Many thanks must be given to Nick Fichter and Lauren Marie Smith — both musical products of, and returning to, the Tri-Cities — for their wonderful concert at the annual “Evening of the Angels” benefit concert for The Chaplaincy.
Perhaps 500 people attended the event, which was blessed with perfect weather to enjoy outdoors in the “bowl” of the Richland Red Lion.
The same thanks cannot be extended to those responsible for booking John Dam Plaza across the street with a very loud rock concert at the same time. The music from John Dam, driven by a much larger array of amps and speakers, frequently drowned out Mr. Fichter’s and Ms. Smith’s voices to the point that the audience couldn’t tell when their soft songs had ended and it was time to applaud.
This once again points out the need for a Performing Arts Center which could include a grass plaza for outdoor events such as “Evening of the Angels,” where the “neighbors” aren’t in mortal combat.
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Kudos again to Fichter and Smith (and pianist Libby Watrous) for working to make “the show go on” even through the deep rumble of the amps and speakers less than 100 yards away.