strong voice,  plays great piano and has a personality that makes it impossible not to love her.  There is no doubt that Linda Peterson is one of the most loved performers in the Desert, and it's easy to understand why. Linda has a voice you could listen to all day. Her great personality and generosity of spirit are constantly evident as she works with all the performers who want to sit in with her. It was very evident she has legions of followers who show up every time she performs.

Linda has been performing at The Backstreet Bistro for years on Saturday for brunch.  She starts at 12:30 p.m. so we decided to get over to Backstreet early to make sure we could get a table.  We arrived at 11:45 and we were lucky to get the last table on the patio where she performs.  It seemed that everyone in the sold-out group knew Linda personally. After one experience with Linda, I can now say that I am a fan also.

Linda's format on Saturday is "Open Mike" and she makes sure all the talented friends who show up get a chance to perform.  Today was no exception, and a number of talented friends who came to brunch also performed.  First up was "Bride to Be" Jeanie Monroe a crowd favorite.  Good luck on your upcoming marriage, Jeanie!  Joe Canoura  was wonderful as usual playing his Tenor and Flute for all of the singers.  Valley favorite, Jack Pina played bongos for everyone.  I think Joe and Jack usually show up most weeks to support Linda.  Wilbur Jensen played outstanding Fluglehorn and Trumpet behind most of the performers and Freddie Miller, Corey and Mara Papalas delighted the crowd by each singing several great songs from the Great American Songbook.

Finally, everyone's favorite, Carol Hampton who has supported Linda for years sang two great classics.  She did an outstanding job on "I'll Be Around" then did a duet with Linda on "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" which was fabulous.

The audience had a real treat late in the afternoon when Linda's son Jason Delaire showed up to sing and play his alto sax with Linda.  Jason is multi-talented,  plays sax and piano and has a strong and unique voice.  I learned that Jason has his own gig at the La Quinta Resort, and I am making plans to go to see him and do a review. 

You can hear Linda sing and play at several different venues around town and I recommend you do.  She performs on Sunday, Tues, Wed and Thursday at Davey's Hideaway in Palm Springs from 5:30 to 9:30.  She performs at Cafe Des Beaux Arts Restaurant on El Paseo on Friday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 and of course she is a regular at Backstreet on Saturday Brunch from 12:30 to 3:30.

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