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Christine Lavin to sing on Whidbey

" The concertThe local weekly Web music show, TestingTesting, presents Christine Lavin at the South Whidbey High School Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p m. The TestingTesting House Band will open the show. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, on sale at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts ticket office (221-8268). TestingTesting will also be broadcasting this show live via the Internet at TestingTesting's site. Christine Lavin sings songs that are funny and wise. She has a hard-core group of fans, and the New York Daily News has described her as putting “delightful melodies behind wry, witty and perceptive observations about life,” while Performance Magazine wrote, Her lyrics combine the wit of poet Odgen Nash, the crazy view point of the Roches, the sensitivity of Judy Collins and the voice of Joni Mitchell.Now islanders will get a chance to hear Lavin in person, at a concert on Tuesday at South Whidbey High School presented by TestingTesting, the show that is broadcast live on the Internet every week from Gordy Coale's living room in Langley.TestingTesting has become a Monday night fixture for music and Internet fans alike. Shows are. Beginning at 7 p.m., the TestingTesting features Derek Parrott, Joanne Rouse, and Steve Showell as the House Band, and each week a special guest musician headlines the show.“The TestingTesting crew has wanted to move the living room atmosphere of the show to a larger venue for special events,” Coale said. Earlier this year, they produced a show at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts featuring The Gods of Mongrel Folk (available for listening in the TestingTesting archives). The positive feedback and success of that event encouraged TestingTesting to be on the lookout for something special to continue the show’s expansion.Zoe Gillman, the show's videographer and a longtime fan of Christine Lavin, heard she would be in the Northwest on her current United States and Canada tour. She contacted Lavin's agent to see if she might make it over to Whidbey Island to be on TestingTesting. “Her agent liked what he saw at the TestingTesting Web site, and Lavin had an open spot in her schedule,” Coale said. “Her agent recognized that Lavin and TestingTesting would be a dynamic combination. Interaction with the audience is a strong part of Lavin's shows. She uses a wireless setup enabling her, as she says, to turn any size concert hall into a living room. She can get up close and personal with the entire audience, even those in the back row. “This fits right in with the TestingTesting living room feel,” Coale said. “TestingTesting has always invited audience participation from its Internet audience and is looking forward to seeing how Lavin will incorporate this into her show. Lavin herself emailed Gillman, I am looking forward to doing this. Last time I was tested I typed 88 wpm. Do you want me to actually do the typing for the Q&A part of this online concert? I certainly could. The TestingTesting crew is local to the island: It consists of Gillman; Gordon Coale of ElectricEdge Web Solutions, who produces and maintains the Web site as well as acting as the online MC; Robbie Cribbs of Sound Trap Studio, responsible for sound production; and Robby Coale, the show's digital photographer."

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