Joe Peck at Germano’s

germanos-22We went up to see Joe Peck do his Sinatra and Styne show at the Cabaret at Germano’s in Baltimore last night.  Ron and I drove up with Matt Howe in tow, picked up Richard Evans in Columbia, and were fortunate to be joined by Christie Trapp at the restaurant. (Intrepid travelers minus Matt pictured below)

Having previously seen the show in the sizable Prince Theater, it was nice to see Joe do it in an intimate space.  Joe sounded great and conveyed his usual personable, genial stage presence.

The show’s concept is to present material from the intersection of the work of Jule Styne and Frank Sinatra.  It’s a VERY specific set of material and presents the problem that the performer has only so many songs that the audience is familiar and comfortable with.  So the deployment of them felt a little bit like a crossword puzzle.  But Joe did a great job of making the concept accessible, opening up selections where possible.

It’s great to see the Cabaret at Germano’s seeming to have success.  I always say that cabaret should have the feeling of singing in someone’s living room, and the space provides a very comfortable intimacy.  The food is great, and although there is a designated cabaret dinner menu, the staff has been flexibile about letting patrons order off the regular menu.  Cyd Wolf is a gracious hostess in the room.  Congrats again!  And check out their upcoming shows (click on “Calendar”).

germanos-11 (Photos courtesy of Matt Howe)

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