Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Grandstand Review: Darcy Lynn Closes the Fair; ok doki brothers stand out

Where are you going, Darcy Lynn? What would be the best career move once you have carved a niche in the entertainment world as unique as them?

In case you haven’t heard of Darcy Lynn, she was a 12-year-old girl from Oklahoma who emerged as the 2017 champion on the “America’s Got Talent” TV show. (With Simon Cowell and company, not to be confused with “American Idol”, which people do.) She garnered 52 million viewers/voters as a ventriloquist comedian and singer voice for her age, Particularly impressive since she sings with her mouth shut, bringing her puppet mates into the limelight.

Two years later, she returned for a contest of former champions, and finished as runner-up, although she outclassed herself in versatility by both channeling Tina Turner and singing an operatic aria. So what does Ms. Darcy Lynn Farmer do for Encore?

She hits the road with a multi-city tour that kicks off the Minnesota State Fair grandstand schedule on Monday afternoon until evening. The most family-friendly offering of the year at the former racetrack on Dan Patch Avenue, it proved to be a combination of revisiting the glory of the past and trying a new direction as a pop singer and songwriter.

Her 90-minute performance gained momentum when the young Ms. Farmer piped her R&B pipe through a big mouse named Oscar and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry” Bout a Cheese. But the comedy portion of his performance lacked imagination and rhythm, which rarely rose from 2,664 in attendance, seemingly for laughs.

But it’s hard not to root for her, as she has a great vocal range and tremendous versatility in jumping into her style. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better closed-mouth singer. And there’s a lot of fun in her acting, as diva rabbit Petunia (who has an ego the size of Miss Piggy’s of the Muppets and a personality not too different from that of hers) is engaged in a duet with Lynn and the mouth of her ventriloquist partner. covered to take. Highest notes for yourself. Or when cowgirl Katie made her way through a traditional country number. (Okay, you try yodeling with your mouth closed.)

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Indeed, this was one case where the warmup act proved more amusing than the headliner, with one of the most popular groups in children’s music, the OK Doki Brothers, taking things further with a far more inventive set. The Minneapolis-based band garnered nearly annual Grammy nominations for their song-filled albums that celebrate the great outdoors, each inspired by some great adventures by the singing and songwriting duo of Justin Lansing and Joe Melander. Whether that’s canoeing the Mississippi, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or taking on the Continental Divide on horseback.

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The band’s sound is rooted in bluegrass, and even has a clogger for a percussionist in athletic Andy Lambert. What stands out on Monday in his songs for children is that he has a lot of heart, and a very clearly caring side, never expressed more tenderly than in “Hope Machine”. Gone, a song that the group released early in the pandemic. Sweet but never-fascinating pep talk for kids stuck in the middle of something challenging, offer suggestions like “talk quietly and listen aloud” and “open windows, open blinds, open hearts, open minds.” And his open-heartedness seems like a good description of his style.

Grandstand Review: Darcy Lynn Closes the Fair; ok doki brothers stand out
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