Flagpole Radio Café Press Release
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September 6, 2010
TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
FOR THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFÉ ARE NOW ON SALE.
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOT TO APPEAR IN
SEPTEMBER 25 SEASON 3 OPENER
TOM CHAPIN, CHRISTINE LAVIN AND BETHANY YARROW TO APPEAR LATER IN THE SEASON
Newtown, CT - the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that tickets and
subscriptions for the third season of The Flagpole Radio Café are now on
sale. The performance dates are
September 25, November 6, December 4,
February 5, March 19 and May 21 in the Edmond
Town Hall Theatre at 7pm. Ticket
prices are $18 for adults, $15 for
students and senior citizens. A
subscription for all six shows can be purchased for $90 for adults; $72 for
students and senior citizens. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at The Flagpole Radio Café.
Executive Producer Martin Blanco
notes, “We are beginning our third season still thrilled from our finale from
season two where guest artist Pete Yarrow performed to a full audience and had
such a wonderful time that he remarked ‘This was the best thing I’ve done in
years. I wish I could bottle this show
as it is, and take it on the road.’
Building on the success of this show, we have engaged a number of acclaimed
musicians to appear this season beginning with the incomparable Ramblin’ Jack
Elliot on September 25th.”
In addition to blues and country music legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, The
Flagpole Radio Café will feature singer-songwriter Tom Chapin on November 6,
Betheny Yarrow, daughter of Peter Yarrow, on February 5 and singer-songwriter-story
teller Christine Lavin on March 19. Guest artists for the December 4 and May 21
performances will be announced shortly.
One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country,
with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin'
Jack Elliott is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of
folk music. In the tradition of roving
troubadours Ramblin’ Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and
song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next.
They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot ran away from his
Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned is guitar from a
cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family
and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to
the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of
This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl Ballads, and a wealth of children's songs
that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to
remark, "Jack sounds more like me than I do."
In 1954, along with
folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through
Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country
music. He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens. In 1955 Jack married and traveled to Europe,
bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy and blues repertoire and his guitar
virtuosity, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, from Mick
Jagger to Eric Clapton. When he returned to America in 1961, he met another
young folksinger, Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored Bob. Jack
has continued as an inspiration for every roots-inspired performer since.
Along the way he learned the
blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary
Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and
Champion Jack Dupree.
He has recorded forty albums;
wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup
of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new
singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became
a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of
the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell
The Grateful Dead and countless others.
In 1995, Ramblin' Jack Elliot received his first of four Grammy Award nominations
and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for South Coast (Red House Records).
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts,
proclaiming, "In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions,
Ramblin' Jack has himself become an American treasure."
For those not acquainted with
The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by
Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by
Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for
the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.
The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality
Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio.
Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow,
Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler
and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.