District Attorney Emeritus Pat Head will play at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square in downtown Marietta, as part of The Original Pat Head Amateur Hour on Thursday at 8 p.m. The one-man show is a fundraiser for the Strand.
“Saving the Strand is an important project. It’s a great asset to the City and I can’t think of a more worthy cause. Hopefully we will raise money to pay off the debt they’ve got,” said Head, a Marietta resident married to retired Cobb County State Court Judge Beverly Collins. They have five grown children and nine grandchildren.
Head, who has played with the Bill Atkins Band for over 20 years, will deliver his first solo show playing electronic keyboard with accompaniment through Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). “You can play multiple instruments and then have those instruments play back with you as accompaniment. It is a one-man band,” he said.
Ticketholders will enjoy Head’s original compositions along with Gospel songs with different twist. “We’re going to do some gospel songs that will be different than anything you’ve ever heard. I have a little different beat to some of the traditional songs like Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages,” he said.
Executive Director of the Strand Earl Reece invited Head to perform after hearing a CD that Head recorded. “It’s going to be a little bit of everything,” Head said.
Though Head says he’s “going to be as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs,” he will delight the audience with his natural ability. “I don’t read a note of music. I play by ear. It’s like listening to the voices in your head. I have music that I hear all the time,” he said.
“My mother used to tell me when I was 3 years old I walked up to the piano and played Jesus Loves Me with one finger. I’ve been playing ever since. It just takes your mind to a whole different place,” said Head, who used music as a means to relax throughout his law career.
“It’s going to be a fun show,” Head said.
Tickets are $25 with assigned seating. Audiences will enjoy two sets by Head with cocktails in between while showing support for The Strand. Visit earlsmithstrand.org or call (770) 293-0080 for more information. The concert is appropriate for all ages.
The Box office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. It is also open two hours before and 20 minutes after a listed show time.