Live Music: Kevin Utter and Doc Fergy

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I was looking forward to seeing the university’s “mighty Wurlitzer” organ played, and Kevin Utter did not disappoint. Blind from birth, Kevin’s seeing eye dog waited patiently beside the giant organ console during the entire show. Both Kevin Utter and his saxophone accompanyist Harry “Doc Fergy” Ferguson are really good at educating the audience while making you feel like you are attending a private performance for good friends. I haven’t seen anything like the Wurlitzer before. An upright piano sits at stage right and plays from time to time as one of the organ’s effects. There are the usual pipes, and you can clearly hear a drum kit and triangles behind the walls, also played from the organ. Kevin accompanied the silent Laurel & Hardy pie fight movie with help from an assistant who gives him cues about the action onscreen. All of this together made for a very unique, fun show.

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