What Makes a Good Tinner Hill Blues Performer. . . Among them Michael Roach

I love music. . .and I love history. . . and black culture. . . and don't tell my husband -  but I don't mind good looking men. . . as my Grandmother used to put it "he ain't hard on the eyes!"  And while we're on the subject of men, as a young girl, my Mom gave me a few litmus tests for selecting appropriate males to spend time with.  They included things like: "Within the first 45 minutes of conversation he should share some kind of interesting information you don't already know/give you the name of a book/artist/writer you've never read, or otherwise challenge your mind.  If not - you're wasting your time, in a short time he'll be like a twice read book!"  With that being said, Michael Roach is all of that plus a bag of chips!  This is not a come on to Michael, we're both happily married!  At a recent Prelude to the Blues concert we featured Michael Roach.  Michael, D.C. born and bred, flew in from his home in the U.K. for a limited U. S. engagement.  He graced the stage at ArtSpace Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA. for 3 hours (not nearly enough).  He had all the qualities I look for when searching for "edutainment" for performances or putting together events for Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation.  Michael has stage presence, interacts with the audience, plays for the people (not other musicians), teaches about blues history and heritage (hence the term edutainment).  He is witty enough to take the sting out of some of the painful history that is part of the blues legacy.  He is a gifted musician, gracious and approachable. . . he held the audience in the palm of his hand.  We laughed, we jotted down the name of a song, a book, a name to look up later.  We thought "Wow, I didn't know that!"  We fell silent, we listened, we were happy, we were moved, we reflected, we tapped our feet, we clapped, we sang along, we nodded our heads, we ate together, and we felt comrady among our fellow music lovers. . . It was everything we strive for at Tinner Hill!  A community, a community togther without any pretenses.  No barriers. . . just people, equals all. . . and equally respected. 

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