I have a follow up post about Kevin Costner and his friends,
the band he performs with, “Modern West.” When I wrote about
Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and the movie, “Draft Day,”
directed by Ivan Reitman, I did not have the “whole story”
to share with you! I had started by writing one post about
the movie being filmed in Cleveland and its “calling it a
wrap” around Thanksgiving!
The Brothers Lounge in Cleveland hosted Kevin Costner and
Modern West to a packed audience, all enjoying the music
with a few brews being consumed by members of the band,
actors and the “general population” who assembled there. I
am glad to say that Kevin Costner consumed a pop, Coke,
instead of partying like the others. It is always “refreshing”
(not to just drink a Coke! See advertising placement! No
money being exchanged, though. Darn!) to have a famous person
sharing and trading stories, along with setting a “good”
example for young movie goers who follow his actions closely.
The Modern West band is a country-rock band and performed lively
tunes, including “Red River.” Kevin Costner’s daughter, Lily,
played as a guest that night, on her guitar and joining in
by singing the songs with the band.
Kevin Costner often plays quiet parts, an easy going man, but
not very effusive or outgoing. I was pleased to hear that he
is a warm and friendly man, one reviewer, my old high school
cohort, Michael Heaton was writing about the stories Costner
told between songs, also friendly banter about Cleveland
Indians and thanking Cleveland for being so gracious and open
to the film being made in our town. It is appropriate that he
mention baseball movies because, even though I am not a sports
aficionado, I appreciate the Browns and the Indians. I expect
guests to our town to show their interest and enthusiasm to
the local teams, by ‘shouting out’ a word of encouragement.
I also have watched the beautiful movie, “Field of Dreams”
and humorous movie, “Bull Durham,” with Kevin Costner acting
in them. It is only “fair” to reciprocate to Cleveland, since
we have been faithful viewers of his fantastic movies!
Kevin Costner shared that his father was not too “keen” on his
being an actor and did not approve of pursuing his dream of
acting. It was not until his father watched Costner’s movie
directorial debut with “Dances with Wolves” that he earned his
respect. All of the audience could relate to disappointing Dads
sometime or other!
A funny comment about not drinking but enjoying watching others
came at the end of his rocking out the place, Costner says
Cleveland is known for their beer drinking ways. He added,
“You have not lived, until you’ve seen a girl from Cleveland
suck down an ice-cold beer. It’s really something to see!”
Lots of laughing followed that closing joke!
Wish I could say I was there but I was glad to hear both
the television news story and read the “Minister of Culture,”
Mike Heaton’s story. I have mentioned him before, his column
in the Cleveland Plain Dealer is a must-read when I travel
home, mostly because he graduated from Bay High with me,
but I always add a ‘shout out’ to his sister, Patricia Heaton,
who ably had us laughing on “Everybody Loves Raymond” but
pulls my heart strings for her being so “real” on the comedy
show, “The Middle.” Now, they just have to talk Kevin Costner
into coming to our 40th high school reunion in 2014!