Buttercup Lane members, from left, Dave Keyte, Diane Johnson, Mike Johnson, and Rodger Bigelow perform Tuesday, March 12 for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Music Live at One series. Submitted photo

Buttercup Lane members, from left, Dave Keyte, Diane Johnson, Mike Johnson, and Rodger Bigelow perform Tuesday, March 12 for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Music Live at One series. Submitted photo

Buttercup Lane plans musical trip for Music Live

Organizers are pushing on with Music Live at One this month after snow postponed February’s show to May.

Buttercup Lane performs at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave. The four-piece band covers music from many genres ranging from classic rock to blues to country to jazz to swing.

Members include Mike Johnson on ukulele and vocals; Diane Johnson on lead vocals and harmony; Rodger Bigelow on lead guitar; and Dave Keyte on the Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI).

Buttercup Lane plans to take the audience on a musical journey from the 1920s to the 1960s covering several musical genres.

They’ll start with the early pop standard “My Blue Heaven,” followed by the western swing song “Choo Choo Ch’boogie” from 1946. The quartet then will play folk and country songs “San Francisco Blues” and “A Good Woman’s Love” along with rock-and-roll song “C’est La Vie.” They’ll finish the 30 minute show with the numbers “Baby What You Want Me To Do,” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

About the band

Diane Johnson has sung with various groups including the Doodletown Pipers since the mid-1960s. While with the Pipers, they performed on several television variety specials, and on “The Red Skelton Show.” She was also involved in musical theater appearing in “The Music Man” and “Oliver,” and she sang in an award-winning barbershop chorus in Bellevue and several barbershop quartets in the Seattle area.

Mike Johnson currently plays in two ukulele groups — Ukuleles Unite and the Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers and shares a unique sound with his acoustic/electric baritone ukulele at shows.

Bigelow’s roots derive from Pacific Northwest garage band-style he played as a musician since the early l960s in Pierce County. Bigelow also has played lead guitar for the Buck Ellard Band and for the recently retired dance band Round Trip.

Keyte has been playing some kind of musical instrument since the age of five and switched from the saxophone to the Electronic Wind Instrument later in life. The EWI has about 50 programmed sounds to chose from, so whether Buttercup Lane needs an organ sound, a sax, and/or a trombone, he can do it all on the EWI.

About the show

Music Live at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was founded more than 30 years ago as a musical outreach to the community. The half-hour concert begins at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary followed by camaraderie and dessert in the parish hall. Tickets cost $10 with all proceeds going to local, regional and global concerns.

The next show is classical pianist Anson Ka Lik Sin on April 9 and Heidi Fivash’s concert of classical Romantic era compositions has been rescheduled for May 14 as a celebratory conclusion to the Music Live season.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the church office from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, or at the door. For more information, call 683-4862.

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