Crooked Still, Non-traditional Bluegrass Quintet
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Friday, November 4, 2011 • 8pm
$20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Purveyors of the nu-folk, bluegrass movement, Crooked Still are equal parts ambassador and innovators as evidenced on their newest release Some Strange Country available on Signature Sounds. The musical prowess of this defiantly non-traditional bluegrass quintet is on display as radically re-imagined traditional fare blends seamlessly alongside four original compositions and a surprising take on the Rolling Stones’ “You Got The Silver”.
For their fourth effort, Crooked Still were snowed into the studio with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The isolation left little room for distraction and fueled more ambitious collaboration – quasi-orchestral string arrangements and unique vocal distortion techniques. Special guest vocalists include Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, and Annalisa Tornfelt.
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Frank Wildhorn, based on the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy at the Camelot Theatre Nov 3 – Dec 31, 2011.
Celebrate the holiday season with this action/adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. A love story that is funny as well as inspiring, moving and passionate. At the peak of the French Revolution, a beautiful French actress falls in love with an English lord after a whirlwind courtship. The actress’ former lover, a revolutionary official, is furious. On the night she is to leave for England and marriage, he blackmails her into giving him secret information. When the groom hears of his bride’s responsibility for the deaths of many, he persuades his compatriots to join him in a “private war” against the French regime. They call themselves The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save as many innocent lives as they can.
For more information: Camelot Theater
Workshop: The Joys of Celtic Music
Exploring the melodies of Turlough O’Carolan with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
Saturday, October 29 • 10am
Tickets – $30
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $30
Three world class multi-instrumentalists and Celtic harpers will share their experience in creating and collaborating in the Celtic Tradition. No matter what instrument you play, whether you are a novice or professional you will benefit from this overview of one of the worlds most beloved styles of acoustic music.
You will learn some history of one of the most famous and prolific composers Turlough O’Carolan. Whether you read music or play by ear you will enjoy learning a few of O’Carolans most beloved melodies on your instrument.
Participants will also have an opportunity for a hands-on experience with the nylon strung Celtic harps. Don’t have your own harp — no problem. There will be harps available for you to play.
Demonstrations of tunes and instruments from various regions will be presented such as Swedish Nyckelharpa, mandolin, Cittern, Dadgad Guitar, Bouzouki and fiddle. Bring your instrument of choice, and learn a few of our favorite Traditional melodies.
For more information, please go to St. Clair Productions
Each time Patrick Ball has performed in Ashland, he has brought a totally new show. This time he is bringing along two other accomplished Celtic harpists and storytellers to present Legends of the Celtic Harp.
For more information go to St Clair Productions
Ashland New Plays Festival Week Is Right Around the Corner
Congratulations to this year’s winning playwrights: Gary Dontzig of New Mexico for Couples; Steven Haworth of New York for Fernando; Thomas W. Stephens of Washington, DC, for Countdown to the Happy Day; and Carol Verburg of San Francisco for Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians.
All performances are at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street.
The readings are directed by Claudia Alick, Brian Demar Jones, Lenny Neimark, Caroline Shaffer, and John Stadelman.
Cast members include, Mark Barsekian, Brandy Carson, Benajah Cobb, Ted Deasy, Gina Daniels, Michael Elich, Jim Garcia, Rodney Gardiner, Cristofer Jean, David Kelly, Miriam Laube, Christopher Livingston, Holly Weber Neimark, Terri McMahon, Douglas Rowe, Kimberly Scott, Dayvin Turchiano, Ellie von Radics, and Rex Young.
Ellen’s favorite band.
Formed in the fall of 2009, The Bathtub Gin Serenaders are a Rogue Valley band that came together out of a shared love of pre-war hot jazz and early blues; and the pure fun of playing music together. Boasting a jug band mentality but without the jug, they perform as an all-acoustic band, just as it was done in the 20s and 30s.
Liquid Assets, 96 N. Main St. Ashland, October 7, 11 9pm
Ashland Contemporary Theatre is proud to host “An Evening with Rumi.” It’s a fantastic one-man performance accompanied by live musicians and dervish dancing. For a taste: catch the YouTube clip: http://bit.ly/EveningWithRumi
One night only! Saturday, September 24th at 8pm.
In this vivid montage of Rumi poetry and first-person narrative threads, the life, levity and luminosity of Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi comes alive, as award-winning actor Dan Furst presents the revered and irreverent poet Rumi. Based on translations from Coleman Barks, Kabir Helminski, and Jonathan Star, Dan Furst dramatically embodies the great poet with verve and sapient gusto! With sound and mood-scape accompaniment by musicians Seabury Gould on bamboo flute and bouzouki, Marco Zonka on percussion and vocal textures, and dervish turning by Yahya Suzanna Nadler, an atmosphere of earthy and ecstatic passion and reflection is evoked through dramatic action, verse, and song.
Performance is at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Rd, Ashland
Tickets: General $15.00, Seniors $12.00, Students $8.00, available at Paddington Station, Ashland and Grocery Outlet, Medford
Information: (541) 646 – 2971, http://www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org and http://www.hermes3.net/rumi2011.htm
An Evening of Conscious Comedy with Swami Beyondananda and Teresa Tudury
Tickets on-line or at Music Coop in downtown Ashland
“Lose Weightiness Now! Yes, in these stressful times … well, weightiness just seems to pile on, doesn’t it? Just a few days without laughing, and before long you’re suffering from irregularhilarity, on track for a full-blown case of humorrhoids! This doesn’t have to happen. Swami Beyondananda, the Cosmic Comic whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, will help you lose weightiness through heart-opening laughter. It’s a scientific fact: Levity is the best way to overcome gravity. You’ll leave lighter and brighter – or the Swami will double your karma back!”
In the course of nearly twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami (aka Steve Bhaerman) has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written four books (Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for All It’s Worth … Duck Soup for the Soul … Swami for Precedent: A Seven-Step Plan to Heal the Body Politic and Cure Electile Dysfunction), and produced a half a dozen comedy cassettes (sorry, not available on 8-track) and CDs.
“Teresa Tudury is an undiscovered gem, boasting scads of talent and a command of both language and music, which she demonstrates in ample portions. Like a cross between Tracey Ullman and the early Bette Midler, an evening with Tudury is part comedy show, part sensitive singer-songwriter concert and part cabaret act—and all immensely enjoyable…In her zany between-song patter Tudury is so uninhibited she makes Robin Williams seem restrained…. Plus, Tudury can certainly sing. Possessed of a deep, sultry voice which she dresses in heavy blues phrasing and adorns with generous swatches of vibrato, Tudury evoked every nuance out of her quirky novelty tunes and belted out her off-beat torch songs.” Steven Libowitz – Santa Barbara News Press
Saturday, October 15, Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St, Ashland 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/12–17 Free under 12
Come learn what it takes to be a songwriter. Joanne will share her career path and experiences plus some of the basics of the music business such as copyright and publishing, ASCAP, BMI and GRAMMY Associations, royalties and distribution, and agent/manager promotions. You also will learn voice care and the basics of songwriting. All ages and experience welcome. Register at www.stclairevents.com or call 541–535-3562.