Articles by John Porter
On Saturday morning, August 8th, to be exact, there was already a line forming outside the Ashland Theatre at 9:00 a.m. Dedicated fans, many in costumes or t-shirts of their favorite character, greeted each other by calling out lines and laughing hysterically at the responses. Most of the audience is made up from local people, but some travelled from Pennsylvania and Maryland to be here.
Was this a revival of a favorite film series? Die-hard Star Wars fans perhaps, queuing up to see a sneak preview of the next upcoming blockbuster?
Depending on whom you ask, for theatre lovers this is either the most exciting time of the year or the most frustrating. This is the time of year when the annual “Artsie” Award nominations are released and the debate rages as to who will win, and who was left off the list.
We hope you will join us this week (8/15/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are celebrating our 9th Anniversary on the air! That’s right, the little show that we thought might make it six weeks has somehow stuck around for nine years of great music and really bad jokes! (Important note about Kenny Wayne Shepherd show Friday 8/14 below!)
We hope you will join us this week (8/1/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I try to combat the rising summer temperatures with some very cool music. Think about it, the word “blues” even sounds cool – it’s the best way to wind down a busy hot Saturday.
It has long been my opinion that Charles Busch is one of the freshest voices in American Theatre. He took the anarchy of Charles Ludlum’s Theatre Of The Ridiculous and stretched the boundaries a little further, using drag as an opportunity to create roles of female empowerment while throwing out great one liners with the dexterity of all of the Marx Brothers.
Over the last 500 years or so there have been many different interpretations of Shakespeare, with settings in different historical times to add a new dimension to the work and to demonstrate his eternal timelessness of his writing. The last few years we’ve seen works set against a Hollywood movie studio, a 1920’s style speakeasy, and a few other interesting choices alongside the more traditional productions.
We hope you’ll join us this week (7/25/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are working hard on a special show with some good new stuff, some fine older stuff, a guy we’ve never played before, and some that feature a genuine member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Is it just me, or does this year seem like it’s flying by? Henry and I have been up to our eyeballs in great music and it’s still coming in. Thanks goodness. That means we have all sorts of great new things to share with you and we’re on the prowl for even more. Thanks for listening to Time For The Blues, and let’s get to this month’s releases.
Henry and I wish we could bring you the blues 24/7, but since that’s not possible we’re going to try and keep you up on some of the best CDs we receive and play. You know we love discovering new artists and playing them for you, but it’s often difficult to get them much air play, so this is one way we can alert you to some great new releases.