"From Copper Town to Motown" and "Even Women Get the Blues" to be recorded at the next Performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree!
Jazz and Blues vocalist Julie McIntosh and Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams will take the stage for the performance/recording of episodes #23 and #24 of The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show. The show, which shares stories, songs and music from the Keweenaw Peninsula, is recorded in front of a live audience at the Calumet Theatre for later radio broadcast. Two hourlong episodes will be recorded: “Copper Town to Motown,” which explores how the histories of these two great cities are interwoven through storytelling and some Motown tunes! The show also celebrates the contributions of the Keweenaw's pioneering women in “Even Women Get the Blues.” We're singing the Blues but this show is sure to lift your spirits.
Vocalist and singer/songwriter Julie McIntosh began her professional career in New York City in the 1980's as lead vocalist with “The Shakes” and “Wreckless Abandon.” She cut her teeth in rock-n-roll, adding a brief stint with Hip-Hop sampling producer John Robie, then moved through the musical genres of Jazz, Rock and Pop until landing in the world of Rhythm and Blues. She has performed with drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, guitarist Billy Hector, and key keyboardist, Tony Z and opened for many notable performers including Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Li'l Ed and The Blues Imperials.
Mary Stewart Adams travels extensively teaching a humanities based approach to understanding the night sky. As a Star Lore Historian and global advocate for naturally dark skies, Adams led the initiative to establish Michigan's only International Dark Sky Park, the 9th in the world at the time. One of the many ways she work to “restore the mythic grandeur of knowing the stars” is through her weekly radio segment “The Storytellers Night Sky, which airs every Monday morning on Interlochen Public radio.
The Red Jacket Jamboree is a production of Real People Media, Inc. and is sponsored by Copper Country Preservation. Hosted by Lena Dorey, the show features Martin Achatz, Poet Laureate of the U.P.,the Red Jacket Actors and instrumental arrangements by the Copper Cats, under the direction of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Jonathan Taylor on percussion. The family show is both educational and entertaining. Free admission for Students 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. The next show is Thursday, June 13th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5 minutes before the show.
The program is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree are aired on Interlochen Public Radio and distributed by PRX Radio Exchange. For more information about this and other upcoming shows, visit www.redjacketjamboree.org. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased through the Calumet Theatre box office: (906) 337-2610 or online.