Megan Bee at Ohio University’s Scripps Amphitheater: 16 September 2021

Artist: Megan Bee

Artist Location: Athens, Ohio

Info: 

“Singer-songwriter Megan Bee writes with an unquenchable wanderlust and a raw love for the land.  In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING, which was named album of the year by THE ARK OF MUSIC.  The album follows her 2017 release LIKE A CANYON which won The Ohio Music Awards Best Americana and Best Singer-Songwriter Album along with a finalist spot in the 2018 USA Songwriting Competition. 

“Her music is a blend of distinctly homespun vocals, acoustic simplicity, yearning soulfulness, and winsome storytelling. Megan’s background as an environmental educator, traveling farmhand, and vagabond once took her into a desert wilderness where she found her voice around a campfire.  She bases out of the rolling hills of Athens, Ohio and frequently roams the country playing festivals, coffeehouses, brewpubs, house concerts, and around campfires.   

“She seems to have nothing to prove and no agenda, just to write her heart and then sing it. […] The album is beautifully produced, and Megan’s voice cuts like a warbling bird through the music, like a line on a map.”  Hold the Note Magazine

“WAITING is wonderfully uncomplicated, genuinely soulful, and as storied as its creator — a true masterpiece that showcases stellar Bee’s songwriting skills phenomenally.” The Ark of Music 

“… warm and inviting … incredibly organic sounding. It sounds pure and human throughout.” Divide and Conquer

“In the summer of 2020 she released her third studio album, WAITING. Recorded on the brink of a global pandemic in a humble basement studio, intimate vocals and soulful lyrics are supported by a simple production that pulls you in to the closeness and warmth of these songs. “

Bruce Dalzell Introduces Megan Bee

Genre: Americana.  Singer-Songwriter.

Links: 

Megan Bee on Bandcamp

https://meganbeemusic.bandcamp.com

Megan Official Website

https://meganbeemusic.com

Megan Bee on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPXELJpspZd1nPUGtksxoHw

Megan Bee on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/meganbeemusic/

Megan Bee: Live From Home

https://www.ohio.edu/performing-arts/live-home-megan-bee

Price for WAITING album on Bandcamp: $1 (USD) for single track; $10 (USD) for nine-track album

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes — Audiences, Censorship, Children

Audiences

• John Barrymore could be temperamental on stage. Mr. Barrymore once grew irritated at an audience that coughed too much, so he flung a fish at it and cried, “Busy yourselves with that, you d*mned walruses, while the rest of us proceed with the play!”

• After watching Eve Ensler perform her play The Vagina Monologues, an entranced 70-year-old man told her that he “finally got it.” A few weeks later, he brought his girlfriend to the play, and she thanked Ms. Ensler.

Censorship

• Jewish actor Zero Mostel was a victim of the blacklist during the McCarthy era. While he was working on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the services of Jerome Robbins, who staged songs, were needed. Mr. Robbins had been a friendly witness in the House Un-American Committee hearings, and people worried that Mr. Mostel might not want to work with Mr. Robbins. But Mr. Mostel said, “We of the left do not blacklist.”

• Mae West was often faced with censorship. For example, she wrote and starred in a play titled Sex, about a group of prostitutes. As a result, she was arrested, put on trial, found guilty, fined $500, and sentenced to 10 days in prison. Although she wore a prison uniform like the other prisoners, underneath she wore her own silk underwear.

• Ancient Roman playwrights suffered from censorship. For example, they could be put in prison or exiled if they defamed a very important person. However, they figured out a way to avoid punishment and still attack their targets. They set their plays’ locations in Greece and made their characters — which were sometimes based on important Romans — Greeks.

Children

• Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár was very leery of child actors because of an experience that happened during a play staged by Max Reinhardt’s Vienna Repertory. The play called for a five-year-old boy who had no lines. Because the part was so easy, the nephew of the stage manager was called into action. Unfortunately, it was a dramatic scene in which one of the characters shouted, and this scared the boy so much that he wet himself on stage. Also unfortunately, the stage was raked (that is, slanted), and the stream of urine began to flow downstage — directly toward the prompter’s box, where the prompter was sitting. Of course, the audience members in the high seats were watching the stream of urine, which was clearly visible, and wondering what the prompter would do. Just before the stream of urine reached the prompter’s box, the prompter’s hand reached out and diverted the urine away from his box.

• While he was in kindergarten, children’s book author Tomie DePaola hoped to get the lead role in the class production of Peter Rabbit, but because he talked so much, his teacher gave him the minor role of Flopsy instead. In his dancing class, he had learned that when acting on stage, he should react to what the other actors did. Therefore, when the actor playing Peter Rabbit did anything, Flopsy reacted — opening his mouth in shock, waving his arms, putting his hands over his ears. Naturally, all this reacting got a lot of attention and gave the audience pleasure — with the result that Flopsy stole the show. Afterward, Tomie’s mother made him apologize to his teacher and to the child playing Peter Rabbit, but Tomie apologized when no one could hear him, because he wasn’t very sorry.

