America’s Got Talent contestant to perform at local bar

The self-proclaimed Diva of Delirium is coming to the Kenai Peninsula.

This Friday night, Palmer based musician LuLu Small will play a one-night only performance at Moosequito’s Bar in Sterling.

“She’s an Alaskan icon,” said Moosequito’s general manager Heather Schachinger. “She doesn’t just sing. She’s a complete entertainer.”

Small, who said she possesses a five-octave voice, plays a variety of instruments from guitar to tambourine. While she sings an array of cover songs, Small said she isn’t afraid to perform her original work.

“I read the crowd and go from there,” Small said.

According to her website, Small has played in places such as Germany, Mexico and Canada during her more than four decade long career. While she has performed all over the globe, she said she enjoys playing gigs on the Kenai Peninsula.

The show at Moosequito’s isn’t the only LuLu Small news. Earlier this year, she was chosen to audition for the TV program “America’s Got Talent.”

Small said she doesn’t watch TV, so she was surprised when she got a voice message from the producers of the show wanting her to audition. She said she couldn’t believe it and had to rewind the message three times before it set in that she was selected. Small said since being chosen, she has received great support from her friends and family.

“This is the biggest thing in my career,” Small said. “I’ve been waiting for 42 years.”

Small, who auditioned at the Hard Rock Cafe in Anchorage last month, said she should know by the end of February whether or not she makes it to the next round of the show. Small said that she’s ready for the big stage.

“There would be a little bit of nerves, but I’m so primed and prepared,” Small said. “I know how to handle the camera.”

If Small wins the show, she would win $1 million and the opportunity to have her own show in Las Vegas. Small said that if she won, she would charter an Alaska Airlines flight and fill it with as many Alaskans as possible and fly them to Las Vegas for her show.

“Those who are afraid to fly — you’d better get over that,” Small said.

As she gears up for her Moosequito’s performance and anxiously awaits the results of her audition, Small is confident her talent will resonate with people.

“Big things come in LuLu Small’s package,” Small said. “Wait until America finds out.”

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