Musician Henry Haid, no stranger to St. Thomas, will be performing this month with collaborating vocalist Jaqueline Duryea at Northside Bistro.
Haid, a New York native who has frequently performed in the territory since 1989, scored the leading role in Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Broadway musical “Movin’ Out” in the early 2000s playing the “Piano Man.”
St. Thomas residents may remember Haid from performances dating back to the early 90s when he appeared at venues such as the Fiddle Leaf restaurant, Tillett Gardens and the Elysian.
“I try to come back every year,” he said. “Most years we come up with themed performances: the psychedelic 60s, one hit wonders.”
Haid described his upcoming St. Thomas shows with Duryea as fitting into a “piano lounge kind of sound” with accompanying saxophone by George Cortes.
Haid, Duryea and Cortes will be playing as a trio on Wednesday and Thursday, and Jan. 22 – 23, at Northside Bistro starting at 6:30 p.m. Duryea and Haid will also play a set of shows as a duo on Jan. 27 – 28 at the same venue.
The Sun Kings, the band Haid formed on St. Thomas in 1997, will also be playing a reunion show at Hullbay Hideaway on Jan. 31. The band includes local musicians Steve Richmond and Paul Dirks.
Haid said that whenever he comes to St. Thomas he usually joins in with other musicians for unplanned performances around the island in addition to his scheduled shows, so the community may catch him at venues that aren’t listed on his website’s calendar.
Reservations with North Side Bistro are recommended.