Granny brings down the house!
An unlikely nearby resident sits behind her keyboard and helps bring down the house at a local bar in Washington, DC. And she’s 82 years old!
Alice Donohue or commonly referred to as ‘Granny’ joins her band on stage every Sunday and jams. Her band has a funk-fusion sound and is called “Granny’s Ball of Odds” or “Granny and the Boys” and takes the stage at the Showtime Bar to entertain the crowd.
“Some of them will come up at the bar and watch my hands and look at my shorthand music to make sure I’m actually playing that,” Donohue said. “That I'm not just a prop, sitting there pretending, you know.”
Pretending she’s NOT!
After her husband passed away in 1996, she enrolled in a music program for seniors at the University of Maryland. Richard Lynch, the band’s current drummer, had been working at a restaurant at the school and convinced Donohue to start managing the group. Later on, when a substitute keyboardist was needed for a gig, Donohue rose to the occasion.
The rest is history.
“Funky — that we can do, no problem, and I know the audience likes it because it's more of what I call ‘pumping music’ — they can get up and really get going on that,” the 82-year-old said.
And while she and the boys have been playing and entertaining bar patrons for quite a while now, she says there are still a few customers surprised by what they see and hear.
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