Nadine “Dee” Foster and her Lucky Bucket band, a fresh new force in the local live music circuit, will perform at the Claire Teague Senior Center on Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.
Foster took the leap toward live music performance as a 65th birthday present to herself, diving into singing practice with a musician friend and mentor, Mark Tuomenoksa. Later on, she connected with vocalist Wanda Houston for vocal instruction.
In recent years, Foster had lost her connection to music with family demands and other challenges, but that changed abruptly about six months ago with her band’s first successful concert at The Brick House Pub.
The band has been invited back to The Brick House for a Feb. 29 date; meanwhile, Dee turns up periodically at The Barn to for Open Mic Nites. The March 10 event includes three members of her larger, nine-member band.
Polly Mann Salenovich, director of the Claire Teague Senior Center, booked Lucky Bucket for a 6 p.m. show to draw students from Foster’s uber-popular fitness classes at the senior center. The event is also aimed at anyone and everyone who might prefer a show time earlier than at other local venues where live music tends to start later.
“I knew that when I turned 65 I wanted to be singing with a band — a year earlier, I’d been at The Barn, and Dave Dempsey was playing, and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ And it’s one of the best things I ever did,” said Foster.
She said she’s gained joy and self-confidence in putting herself in the spotlight with other music lovers.
Inspiration for her new venture has come from Wanda Houston, and her musical friend Mark who Foster described as “musically infectious.” The Barn and her band partners — not to mention Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others whose songs she sings, add to the energy she’s found in music.
A suggested donation of $5 is requested for the March 10 event, and all are welcome to the event, at 915 S. Main St.