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From March 2, 2006...
Call him the "mando monster". A fearless musician who plays mandolin with an attitude! Where ever he goes, Sam Bush shakes things up... There's anti- establishment, and then there's the boy bands of the 1950's. Shades Valley High school's theatre program takes "Forever Plaid" on the road. Also, experimental rock from Birmingham's Accelera Deck. I'm Greg Bass and This is Tapestry.
For the better part of two decades Sam Bush and the New Grass Revival turned traditional bluegrass music on its ear -- infusing it with elements of jazz, rock, Afro-pop and reggae. A three time Grammy winner, he's backed great singers like Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett and worked on the O'Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. He's a star of the music festival circuit from Telluride, Colorado to Merlefest in North Carolina where he regularly pushes the musical envelope. Sam Bush and his band play the Alys Stephens Center Saturday night. I asked Bush what musical surprises we can expect from him this weekend.
Sam Bush and his band play the Alys Stephens Center Saturday night at 8 p.m. For an extended interview and a link to the official Sam Bush website, visit the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.
So here's the set-up. Members of a 1950's all-male singing group are on their way to their first big gig, when "tragedy strikes", their car crashes and they all die! The "Plaids" are miraculously revived to perform "the concert that never was" ... in a hilariously nostalgic musical - called "Forever Plaid". In real life, the four high school actors from Shades Valley High School's Theatre Magnet program were born decades after the fictitious Plaids died. Jakes Bridges, Will and Josh Bruner, and Grant Wilson not only had to learn the tight harmonies of tunes like "Catch a Falling Star" and "Lady of Spain"... They had to figure out just what would motivate a group of guys to dress up in bright plaid suits and learn schmaltzy dance steps. The actors are taking their show in the road this week - representing Alabama at the 2006 Southeastern Theatre Conference in Orlando, Florida. Before boarding the planes for Florida, the Plaids, along with Shades Valley theatre program director Roy Hudson, reflected on the show and life on stage.
Jakes Bridges, Will Bruner, Josh Bruner and Grant Wilson are the Plaids in Shades Valley High Theatre's production of "Forever Plaid". Next weekend, Shades Valley Theatre presents a One-Act Play Festival and in April - it's "Seussical, the musical".
He's the Prince of Perversion, the film-monger of foot-fetishes, the Pope of Trash. How's THAT for a transition?!?! We're talking, of course, about film director, author, photographer and sometimes actor John Waters. The man who gave us Pink Flamingos, Polyester and Pecker is coming to UAB tomorrow night to talk about efforts to subvert American popular culture.
John Waters is the UAB Pauline Ireland Visiting Artist for 2006. He lectures tomorrow night at the Alys Stephens Center and exhibits his photography at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, Saturday from 5 to 8. You can find more information on our website, WBHM.org
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Technology has transformed the music industry. Nowadays, all you need is a computer and you can sample, remix, record - and call yourself a musician. In the mid 90's, Chris Jeely formed Accelera Deck as an outlet for guitar and beat experimentation. Over the next several years, he released eight CD's and a handful of limited edition vinyl and CDR's. After 9 years of solo work, Jeely partnered with Zach Evans to become a bonafide "band". The result can be heard on the track "Embrace" from the upcoming CD "A Landslide of Stars". Chris Jeely stopped by our studios... (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Chris Jeely and Zach Evans are Accelera Deck. They play Cave 9 this weekend and begin an East Coast tour on April Fools Day. We've got downloads of their music on the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. I'm Greg Bass.