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The Wave - Young blues talent showcased at Cabaret

The point of the Holmes Theatre's Cabaret nights is to showcase local talent. Thursday's will include some young local talent.

John "Mr. Jack" Hutchinson and Bill "Jazz Sticks" Mohn are performing and bringing along a few friends.

Carrie Sorensen, 13, Andy Schupp, 13, McKay Galbrecht, 16, and Gustavo Orsano, 22, are sharing the stage with the local blues men.

Sorensen, an eighth grader at Detroit Lakes School, will also be performing about half a dozen songs of her own.

"She's got some great lyrics that people of all ages can relate to," Hutchinson said of his guitar student. "She says she gets her inspiration from observing people around her, which makes sense why all ages can relate to a lot of her material."

Orsano, a law student from Brazil, South America, is staying with the Richards family at Maplelag Resort. Hutchinson's wife, Marci, works at Maplelag part-time and mentioned to her husband that Orsano had an interest in blues. Hutchinson said he had to meet Orsano and share in their interest.

"This is a brand new experience, especially with a Brazilian here in the U.S.," Orsano said of the upcoming performance.

He said he's always had a taste for guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, and now his new friend, Hutch.

"He special ordered a guitar while here in the States, which he will be playing that night," Hutchinson said of Orsano. "He is a novice player, but he'll do great with the songs I've chosen for him."

Thursday's performance will be Galbrecht's first, one he said he's looking forward to and not too nervous about at this point.

Hutchinson said he was a bit skeptical when Galbrecht's mom called to say her son was interested in the blues and wanted some lessons.

"I thought 'Yeah right, what does a sophomore kid know about blues?' Well I was wrong," Hutchinson admitted.

Galbrecht, a sophomore at Frazee School, was listening to Mississippi Delta blues man Robert Johnson and BB King.

"Needless to say, we hit it off right away," Hutchinson said. "He has interest in a lot of styles of music and can play very well for a guy just starting out exploring the blues."

Schupp, also an eighth grader in Detroit Lakes, is what Hutchinson said he considers a natural "all around" kind of musician.

"He's got the music in him, so to speak," he said. "He picks up things very fast and primarily by ear. He is a drummer as well as a guitar player, and I would say one of the best guitar players in his age bracket I know personally."

Although Orsano has had some musical experience in Brazil, two of the three younger students said they got their interest from older brothers.

"My brother plays guitar and got me into it," Sorensen said.

Schupp agreed.

"My brother had a guitar and taught me one song I played for four years and then I took lessons from Hutch," he said.

Galbrecht said he "got a guitar for Christmas and went from there."

Orsano started exploring his passion for music a bit younger.

"I was 7 years old and listened to Led Zeppelin and thought I had to have a guitar," he said.

Hutchinson said his reasons for choosing the students he did to take part in the cabaret night were fairly simple. Of his 14 students, Galbrecht "showed an interest in blues so I wanted to give him a shot. The whole point (of the Cabaret night) is to show talent.

"Carrie, in my opinion, writes fabulous songs. I wanted to get her more stage experience."

Schupp, he said, is simply a good all around musician, and with Orsano, he thought it would be a "great experience to play on a U.S. stage."

The four didn't seem to be too nervous about performance night. Sorensen, who has performed previously, said she's not as nervous as her first show where she was shaking from nerves. Hutchinson reassured her that no one noticed, though.

Schupp said his nerves were fine at this point because, unlike Sorensen, "it's not bad because I'm not singing."

Hutchinson said that while most of the youth had played in talent shows at school, playing at the theater will be different.

"It's a whole different thing to play in front of 'old' people," he said.

"If I don't screw up, it'll be fun," Sorensen agreed.

The group will perform Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre. Admission is $5. The Holiday Inn will be serving refreshments and appetizers.