The opening show of the Pratt Community Concert Series was, more or less, a sideshow to the dramatic weather underway Tuesday night, which had been building up in the area since mid-afternoon. And that's too bad, because the Easts (Jonathon and Brooke) put on an excellent show, which shared the story of their individual lives […]

The opening show of the Pratt Community Concert Series was, more or less, a sideshow to the dramatic weather underway Tuesday night, which had been building up in the area since mid-afternoon.
And that's too bad, because the Easts (Jonathon and Brooke) put on an excellent show, which shared the story of their individual lives and how the two merged together in Dollywood, becoming one.
The Easts narrated this tale, illustrating it with songs, both familiar and unfamiliar. Jonathon played guitar and harmonica, while Brooke strummed the ukulele, played a drum, and shook something like a castanet.
Incidentally, the accomplished duo has performed throughout the United States and in at least six countries. Their songs and performance resonated with the rhythms of their travels and adventures together. The show, and songs, also underscored the deep love the two have for each other, after nine years of marriage.
The couple wove together an intriguing story, using many different threads to create a beautiful tapestry that was enjoyed by those brave enough to venture out on an unruly September Kansas evening.
A few, like us, arrived late for the concert, due to the weather.
When we were about to leave home, the weather radio warned of severe storms, which were supposed to end about 15 minutes into the show (Round 1, at least). So we waited.
After the concert, many audience members hunkered down inside the community college foyer, waiting for a break in the action, which included walnut to golf-ball sized hail and torrential rainfall.
For us, it was only appropriate that the weather radio bleeped out yet another warning of more severe weather as we arrived home.
It was a coming full circle, just like the show, which began and ended with Brooke relating how love is a universal theme and how the couple hope that everyone finds it during their lives.
From Pratt community to the Easts, we hope that you will find open roads tomorrow and thus can safely navigate to your next gig.