Wednesday, August 16, 2017

million dollar quartet in kc


On a rare occasion, we enjoyed the opportunity to attend a little theater situation in Overland Park at the New Theatre Restaurant, featuring the “Million Dollar Quarter.”  It was quite an interesting musical comedy inspired by the famed recording session that brought together original Rock-n-Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.

Having always been a fan of their music, this little Broadway musical was a pretty good take on it all. The actors were solid, though few of them actually looked the part beyond their dress.  They came arguably close in performance though.

photo by Roy Inman
Dominque Scott, playing Jerry Lee Lewis brought a comedy relief to the affair, and some awesome piano skills, kind of stealing the show.

Scott Moreau, as Johnny Cash played and sang a close second to the “man in black” himself.  James Barry held his own as Carl Perkins too, and Skye Scott as Elvis was an acceptable likeness.

Elvis brought along a girl too, go figure.  Ashley Pankow played the part of Dyanne performing a fantastic cover of the track that made Peggy Lee a jazz legend, “Fever.”

Rounding out the cast, Craig Benton played the part of a torn Sam Phillips, eager to promote these legends, but unwilling to let them be a success without him.

The songs and actors were on point for a full house on this night, and a rocking good time for all in attendance.  In addition to their skit centered on the gathering of the quartet, and flashbacks to their start at Sun, they hammered through some of the most recognized tracks by the four.

No photography was permitted, and completely out of character, I acquiesced.   It would have been difficult to get off any shots without being immediately noticed anyway. It was definitely a show worth seeing though, and perhaps, seeing again.

If you get the chance, it runs through September 24 at this location, and there are still a few tickets left to some of the performances.



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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

Above, local legend DJ Nitro spins out one of his last sets in the area before moving down the road with another local legend and favorite DJ Booth, back in August '02.  The tiny little warehouse in Lawrence, Kansas was the perfect spot for one last round.

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music

credit:  china daily
"China dances to a new, electronic beat" at the Storm Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai.  Ren Xiaojin talks about the emerging EDM following in that corner of the world, and how the music continues to bring people together.

dance



A study out of the University of Brighton suggests you can burn about about 600 calories per hour. So, Yup Dance is the Best Workout.  Science Says So."  in this quick little bit by Jennifer Stahl in Dance Magazine.

life



As the fall festival season begins to loom on the horizon, Marion Clinton provides Five Tips To Survive Sharing A Room For A Festival in EDMID.  Then again, you don't get the fun and surprise of not planning anything.  

art

image credit: Sean Cavanagh, University College London, Joni Wallis, University of California, Berkeley, Steven Kennerley, University College London, Laurence Hunt, University of Oxford

Scientific American announced the winners of their annual contest to capture the brain at its most beautiful, in "The Art of Neuroscience" by Leslie Nemo.  While most of the pieces are actually the results of labwork, they are a form of art in their own right.

culture


An interesting documentary on a fading language, both in this video and in "Greece's disappearing whistled language" by Eliot Stein at the BBC. Sfyria is "the oldest and more structured than many other whistled languages," and a unique form of communication more than 2500 years old.

transmit

Restoration of stalled temporarily, through April 2004.  We will return to that shortly, likely at a bit quicker pace.

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