Wed, Feb. 25-Sat, Feb. 28 8pm & Sun, Mar. 1 - 3pm
Catch The Shakes live for pre-show music on Feb. 28 7:30-8pm
And their main website: http://www.towndowner.com/
"Mark writes the songs, sings them, and plays guitar. Classic rock, country, folk, and blues all make their appearance. His lyrics ask epistemological questions in a style of which Strunk, White, Waylon and Johnny might've approved.
Dan adds support and color to the tunes with an array of instruments and vocal stylings. He has devoted much of his life to the study of popular music from the 1600's to today in an attempt to amass a great big bunch of old tricks up his sleeve.
Crystal plays a strong and steady upright bass. In a past life (and still, from time to time) a bass clarinetist, her string bass experience is in traditional Appalachian old-time music. She provides a solid grounding and careful eye (and ear) to the whole circus.
Dead sober as they may be, their music often sounds a bit drunk. Blame the intoxicating splendor of life itself. Ain't we got fun?"
Pat: I found out about this event through an email from the theatre. How do you think myspace and the internet has worked to promote the event so far? What other forms of advertisement are being used?
Mark: I think it has worked pretty well. Michael has done a great job of getting people to become friends of the play on Myspace, and a Facebook event was created as well. I know I passed it on to the Shakes' mailing list. Just getting the event name in front of people, a lot, is probably important. Vern Zehr created a wonderful poster and flier that was heavily distributed all over the surrounding area in restaurants and businesses as well.
I played that for Dan and Crystal, they jumped on board with the project, and the whole thing really started to work itself out. The Blue Hotel marked a real growth for us in the studio and in our writing as we all shared in responsibilities that normally are left to one person or another. About half of the songs on the CD are character-driven, and the other half attempt to reflect the emotions and atmosphere in the story/play, such as the winter storm and the Swede's slow march through the harsh night to the bar. Also, the song order on the CD is loosely intended to follow the structural narrative of the play.
Mark: This is being put on by a community theater. Power to the people.