Ideally, duos should possess the kind of magnetism and presence that let you forget the lack of a big backing band. Simon and Garfunkel clearly had that quality. After a listen to Sundae + Mr. Goessl, one can hear their love for each other melding with their musical prowess to create the effect of a lone spotlight illuminating two people who have the ability to transfix any audience. Tapping into the sounds of vintage jazz and western swing, the husband-and-wife duo transcend the label of a retro, nostalgia act, breathing new life and compelling energy into what are mostly covers from the ’30s with some originals sprinkled in. Jason Goessl’s guitar work is delicate and complex without ever coming across as showy, while Kate “Sundae” Voss’ vocals are smooth as glass. To hear their beautiful melodies drift out on a summer day would go down like sweet cherry wine.
What: Sundae + Mr. Goessl
Where: Huntamer Park,
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
When: noon Wednesday, July 26
How much: free
Learn more: 360-491-0857 | Sundae + Mr. Goessl