September 23, 2012

Dan Navarro House Concert in Monticello, Minnesota


Dan Navarro House Concert in Monticello, Minnesota
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for September 23, 2012


On Saturday, Miss Sheri and I were invited to go to a house concert.  I'd never been to a house concert before, but it was a lot like what I expected.  It was a concert at somebody's house.  Lucky for them, they had a really big garage.


The opening act was a guy named Tom and some other guy.  I didn't catch his name, but he said he was normally much more comfortable running the sound board than being behind the microphone.  Not sure why he said that, though, because I thought they sounded very nice.


The headliner for the evening was a nice gentleman by the name of Dan Navarro.  You may have heard of Dan as being the co-writer for the song "We Belong" which was made popular by Pat Benetar.    Dan and a couple of local musicians entertained us for several hours.


Our friend, Heidi Wojahn, seen here with her sister-in-law, Patti, and my wife, Miss Sheri, turned us on to Mr. Navarro.  She told us last summer that she was a groupie of his and the next time he was in town, we had to go see him live.  I've been searching for somebody to be a groupie for as well, so we took her up on her offer.


I'm thinking I may end up being a groupie for her husband, Mark, instead though.  We sat together for most of the performance and he's a really nice guy, so I may take to following him around town.  At least until he calls the cops on me.


The neat thing about a house concert is that it has a lot of the same characteristics as that of a pot luck dinner.


Although the jello tasted a lot better here than it does at most of the pot lucks I've ever attended.


They also had nice dogs in the audience which you hardly ever get to enjoy at a concert.  So that was nice.

Dan's longtime collaborator was a man by the name of Eric Lowen.  Sadly, Mr. Lowen passed away in March of this year.  I had never heard the two of them perform together, but hearing the way Dan spoke of him as well as how people in the audience loved their music, it sounds like I missed out on something pretty special.

Here's a couple clips of the concert that I recorded.  I hope you enjoy the music as much as we did.