This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing a rare east coast appearance by the one and only Deven Green. Making the trek from the Big Apple to the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, CT, for the second year in a row (See my story on last year’s show here.), once again Deven didn’t disappoint. In fact, she got a standing ovation…..but I’m getting ahead of myself.
So you’ve obviously had a singalong to the tunes of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy right? No? Well that’s just one reason why you need to see this amazing performer. In front of an even bigger crowd at the Mark Twain House & Museum than last year, Deven dazzled the crowd with her rendition of “Crimson and Clover”, after which she had to point out, rather descriptively, how the song is actually quite dirty. Ukulele royalty, Dr. Uke returned again this year to perform a duet of the Elvis classic, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with Deven.
Now not to brag here….no wait, this is totally bragging. I was lucky enough to be called on stage where Deven sang little old me a song, a gorgeous rendition of the Alicia Keys song,”Girl On Fire”. For the record, a little Penicillin cleared up that fire I was having. To say this was a thrill for me would be an understatement.
The show rolled on including a THIRTEEN song medley of some of the biggest hits of the 1980’s, a decade that Ms. Green has a particular fondness for and a toe-tapping all out sing all to the classic “Build Me Up Buttercup”. Deven then showed off her vocal chops a bit with a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and a gorgeous version of “La Vie en Rose ” in French course, that brought a tear to the eye of many in the audience. Of course, just so we didn’t think she was getting soft on us, we were treated a song called “Jack You Off” which was precisely what you think it is and version of the “Rubber Ducky Song” that Deven managed to make sound incredibly dirty without changing a single word. She is a woman of many talents clearly.
I’m not going to give away her entire show but suffice it to say the audience went home very happy, as witnessed by the aforementioned standing ovation, but not before Deven, personally, and in most cases dirtily, signed windshield sun shades from the Mark Twain House gift shop for all the audience members and posed for several photos that invariably ended up as Facebook profile pictures (including my own!).
In closing the show was in many ways a microcosm of Deven herself…..funny, beautiful, unexpected, a bit racy and just all around wonderful. If you ever get the chance to see Deven perform, do yourself a favor and make it happen. You won’t regret it.
(Featured image by Reed Davis)
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