• While on tour in Edinburgh, Scotland, John Gielgud played the lead role in Macbeth. Unfortunately, he found a matinee of Scottish schoolchildren very difficult, as they giggled during the performance and threw paper cups. However, Mr. Gielgud was astonished when they laughed when his character kissed Lady Macbeth at breakfast. When he made a speech a few days later, he mentioned his astonishment at the laughter, and the next day a letter appeared in The Scotsman and explained the laughter: “We do understand Mr. Gielgud’s feelings, but perhaps he did not realize that husbands and wives in Scotland do not kiss at breakfast-time.”

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Music Recommendation: Magnatone — “Drag City”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC 

Music: “Drag City”

Album: IF IT AIN’T TASTY IT AIN’T MELTED​.​.​. THE MELTED RECORDS YEARS (1995​-​2001) (Free Bandcamp download) mixtape sampler

Artist: Magnatone

Record Company: Rum Bar Records

Record Company Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Info: 

“Rum Bar Records is turning into one of the absolute best labels for real rock and roll these days, if you haven’t gotten hip to that trip. It’s the boss sound from the Boss-town.” – Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly’s Teenage Wasteland WFMU

“Disclaimer: Including all the snaps, crackles, skips, hisses & pops of your favorite worn out record and high school mixed tape. This is not a proper retrospective, or full compilation into the label’s releases, it is just a glimpse into the awesome world and music that came out of Melted Records with a hope that we will be able to present more to you down the line, enjoy.”

Band Pro Tip: When you choose a band name, make sure people can find your band on social  media, including YouTube. (Of course, in 1995-1998, this wasn’t a consideration.”

“There was a time when rock & roll didn’t have to be heady, groundbreaking or poetic–just fun. While most musicians seem to have forgotten those early primal impulses, Magnatone hasn’t. Stealing from everyone, the trio puts together a collection of catchy garage-pop songs that generally clock in under three minutes. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tom Rosenthal not only shamelessly robs Graham Parker of his chord progressions (which Graham himself shamelessly swiped from his late ’50s/early ’60s influences), but somehow he also manages to steal his voice. Johnny O’Halloran’s revived Mersey-beat drumming and Jacques Wait’s melodic bass lines round out a sound that is raw, fast, and furious. No, Magnatone’s debut is not earth shattering, but it is, beyond a doubt, irresistible. –Bill Snyder”

Brewzerr wrote this two-paragraph review on Amazon:

“Well I know this review comes about 6 years [now 23 years] after this severely underrated band’s untimely breakup, but I’ll sleep better knowing I put my 2 cents in on this overlooked treasure. I saw these guys play in Austin, TX back in ’97 and we became fast friends. A few months later I went on the road with them up the I-35 corridor and I could write a book about how much fun we had on that short trip… but back to the album (that’s why you’re reading this, right?). This is hard-edged power pop perfection. Very few people these days even know what power pop is. The frequently made misjudgment is that it is the same as “pop punk”. The fact of the matter is that the two genres are VERY different. Power pop is a genre that emerged in the early 70’s with bands like the Raspberries, Big Star, and the Flamin’ Groovies… bands who coupled the 60’s pop stylings of the Beatles and the Byrds with 70’s angst and distortion to give it a harder edge. The genre reached a zenith in the late 70’s and early 80’s with bands like (early) Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Paul Collins’ Beat, The Knack, The Records, and The Plimsouls.

“So enough with the history lesson. Like I said, this album is a perfect modern example of this genre. It doesn’t come off as retro and it is definitely pop… but with balls. Every song on this short but sweet disc has all the best ingredients of power pop. Had this album been picked up by a more ambitious label I have no doubt in my mind that it would have spawned more than one number-one hit. Just listen to the amazing “Up in Flames” and tell me that shouldn’t have been tearing up the airwaves! It’s a damn shame these guys broke up way before their time. Oh well… the CD is still here so by all means buy it and hear what most of the world missed out on.”

Magnotone’s “Boys Say” is also on this album.

Formed: November 1995, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Disbanded: 1998

Members: Tom Rosenthal (vocals, guitar), Jacques Wait (bass, vocals), Johnny O’Halloran (drums)

Price: Name Your Own Price (Includes FREE) for 33-track album

Genre: Rock

Links: 

IF IT AIN’T TASTY IT AIN’T MELTED

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/if-it-aint-tasty-it-aint-melted-the-melted-records-years-1995-2001-free-bandcamp-download-mixtape-sampler

Rum Bar Records

https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes — Audiences

Audiences

• English entertainer Joyce Grenfell ran into a problem while touring in Australia. There, the custom was to buy a box of chocolates and eat them during the second half of an entertainment. Unfortunately, the chocolates were wrapped in crinkly wrappers that made a lot of noise. Ms. Grenville ignored the distraction for two nights, but on the third night she told the audience that if they ate the chocolates after her performance, they could enjoy both her performance and the chocolates, but that if they ate the chocolates now, she would be obliged to cancel her performance. The audience was shocked for a moment, then put away the chocolates.

