By Randi Somers
For over 30 years JoAnn and Monte entertained with their original music, wit and wisdom but they quit performing for three years and recently assumed important “day jobs” in Homer. Now they are back on stage at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse and Tavern at 120 Bunnell on alternate Thursday evenings.
They entertained a full house June 28 and take the stage again July 12 and 26.
“We enjoy our day jobs,” Monte said (he is the Chamber of Commerce Director and JoAnn is Tour Specialist for Alaska Ferry Adventures and Tours). “But music is still our passion.”
They have recorded 11 albums of their music.
The crowd was obviously having as much fun as they were, singing along with some of their familiar songs and joining in enthusiastically at Davis’ encouragement to wrap up the show with a singalong on “A Simple Song.”
Upbeat and up tempo, they played many old favorites and several requests including “Song of Alaska” and “Where We Live,” accompanying themselves on matching guitars with JoJo sometimes switching to a bass guitar. Starting tomorrow night, there is a $5 cover charge at AJ’s for their performance.
They originally met in Fairbanks when JoAnn was singing solo and Monte was playing drums with the Green River Ordinance band. Born into a large musical family, he started performing in a family band at a very young age.
Long-time fans were happy to learn that they will be performing at KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn at 3:20 p.m. July 28.
JoAnn and Monte have made their living from original music for over 30 years.
Their songs are original, contemporary acoustic music for the soul. Songs about life, its trials and tribulations and the fun and funny things that happen along the way.
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