When: Friday's in August. 9pm. (August 10, 17, 24, 31)
Four episodes of The Red Jacket Jamboree, Michigan's new old-time radio variety show, will be broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio beginning Friday, August 10. The hour-long episodes will air at 9pm Eastern time on FM stations, 91.5 Traverse City; 90.1 Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 Manistee.
“This is an important milestone for The Red Jacket Jamboree,” remarked Rebecca Glotfelty, Executive Director of Real People Media, the nonprofit organization which produces the show, “Interlochen Public Radio has acknowledged the show's high production quality as well as its content, which shares history and culture in a way that's educational and entertaining for all ages. Although the show is performed/recorded in Calumet and focuses on the history and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula, it resonates with listeners across the state.”
The Red Jacket Jamboree features stories, music and songs reflecting the history, landscape and culture of the Keweenaw Peninsula. To date, Real People Media has recorded 12 hourlong radio episodes. The show is performed and recorded in front of a live audience at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet. The next show on Friday, August 17th celebrate Pasty Fest and the Great Deer Chase mountain bike race which take place on Saturday, August 18 in Calumet. The show will feature indie-folk duo Channing and Quinn of Grand Rapids and Storyteller Bill Jamerson of Escanaba.
“The Keweenaw National Historical Park, which is located in Calumet, is a contributor to the show,” adds Glotfelty, “they write “Madame Blanc,” a humorous sketch in which Madame Blanc uncovers the mysteries and history of Copper Country. The sketch is fun and provides a lot of information.”
Hosted by Lena Dorey, The show also features performances 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.
“People have described the show as the Michigan version of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion,” remarked Glotfelty. “We were all fans of that show and we'll occasionally reference it. Madame Blanc, written by KNHP Superintendent Wyndeth Davis, gives a wink and a nod to Garrison's “Guy Noir,' which Garrison himself modeled after the radio drama's of the 30s and 40s.”
The Red Jacket Jamboree is presented by Main Street Calumet and Real People Media, a nonprofit with the mission to help people share their stories through the literary, visual performing and media arts.. The 2017-2018 season is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Leo S. Guthman Fund, The Michigan Humanities Council, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, business sponsors and private donors.
For more information about the show visit the website: www.redjacketjamboree.org. Tickets for upcoming shows can be purchased online at www.calumettheatre.com or by calling the Calumet Theatre Box Office at (906) 337-2610. The audience is asked to be in their seats 10 minutes prior to the performance.
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.