10/26/11 Local entertainer Quentin Flagg has returned from his annual Halloween Tour through the Midwest. He ended the tour with a local concert which was held Sunday afternoon October 23 at the LaPaz Community Building. Joining him on the tour was friend and fellow Blues Brother, Bill Downey also of Plymouth.
Flagg headlined the tour with his high energy musical style singing hits from the 50’s through the 90’s. He began his career as an Elvis Tribute Artist and is now touring the country sharing his personal vocal styling’s of his favorite artists including Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Dean Martin, John Mellancamp, and many more.
When Downey joins Flagg on stage they take on the persona of Jake and Elwood Blues – The Blues Brothers. They sing all the hits that John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made famous on Saturday Night Live and in the Blues Brothers movie. They are in-sync on their movements, timing and even through in the harmonica playing and a few cartwheels. The crowd is totally involved in their music and dancing.
During intermission audience members were encouraged to take part in a costume judging contest and won prizes for answering trivia questions about Quentin and his career.
In the ages 1-12 category first place went to William Downey (age 5) dressed as a dinosaur and second place went to Kendra Biggs (age 3) dressed as a witch. Winners in the 13 – adult category were mother and son duo Lyn and Phillip Langbehn of Merrillville dressed as mustard and catsup. Marilyn Yotter of Warsaw received second place for her angel costume while third place went to Steve Bobbett of Peoria, Il. dressed as a Blues Brother.
All proceeds from the snack bar at the Halloween show plus tips went to Flagg’s fan and friend, Kathy Ambrose for the purchase of hay and feed for her horses. Ambrose runs the snack bar at Flagg’s local shows and to “give back” to her for all her hard work Flagg asked that fans frequent the snack bar and donate to the tip jar. Ambrose has four rescued horses that she has given a home and several more that people have been unable to care for. She takes the horses to her farm and gives them a safe home but it is costly to feed the horses. For more information about donating to Ambrose call Flagg’s number which can be found on his website.
Flagg will be appearing locally in November at Club Omega and Christos Banquet Center. His Christmas show with fellow entertainer Matt King from Michigan will be at LaPaz in December. To check prices and dates go to www.quentinflagg.com
Photo Caption: Appearing at the LaPaz Community Building were Blues Brothers Quentin Flagg and Bill Downey both of Plymouth. Their “Bluesettes” are (back row – left to right) Sara Kauffman, Melissa Mueller, Kathy Ambrose, Becky Papai, Maggie Flagg, Cindy Flagg and Patty McKee.