• In Olsen and Johnson’s stage show Hellzapoppin’, a gag was that a chorus girl — who had been planted in the audience — would come on stage and “accidentally” step on a blower that would blow her skirt high. During one performance an elderly woman came on stage (Olsen and Johnson used lots of audience participation) and really did accidentally step on the blower. Her reaction to her skirt’s flying in the air was immediate: She used her umbrella to beat everybody in sight. The audience roared with laughter, and Olsen and Johnson kept the bit in the show — but they used a cast member to play the part of the elderly woman.

• James J. Davis was Secretary of Labor early in the 20th century. Previous to going into politics, he worked in an opera house, where he appeared in several Shakespearean plays, including Richard III. In the scene in which Richard III says, “A horse, a horse; my kingdom for a horse,” Mr. James and the other young actors were battling mightily on stage, with many shouts of “Hey! Hey!” A man from the audience shouted, “Don’t order so much hay, boys, until you see whether he gets the horse or not!”

• Harry Houdini performed many of his escapes behind a screen. He would escape from a seemingly diabolical device quickly, then remain behind the screen and read a book as the members of the audience grew more and more worried about his safety. When the members of the audience started to shout for someone to rescue him, Houdini would emerge from behind the screen, pretending to be exhausted, as if he had been struggling to escape the whole time.

• After a show in Kalamazoo, Michigan, lesbian performance artist Holly Hughes thought that she had “totally bombed.” Afterward, a woman who had been in the audience approached her, and Ms. Hughes looked at her hair — her big hair — and again Ms. Hughes thought that she had bombed. But no — the woman had loved her performance and thought that it was the best thing she had seen since The Love Boat had been cancelled.

• In 1948, Henry Fonda starred in Mister Roberts on Broadway. Opening night was a major success, with the audience members cheering and cheering while standing on their seats. Finally, Mr. Fonda told them, “This is all Tom and Josh [Tom Heggen and Joshua Logan, the authors] wrote for us. If you want, we can start all over again.” Later, a critic wrote, “I hung around awhile, hoping they would.”

• Ancient Roman audiences did not mind leaving in the middle of a performance of a play if they felt that better entertainment was available elsewhere. During a performance of Terence’s Mother-in-Law, the audience left to see some performing ropedancers and boxers nearby. When Mother-in-Law was produced a second time, the audience left to watch gladiators fight.

• Al Jolson was a huge star. While appearing in the musical Big Boy, he once asked the audience, “Do you want me, or do you want the show?” The audience shouted, “We want Al! We want Al!” Therefore, Mr. Jolson let the cast have the night off, and he entertained the audience solo.

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Music Recommendation: Caitlin Kraus — “On the Way Down”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “On the Way Down”

Album: WHAT RISES

Artist: Caitlin Kraus

Artist Location: Athens, Ohio

Info:

“Originally from Columbus, OH, Caitlin Kraus is a singer and songwriter living in Athens, OH. Kraus has performed her music solo and with a band over the past decade. Her music is melodic, largely lyric-based, and falls within indie-folk/alternative genres.”

tomriggs, a fan, wrote, “Caitlin Kraus with a full band was bound to be a treasure to behold. This is that. The production flourishes do exactly what they should: take Kraus’s music to wonderful heights. Favorite track: ‘On the Way Down.’”

First full-length album 

All lyrics & music © 2020 Caitlin Kraus

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for 13-track album

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Links:

WHAT RISES

https://caitlinkrausmusic.bandcamp.com/album/what-rises

Caitlin Kraus on Bandcamp

https://caitlinkrausmusic.bandcamp.com

Caitlin Kraus Music Official Site

https://caitlinkrausmusic.com

Caitlin Kraus YouTube Channel

Caitlin Kraus: Top Tracks

Caitlin Kraus: Ohio University Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy

Caitlin Kraus Music on Facebook

Caitlin Kraus Music on Instagram

Caitlin Kraus Music on Spotify

Caitlin Kraus on YouTube Music

Caitlin Kraus at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Scripps Amphitheater: 9 September 2021

https://davidbrucemusic.wordpress.com/2021/09/14/caitlyn-kraus-at-ohio-university-scrips-amphitheater-9-september-2021/

 

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Theater: 250 Anecdotes — Animals, Audiences

Animals

• William Butler Yeats wrote some plays in the Japanese Noh style, including The Hawk’s Wells, which created a problem. The stage direction “The Girl gives the cry of the hawk” appears twice, but Yeats, choreographer/dancer Michio Ito, and costume/mask designer Edmund Dulac did not know what the cry of the hawk sounded like. They made a few trips to a zoo, but were unsuccessful in hearing the cry of a hawk, even though Mr. Dulac prodded a hawk with his umbrella. Finally, they decided that the Japanese word for hawk, taka, was onomatopoeic, and so when the Girl gave the cry of the hawk, she cried taka.

