I go to a lot of concerts, and one thing I always try to do is arrive in time for the opening act. Opening for a big name act really is a dream come true for lesser-known bands, and I love to support that kind of raw musical excitement. Another great reason to go to the show early is to catch some great talent, which is what happened when I recently saw 80’s rockers The Fixx.

A young guy confidently drifted onto the stage with simply an acoustic guitar and a voice. After stepping up to the microphone and introducing himself as Gregory Hyde, he proceeded to impress every ear in the theater.

Gregory Hyde, aside from being a top-notch musician, is an author, a speaker, an engineer, and a producer. Experiencing his sharp wit and sense of comfort and confidence on that theater stage, I can imagine that Hyde would be extraordinary at a corporate event or as a personal coach. After hearing a couple of great original songs and an excellent cover of the Supertramp hit “Give A Little Bit,” unsuspecting attendees were flocking to his merchandise table to pick up his latest EP, The Bellevue Sessions, Vol. 1.”

If you want to have the same experience of seeing Gregory Hyde open for a big name act, make sure you get to this year’s Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling when he brings a full band with him and opens for Soul Asylum and Barenaked Ladies.

For the full Last Fling lineup, visit www.lastfling.org/MainStage.

To visit Gregory Hyde online, visit www.gregoryhyde.com/music.