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Vince Mira stuns with original songs

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Sun Records Revival
with Vince Mira
Tuesdays at 8 PM
Can Can Club


Each Tuesday night at Seattle's Can Can Club, 17-year-old Vince Mira transports the audience to a different time. A time when the Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records company recorded legendary musicians, a time when Bob Dylan turned his urban poetry into music, and a time when Johnny Cash was the hottest ticket in town. Dressed in black from head to toe, he delivers a foot-tapping, guitar-strumming good time. There's no mistake about it - the boy's got talent.

You've heard about Vince already. You know, "that kid who sounds like Johnny Cash." He began singing his songs on the street corner at the Pike Place Market when an entertainment producer discovered him in 2007. Now, thanks to media buzz and sheer talent, Vince is a household name. His first album, Cash Cabin Sessions, was produced by Cash's son and recorded at the Nashville, Tennessee cabin that Johnny built. He then went on to perform on Good Morning America and Ellen. Locally, he's done shows at various festivals, Triple Door, and the Can Can, to name a few.

While it's true he sounds exactly like Cash, Vince is an entertainer in his own right. When I saw his show July 7, by the second song it became apparent he is not an impersonator. He simply walked onto the stage, plugged his acoustic guitar in, and began to sing "Don't Think Twice, Its Alright." Watching Vince is reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley, smiling shyly and soft-spoken. But when he sings he exudes confidence. Vince performed for roughly one hour in the intimate Can Can setting, with most of the material consisting of original songs by the young entertainer.

During the show, Vince covered a few Bob Dylan songs and a Muddy Waters tune, as well. But it was the Vince Mira originals that stood out. He delivered a solid performance, both vocally and musically, on "I Was The Train." Another song, "Cold Hearted Woman," was well-received by the audience. He's also working on new material for a forthcoming album and sang "You've Got Me Waiting Like A Child, Like A Fool" for the first time onstage. Watching Vince perform is watching someone do what they absolutely love; he feels the music and, in a way, projects that onto the audience.

Watching Vince at the Can Can seems right. The venue lends itself to the boy's mystique. The d├ęcor of the Pike Place Market cabaret dinner lounge and bar is authentic in its presentation. The food menu is Italian and French-influenced, and I found it to be modestly priced. My friend and I sipped white wine and sampled the cheese plate for a light snack. Although you are allowed to see the show without buying dinner, I'd recommend the show and a meal, as it's not too often you find a place that offers both. The Can Can is a great spot to take a date or your partner.

The Sun Records Revival with Vince Mira show is free.

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