I wish every one of my birthdays could be like the one I attended Wednesday night. Eight talented entertainers came together, along with 270+ sisters (and a few brothers), to celebrate Lisa Koch’s 54th birthday. If that sounds like your idea of the perfect birthday celebration, The Triple Door was the place to be in Seattle Wednesday night.
It was one of the best shows that I have seen in a very long time. If there were any more talent on the stage it would have collapsed. The show was non-stop and at one point I looked over at my brother and he was wiping tears from his eyes from laughing so hard.
Lisa Koch was warm, engaging and the laughs were never in short supply. Her ode to gravity “I just Don’t Look Good Naked, Anymore” struck a chord with all of us who are facing the southbound creeping of our favorite body parts. With her equally talented singer, percussionist brother David Koch, the duo mined the “Lisa & David” set list from the 70’s.
For me, the funniest moment of the night was when Roxanna Ward mixed piano virtuosity with all the raunch the 12-year-old boy trapped in my brain could hope for in an entertainer. Her beautiful rendition of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” came with the surprise addition of lyrics rewritten as “The First Time Ever I Sat on Your Face.” Roxanna delivered the song with such passion and conviction, the “muffled” words and the inevitable breathing challenges seemed to come from the heart. It didn’t end there, she kept it up and there was only a moment to catch my breath before Vicki Shaw took the stage
Vicki Shaw refreshingly reminded the audience that political correctness can be unnecessary. Her observations ranged from the expiration date on parental patients, to the necessary and beneficial function of alcohol in our lives.
Chris Willamson, under a dreamy blanket of stars, mesmerized the audience with a smoky version of George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Roxanna Ward provided piano accompaniment.
But the highlight of the celebration was the finale. With a stage crowded with abundant talent, the group began weaving compositions by The Beatles and Joni Mitchell. The shows closer, Loggins & Messina’s “Celebrate Me Home” was beautiful, ethereal and pulled the audience into song.
If this ticket is in town next year make your reservation now.