Why is purchasing a season ticket for the Pratt Community Concert Association annual series such a good deal? Here's one more reason: as good our local concert offerings are, you're not limited to these shows. If you have time, you may also attend, at no extra cost, a concert in any of the three communities, […]

Why is purchasing a season ticket for the Pratt Community Concert Association annual series such a good deal?
Here's one more reason: as good our local concert offerings are, you're not limited to these shows. If you have time, you may also attend, at no extra cost, a concert in any of the three communities, including Liberal, Dodge City, and Johnson City, which have a reciprocal agreement with PCCA.
That's what my wife and I did Monday night when we traveled to Liberal for the community concert 'Tapestry: the Carole King Songbook.'
The evening provided a step back into the 1960s and 1970s, with all of the songs from King's classic album, 'Tapestry,' as its centerpiece.
The nice thing about community concerts is that typically you don't just go to hear the music, but you also learn about the artist and/or the music being presented. That's what Suzanne O' Davis, who played the piano and sang in the style of Carole King, did in this tribute show she helped to create. O' Davis wove a beautiful tapestry of King's diverse songs, sharing the backstory and how King penned all of the music, while her then husband Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics. King finally came into her own with the encouragement of James Taylor, and the result was her 1971 album, 'Tapestry,' which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Talking about James Taylor, O' Davis said that Taylor only had one number one hit, 'You've Got a Friend,' and, yes, it was written by Carole King.
Over the course of the evening, Suzanne O' Davis and her band, including Cody Alan on tenor sax, flute and vocals and Peter Mueller on electric guitar and vocals, delivered. The trio performed all 24 songs listed in the program, although few were lumped together in a medley. Almost every song the group played was familiar. Carole's diverse repertoire of songs, many of which were written with Goff, ranged from 'I Feel the Earth Move' and 'Jazzman' to 'Smackwater Jack' and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday.' Most of the songs in the show were a hit in their day and had ample radio play, and many still do.
Community concerts, like Monday night's show in Liberal or the next one in Pratt, bring high-quality entertainment to small and medium-sized towns out here on the High Plains. We are fortunate to have such a long-running cultural tradition within our community.
If you have never been to a concert, there's no better time to start attending than right now. The next concert in the series will feature The Jersey Tenors in the Pratt Community College auditorium on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.