Music Notes and Entertainment Briefs, March 9, 2017 Edition
I Shall Be Released
Cowpunk legend Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers will join Jim Rotramel and the rest of the Franklin County Trucking Company to record this week at Sawhorse Studios in Saint Louis. Look for the new, self-described greasy rock ‘n’ roll and sleazy trucker country band’s album to get an April release, possibly in time for the Supersuckers’ Wednesday, April 26 show at PK’s...
Fiddle Rick Johnson normally records pretty bare-bones efforts in his home studio, playing most of the instruments himself. But his latest disc, One for the Road, is a true full-band effort recorded with the Bourbon Boys at Misunderstudio with Mike Lescelius engineering.
The loose, Irish- and New Orleans-inspired Americana quintet adds haunting western background vocals to “Texas,” Johnson’s bizarre tale about a traffic stop at the Louisiana state line, where police questioned him about a dead body and machine guns. Sam Bates’s accordion and Johnson’s fiddle interplay on guitarist Matthew Boroicz’s “Two Shots of Whiskey” makes the group’s Cajun/zydeco connection explicit.
Rick and company play Sunday, March 12 at Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery and Friday, March 24 at Tres Hombres...
One of Carbondale’s younger traditions is the annual Girls Rock Camp, which every summer teaches young women how to make music every bit as loud and proud as that of their male peers. Part of a nationwide movement, the Carbondale camp culminates with a big showcase performance, usually in a local nightclub, packed to the gills with friends and family.
To help fund the third year of camp, the annual Girls Rock Gala will take place Friday, March 17 at the Hangar 9. A karaoke competition will provide live entertainment. Individual performers will pay a $20 entry fee, and groups of four or fewer will pay $30. Patrons may also sponsor listed Girls Rock volunteers. Winners will take home a Girls Rock merch bag and other prizes.
Open karaoke will follow the competition, and a silent auction will take place. Proceeds from the door, auction, and entry fees will benefit the camp, which this year leaves the banner of Carbondale Community Arts for a new organization, Libre, led by Girls Rock Camp founder Jessica Lynn and Carson Cates.
For more information, visit <http://www.GirlsRockCarbondale.com>...
Back to the Island
Rumors are true: Tim Whiteford, who’s lately played in a ton of country and Americana bands (Cement Pond, Bosco and Whiteford, Uncle Pecos), has formed another reggae group, his first in a few years. Because Whiteford came to local prominence with a series of outstanding reggae groups, including InneReflection and the Rum Runners, the prospect of his latest endeavor in the genre, the Polytricksters, should excite fans of Carbondale’s music scene.
The roots-reggae group debuts Saturday, March 11 at PK’s and features Tony Baker on bass, Jimmy Beers on drums, Scott Clough on saxophone and vocals, Brian Plate on organ, Mickey Soltys on guitar, Kristen Whiteford on vocals and percussion, and Tim Whiteford on guitar and vocals.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this group of musicians,” Whiteford tells Nightlife. “The band is very full-sounding and tight. With a seven-piece band it can be easy to get cluttered and noisy-sounding, but we all make conscious efforts to not overplay, and keep it simple with a less is more attitude true to classic reggae.”
They derive their name from a Peter Tosh term for politicians. “It seemed suiting in these current times of such political unrest,” Whiteford says. “Our main focus isn’t by any means to push our own political agenda or beliefs upon anyone, but there is certainly a political undertone to a lot of the songs we play. We really just want to play music that makes us and the audience feel good and uplifted with a lot of fun songs about love, peace, and unity. That being said, we do play some very obviously anti-establishment song— old songs like ‘Revolution’ and ‘Rat Race’ really seem to be just as relevant today as they were forty or more years ago when they were written.”...
Joke a Lot
To benefit the further restoration of the Varsity Center, the Carbondale Comedians are bringing the Before the Floor standup-comedy showcase Saturday, March 11 to the venue. Shows take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and feature central Illinois jokesters Matthew Sylvain and Steve Schaberg along with local comedian Nathan Colombo.
The goal is to restore the small balcony theater in the Varsity, which some might remember as the Shirley Temple theater. Funds from this comedy showcase will help fix the stage.
General-admission tickets are $10 at <http://www.EventBrite.com> and $15 at the door...
Speak to Me
In Illinois, property taxes provide a lot of funding for public schools. Therefore, schools are generally much better funded in wealthier communities, where property costs more and generates more tax revenue.
This has led to calls for education-funding reform from pretty much everywhere except the state’s wealthier communities, which enjoy their funding advantages and the resulting quality of their schools.
To rectify the situation, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed an Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, which issued a report that the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute will analyze during a one-day conference Friday, March 10 at 8 a.m. in the SIU Student Center.
Elected officials from both major parties as well as state and national experts on tax and education policy will speak at the event. The conference is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee. Cost for the catered lunch and an all-day parking pass is $23 at the time of registration.
For more information or to register, visit <http://PaulSimonInstitute.siu.edu> or call Leslie Brock at (618) 536-7751...
When the Great Depression dumped nearly the entire world into abject poverty in 1929, a slew of bank robbers saw themselves elevated from common criminals into folk heroes. The mass misbehavior of banks caused millions of persons to lose not just their life savings, but their jobs as well. Thus, the reasoning went, the banks— and bankers— had it coming.
Enter Bonnie and Clyde, perhaps the most celebrated outlaws of an era that included John Dillinger, Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker added a romantic twist to the avenging-outlaw myth. In addition, Parker’s full participation in the couple’s crimes stood in stark contrast to the women who before then often stood in the background while their men broke the law.
In 1967, Bonnie and Clyde’s story was later turned into a largely fictionalized Oscar-winning film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles. By 2009, as history repeated itself and the Great Recession took hold, Frank Wildhorn, Don Black, and Ivan Menchell created a musical out of Bonnie and Clyde’s escapades.
Now, the bank-robbing couple will sing and dance across the stage Friday through Sunday, March 10 through March 12 in John A. Logan College’s O’Neil Auditorium. Aubrianna Rathunde and Brandyn McGhee will star in Bonnie and Clyde: The Musical, under the direction of Nathan Arnett and Cindy Massie.
The show takes place March 10 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., March 11 at 7 p.m., and March 12 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the 10 a.m. March 10 show are discounted. Otherwise, tickets are $15 for the public and free to Logan students with valid college identification. Buy tickets at (618) 985-2828 ext. 8287 or <http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com>...
A.B. and Alex Davenport’s Greyscale: Performing Across Difference uses photographer Ansel Adams’s Zoning System, a way of thinking about greyscale in photography, the performers will explore what it means to relate to different people. The performance runs Thursday through Saturday, March 23 through March 25 in the Marion Kleinau Theatre on the second floor of the SIU Communications Building.
All performances start at 8 p.m. Get there early— nobody is admitted once shows begin.
General admission tickets are $7, or $5 for students with valid identification.
For tickets and other information, call the Kleinau box office at (618) 453-5618 or visit <http://cola.siu.edu/CommunicationStudies> and follow the link to the Kleinau Theatre...
Treasures of Little Egypt
Kim Rohling will lead a guided hike Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. on Hickory Bottoms Trail. This area, along the Cache River, attracts migrating and nesting songbirds as well as wading birds, and Rohling will help identify the sapsuckers, woodpeckers, raptors, and migratory waterfowl that populate it. In addition, she’ll highlight the spring wildflowers, fungi, and other wildlife the tour encounters.
Participants should bring binoculars and rubber boots for the 1.5 mile hike. And though there’s no charge for the hike, participants must register by calling the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at (618) 634-2231...