The Indie folk duo Channing and Quinn and storyteller Bill Jamerson will be the featured guests at the August 17th performance of The Red Jacket Jamboree, a new old-time radio variety show showcasing stories and songs from the Keweenaw Peninsula. The show is performed/recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in downtown Calumet. Two hourlong radio episodes are recorded per performance. The August show celebrates Calumet's Pasty Fest and The Great Deer Chase mountain bike race, both of which take place in Calumet that weekend.
The show, hosted by Lena Dorey, also features humorous sketches performed by the Red Jacket Radio Actors, poetry and musings by Martin Achatz, the Poet Laureate of the U.P. and a wide range of music performed by the Copper Cats, the stage band. The band consists of Jerry Younce on guitar, Bill Carrothers on piano, Harry South on bass and Carrie Biolo on percussion and vibraphone. Biolo is also the show's sound effects artist.
Channing & Quinn are a Grand Rapids based indie folk duo crafting music that blends quirky with creepy, and theatrics with sincerity. The husband and wife collaboration provides entertaining performances marked by Channing's beautiful vocals combined with imaginative and descriptive lyrics and diverse musical instrumentation which includes guitar, ukulele, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, banjo, looping vocals and even tap dancing!
In addition to 3 EP's, the duo has released 3 full length albums “Underneath This Big Striped Tent”, “Temporary Things” and Up North” released in 2016. Their music can be heard in film and television scores, including the soundtrack of “More Than Me” starring former SNL cast member Jim Bruer, “3rd Street Blackout” with Ed Weeks and Janeane Garofalo, and “The Muslims are Coming” featuring comedians Jon Stewart and David Cross. Channing and Quinn have toured and performed with numerous artists including Brian Vander Ark, Langhorne Slim, and Enter The Haggis. More information about the duo can be found at www.channingandquinn.com.
For more than a decade, Bill Jamerson, of Escanaba, has been sharing stories about America's past with his “History through Song” programs. He developed a love of history at an early age inspired by his grandfather's stories about life in the lumberjack camps and living through The Great Depression. Most of the songs presented are based on stories collected from people with first-hand knowledge. Jamerson presents his live programs across the Upper Midwest at a wide variety of venues.
His presentation has been described as a cross between Woody Guthrie and Garrison Keillor. It's the oral tradition of sharing cultural and ethnic traditions with humor, storytelling, and song. The telling of these stories is more than preserving the past; they are a reminder of who we are, and how we got to where we are. And in this way, the stories are as important as they are entertaining. For more information about Bill, visit: www.billjamerson.com
The show is Friday, August 17th at 7pm. The audience is asked to be in their seats 5-10 minutes before the show. Tickets available at www.calumettheatre.com or by calling the Calumet Theatre box office at (906) 337-2610.