For the June 10 Free Music Friday, Rochester’s Mary Ellen and Mickey from The Foolz traveled to the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe for an acoustic performance of Rock and Blues music.
The duo shared the guitar playing duties with Mary Ellen providing a majority of the vocals. A couple both on and off of the stage, each of them brought some unique and interesting qualities to the stage that blended perfectly with their musical performance.
Mary Ellen is not one to be shy around a microphone, she belts out the tunes with the power and finesse of Janis Joplin. In fact Mary Ellen has played the famous rocker on the stage.
Mickey plays the guitar in a style very similar to that of “Slow Hand” himself Eric Clapton. He plays with the precision of a master who has studied his craft and knows it well.
The duo gave a laid back acoustic performance but the performance itself was far from laid back.
After opening the night with the Bill Withers hit “Ain’t No Sunshine”; Mary Ellen and Mickey’s show included music from the Eagles, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, KT Tunstil, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Grace Potter, and Four Non Blondes.
The night’s musical selection included “Hotel California”, “It’s Too Late”, “Before You Accuse Me”, “My Church”, “A Thing Called Love”, “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree”, “Wild Horses”, “Bit by Bit”, “Leather and Lace”, “Piece of My Heart”, “What’s Up” and the original song by Mickey “Love All Around”.
Whether as a part of the full band or as a duo, Mary Ellen and Mickey know how to command a stage and entertain a crowd.
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