The new blues musical Just This One, featuring two dozen songs by local hero Paul deLay, takes the stage for three performances at Michelle’s Piano Company this January 27-28. Featuring a cast filled by a Muddy Award-winning group, including LaRhonda Steele, Lisa Mann, Saeeda Wright, Ben Rice, Hank Shreve, Carlton Jackson, and Dave Fleschner. They performed deLay’s songs last January at the Alberta Rose Theatre and then on the Mainstage at July’s Waterfront Blues Festival.
The script is by CBA member Wayne Harrel, and tells the story of Moe DuPree, a jail-bound bluesman whose final gig is interrupted by three women come looking for a piece of the musical action and, perhaps, him. Harrel worked closely with the deLay family and band to craft this original theatrical show. “It’s not the Paul deLay story,” he says, “but it is based on his music and he poured his life into his songs, so there’s definitely a resemblance.”
The two-hour musical performs at 7:30pm Saturday, January 27, and two shows on Sunday, January 28 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm, at Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark. Tickets are $20.00 through fertilegroundpdx.org and $25.00 at the door. All ages welcome.