Local artist will open for Good at Raziel's By David Lias
Plain Talk Pete Good isnâ�?�?t a household name in the music business â�?�? at least not yet. But he should get a big boost soon, thanks to the talent of local artist Kayla Marie Thompson, the daughter of Doug and Rhea Thompson of Vermillion. Thompson, who prefers to simply be known as Kayla Marie while on stage, will open for Good in an upcoming performance Saturday, Aug. 9 at Razielâ�?�?s in downtown Vermillion. Thompson will go on stage at 8:45 p.m. and perform for an hour. Good, who will be the opening act for Sugarland on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, will be the headline act for the evening. He will take the stage at Razielâ�?�?s at 10 p.m. Goodâ�?�?s career will get a big boost in Vermillion by Thompson, who will introduce him to a local audience with her unique musical talent, said Scott Hurowitz. Hurowitz, a former Vermillion resident, is president of the management firm All Night Entertainment, and is currently managing Goodâ�?�?s career. He is particularly happy with the artistic progress Good, of Sioux Falls has experienced. â�?�?Weâ�?�?ve gotten a lot of terrific publicity, and weâ�?�?ve gotten bigger shows and helped his career grow,â�? Hurowitz said. Hurowitz, who has worked with Good for approximately 16 months, booked the musician to perform at the Omaha Ribfest last year. â�?�?I and a partner are â�?�?shoppingâ�?�? Pete to major labors and publishers in both Los Angeles and New York to a very good response,â�? he said. Hurowitz isnâ�?�?t formally representing Thompson. But heâ�?�?s highly impressed by the young artist. He said his partner asked him to look for a young person who perhaps may be signed to a management contract one day. â�?�?I called recording studios all around the Midwest, from Minneapolis to Denver and Kansas City, and as a last resort, I called this guy in Sioux Falls who has a studio,â�? Hurowitz said. The Sioux Falls studio owner asked Hurowitz to visit the next day to listen to a young talent recording there. The young talent is Thompson. â�?�?Sheâ�?�?s a bright, highly intelligent, 15-year-old girl,â�? he said, â�?�?who is very into music. â�?�?But whatâ�?�?s refreshing is sheâ�?�?s just a kid,â�? Hurowitz said. â�?�? Sheâ�?�?s a very talented local artist who is starting to get some attention through me in Los Angeles and New York, and those people are comparing her writing style to Alanis Morissette and Melissa Etheridge.â�?