The Whiteside Theatre presents:
CONCERT | John McEuen and the String Wizards - Will the Circle be Unbroken
Thursday, October 3
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Advanced Purchase: $30
At the Door: $40
$2 off with Whiteside membership
When John initiated the "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" album with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band it brought together the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Junior Huskey, Oswald Kirby, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six hot August Nashville recording days produced this benchmark album, relevant to this day (Still in Amazon's top 30).
McEuen has now assembled a unique cast for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken record and his incredible career with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The cast includes:
Les Thompson bass, vocals, bouzouki an original NGDB founding member
John Cable guitar/vocals/mandolin also toured Russia as NGDB member.
Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 25- year music partner with John
All join host John McEuen with his banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin as they share, in front of a movie screen, hits and stories behind the music leading up to that magic time
when three generations came together.
His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, (including 8mm footage from 1967), Circle session photos, narrative (and early) NGDB music takes us on his 50+ year journey - interwoven with Dirt Band favorites and hot bluegrass.
A unique part of the show covers the 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there – 28 sold out shows.
The evening features classic NGDB favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month; also honored with Best America album by the Independent Music Awards, March 2018). The audience sees the entire span of John McEuen’s years in music, and is taken back through some of the best years of their lives.
Some of the show’s music includes: Mr. Bojangles, Some of Shelly’s Blues, Dance Little Jean, Keep on the Sunny Side, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, House at Pooh Corner, Earl’s Breakdown, Wreck on the Highway, Cannonball Rag, Dismal Swamp, Way Downtown, I Saw the Light, Acoustic Traveller, Fingerbuster, Long Hard Road and the Grand Ole Opry song
John’s first book (released May 2018) The Life I’ve Picked, has over 60 5-star reviews on Amazon.
John was recently inducted in to the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. Check out www.johnmceuen.com
The Whiteside Theatre and Corvallis Folklore Society present:
CONCERT | Che Apalache
Thursday, October 10
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Reserved: $30 (Available online or by calling 800-838-3006)
General Admission: $25 (Available at Grass Roots Bookstore and Corvallis Brewing Supply)
Tickets available at the box office at 5:45 on the day of the event.
$2 off with CFS or Whiteside membership
Immigration is a powerful topic for Che Apalache bandleader Joe Troop. A polymath, polyglot, and world traveler, Troop left home at a young age, emigrating from this country in search of a better life. Raised in the North Carolina Piedmont, in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Troop came of age to the music of bluegrass and all-night jam sessions at festivals, but being a young, queer man in the South, at a certain point he no longer felt welcome in his own home region.
He took refuge abroad, traveling Europe and immersing himself in his two great loves: music and language. He studied Spanish in Spain, spent summers in Morocco, and eventually moved to Japan to teach English. He carried his music and his fiddle with him always, picking up elements of flamenco, jazz manouche, and swing. In 2010, Joe immigrated to Argentina, and, looking to make friends and build a scene, he began teaching bluegrass.
Nine years later, Che Apalache, led by Troop, features three powerhouse Latin American musicians two from Argentina, Franco Martino (guitar), Martin Bobrik (mandolin), and Pau Barjau (banjo) from Mexico and has been taking audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music. Famed banjo player and cross-genre trailblazer Béla Fleck was so taken with the band that he signed on to produce their new album, Rearrange My Heart, coming August 9, 2019, on Free Dirt Records.
I love to work with music that intrigues, excites and inspires me, Fleck explains, and that describes Che Apalache to a T! We first met at my Blue Ridge Banjo Camp last year. They had come from Buenos Aires and asked to play for me. I was blown away and they blew away the crowd a few days later. Its been a blast to get to know them in the creative environment; together we've come up with what I believe is a truly striking album. I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed producing.
With Béla Fleck as producer and a new album on its way, Che Apalache is a success story, but Troop hasn't returned to the States after over a decade abroad to comfort listeners. He's here to challenge the narrative, to speak directly on what American policies and perspectives are doing to the world. We're trying to take our message to the people who most need to hear it.
Troop explains. We want to have respectful dialogue with people that arent coming from the same place we are, and we want to challenge their way of thinking. Opening with a traditional greeting in the Uruguayan murga style before segueing into the song María, which has touches of candombe, flamenco and Spanish Sephardic Jewish music, Che Apalaches global sensibilities are clear.
The heart of the album, though, lies with the powerful song The Dreamer, written about Troop's friend Moises Serrano. A queer North Carolinian immigrant from Mexico and a DACA recipient, Serrano was raised in the same region as Troop. The Dreamer states Che Apalaches mission: subvert the narrative from within. We're reeling people in with music they understand, Troop explains, but then we give them a twist. This is all intentional, I've had years living outside this country to think about how to do this.
The power of the subversion lies in how well Troop understands Appalachian and Southern audiences, and also in an honest love for the music. The band spent years perfecting Stanley Brothers-style harmonies, trying to get the sound just right. They then married that sound with brutally honest lyrics lamenting Trumps rhetoric for The Wall. This level of subversion brings its own risks though.
They sang the song at a famous Virginia fiddlers convention the same day that Nazis marched in the streets of nearby Charlottesville, and had to drop everything and run for safety when an enraged audience member stormed the backstage to attack them.
Che Apalache was formed to enjoy music, to honor it, and to bridge the gap between North and South America, creating a vision of a truly American music. Through the controversy and the political fire that fuels Che Apalache's music, Troop hasn't lost sight of what first inspired him, the first moment he fell in love with the music.
At just fourteen years old, in a small diner in Boone, North Carolina, he heard a humble man playing with his friends and family. That man was Doc Watson. For Troop and Che Apalache to come full circle and to create a new album with another legend of bluegrass, Béla Fleck, that's the American dream that Che Apalache embodies.
The Whiteside Theatre presents:
EVENT | Pegasus Puppet Theatre: Legends of Coyote
Friday, October 11
Doors open at 5:00 pm
General Admission: $10
Kids 4-16: $6
Kids 3 and under: Free
Nearly every indigenous culture in the world tells ‘trickster tales’. Prevalent in North America are stories about the infamous Coyote! Coyote Tales is a compilation of two hilarious stories and is performed with puppets, masks, and costumes inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American art.
The Whiteside Theatre and Haus of Dharma present:
EVENT | Broadgay! A Musical Theater Drag Review
Saturday, October 12
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Advanced Purchase: $7
At the Door: $10
The Whiteside Theatre and Haus Of Dharma are partnering to put on our very first drag extravaganza- Broadgay at the Whiteside!!!
Join these lovelies as they pose, and pose, and pose to your favorite contemporary and classical musical theatre, broadway, and showtune numbers.
The show features local Haus Of Dharma performers and and guest performers from all over the region.
Hosted by Haus Mother, Frisky the Transgender Reindeer.
A little Great White Way at the Whiteside!!!
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