What an amazing and unbelievable night of music and camaraderie last Saturday at The Capitol Theatre, as we celebrated “An Evening Out” with Dennis Olsen and guests.
For the 150 people in attendance, it was a magical, musical night of beautiful acoustic guitar followed by some classic rock guitar in the second half. All of that interspersed with commentary and background, as Dennis Olsen shared his musical journey with us, live.
Also on tap was Chris Arthurs, director of the upcoming “Reefer Madness – The Musical”, being produced by Portal Players Dramatic Society. Much of the performing company was on hand to help promote the show’s February 22 opening date. Host Peter Wienold and co-host Dennis Levasseur kept the night moving right along.
Co-produced by Hello Alberni & Portal Players, and sponsored by The Graphics Factory, the minds behind the scenes were Wienold and Levasseur, who brought two different skill sets together to help make this an amazing night for everyone involved. Special thanks were sent out to Ken Wiegand, sound operator; Nathan Satterlee, lighting designer & operator and poster designer extraordinaire; Suzanne Levasseur assembled a wonderful team of volunteers at the Capitol Theatre to help with ushering, box office, concession and tend bar. Thanks for publicity assistance to the AV Times and Alberni Valley News; and special thanks to Paul Blondahl for the amazing photography seen in this and future blog posts.
While the first half featured an intimate acoustic set with Dennis Olsen solo on classical guitar, the band Storm Warning joined in for a rocking set in the second half. Gordie Rhodes, Guido Anselmo, and Denis Levasseur rallied around lead guitarist Olsen for an energy-filled group of songs, a few of which were even danceable, which resulted in some dancing action in the theatre aisles during the encore.
Hello Alberni will replay portions of this special “Evening Out” in podcast form, arriving shortly online and in iTunes, so stay tuned.