I shall never forget the time when I literally ran into the stunning wife of actor/musician/husband/daddy Kevin Costner,Â Christine Baumgartner (immediate girl crush ensued) at The Cove in Atlantis in November of 2007 (http://www.pamelaspunch.com/from-the-cove-atlantis-back-to-real-life/). Â Not that my friend and I were “stalking” Costner and his band Modern West, who were playing the resort that weekend, but we did see his name on the cabana list and we did deem it necessary to take a walk the long, long, long way, out of the way from our own cabana and water bed in order to well, let’s just say check out the scenery. Hey, it’s the Bahamas. Scenery is all around.Â The worst part of the story is (the best is saving the Costner baby’s hat and handing it back to Mama) that after we strolled by the sunning guys, including Costner in his yellow trunks, on the beach, we came to a dead end and there was no way we could nonchalantly pass back by the group without them absolutely knowing, we had spotted them and were walking by.Â I don’t even know if we had camera phones back then, but I do know I had my camera out and I totally chickened out.Â This was not the band’s first rodeo and these guys were used to screaming fans, so I shouldn’t have felt to odd slinking past.
Costner and his band come to the D.C. area here and there; I remember a few years ago they were at the Birchmere in Alexandria.Â This time, they return to the region and debut at Maryland’s Strathmore on Thursday, April 5, at 8 p.m.Â Seriously, the man needs no introduction, but after doing some research on the “heart throb” (industry term) I learned he’s not your typical movie star/award winning/producer/director/Hollywood turned “So I think I can play guitar and sing thus, start a band” type.Â He is quite the opposite.
Says CNN: â€œTruth be told, Kevin Costner and Modern West does not sound like a movie starâ€™s vanity project. Costner sings about freight trains, dusty avenues and broken dreamsâ€¦in faded jeans, he commands the stage with the same understated sex appeal he has on the big screen.â€
Kevin Costner has always been close to music, learning guitar and piano as a child and singing in church choirs and school productions. He began performing as a musician before his movie career took off, sparked by meeting his future creative partner John Coinman in Los Angeles during an acting workshop. The two began playing and writing music together, forming the band Roving Boy with mutual friend Blair Forward, which experienced modest success just as Costnerâ€™s film career took off, leaving little time for their music pursuits. A nostalgic performance in 2005 encouraged the trio to resurrect the band, adding new members Teddy Morgan, Larry Cobb and Park Chisholm to the lineup under the moniker Kevin Costner & Modern West. The band has released four albums, including the 2011 release From Where I Stand.
Listen to a sampling of his music at http://kevincostnermodernwest.com/.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.