• Before he became a success, Jack Benny was desperate for work. Hearing that an animal act was needed at a vaudeville theater, he borrowed two Pekinese dogs and showed up to work. However, Mr. Benny simply tied the dogs to some scenery on stage, and then performed his regular act of telling jokes. While paying Mr. Benny his $25 fee, the theater manager remarked that the animal act was very peculiar and asked, “Don’t your dogs do any tricks?” Mr. Benny pocketed the money, then replied, “Not at these prices, they don’t.”

• The part of Nana, the nanny-dog in James M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan, was based on Luath, Mr. Barrie’s Newfoundland dog. To create the costume for Nana, costumers copied Luath’s black-and-white coat. For one performance, Luath made an appearance on stage during a curtain call — the audience was delighted. Afterward, Luath was famous and took liberties during his walks at Kensington Gardens. Sometimes, he would even eat buns that he had taken from babies.

• Jack Benny once performed in USO shows in Europe. After a performance one night, he and some other performers were riding back to their quarters on base when an MP ordered them to stop. The jeep didn’t stop fast enough for the MP, so he fired some shots into the air. After the jeep had stopped and the MP was inspecting the entertainers’ papers, a black cat crossed in front of the jeep. Mr. Benny watched the black cat, then said, “Now he tells us.”

• Mrs. Patrick Campbell certainly loved her dog. When a taxi driver accused her dog of making a puddle in the back of his taxi, Mrs. Campbell rose to the defense of her pet by claiming, “I did it!”

Audiences

• Marga Gomez, the lesbian author of Marga Gomez is Pretty, Witty, and Gay, ran into problems the first time she performed this one-person theatrical piece. Because the piece was new, she placed cheat sheets on the set, out of the sight of the audience. Unfortunately, she accidentally kicked the sheets, mixing them up, and she had to wing the rest of the performance. However, this was not her most terrifying performance. That occurred when she thought Cher was in the audience. All during the performance, she was afraid she would forget her lines. After the performance, she discovered that Cher hadn’t been there — just a man who looked like Cher.

• When Eli Wallach was studying to be an actor, he often attended plays (with cheap tickets) in New York. He once watched a play titled Waiting for Lefty, which was about a taxi-driver strike. Mr. Wallach sat by a man who looked as if he was a taxi driver and who became very interested in the acting on stage. Eventually, an actor on stage started shouting, “Strike! Strike!” The man next to Mr. Wallach jumped to his feet and started shouting, “Strike! Strike!” Carried away by the emotion beside and in front of him, Mr. Wallach also jumped to his feet and started shouting, “Strike! Strike!” Other members of the audience felt the same way and did the same thing.

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Music Recommendation: Os Mutantes — “Ave, Lucifer”

BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: “Ave, Lucifer”

Album: LIVE AT THE BARBICAN THEATRE

Artist: Os Mutantes

Artist Location: Brazil

Record Company: Luaka Bob

Record Company Location: New York, New York

Info: “The late 60’s in Brasil produced an explosion of creativity that is still reverberating throughout the worid … and Os Mutantes (The Mutants) were the most outrageous band of that period. Their creative cannibalism produced psychedelic gems unlike anything else, and they sound as relevant today as anything happening anywhere. They were exactly what their name implies — a mutant genetic recombination of John Cage, The Beatles, and bossa nova. A creature that was too strange and beautiful to live for very long, but too strong to ever fade away. It lives again. Be prepared.” — David Byrne

“Luaka Bop is a record label established by David Byrne in 1989.”

“How did 60s Brazil produce the wildest, most psychedelic rock’n’roll group of them all? And why, three decades on, has the rest of the world gone crazy over them? As the DAILY TELEGRAPH put it ‘people talk about cult bands, but there should be a separate category for Os Mutantes, who have had a fanatical following among music lovers for years.’ Against all odds, in May 2006 the band reunited for the first time in over 30 years for a euphoric show at the Barbican’s Tropicalia Festival. This is the recording of this historic concert, with special guests Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson.”

“Os Mutantes are an influential Brazilian rock band that were linked with the Tropicália movement, a dissident musical movement during the Brazilian dictatorship of the late 1960s. They released their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1968. Although the original line-up made the most notable breakthrough for the group, it has gone through numerous personnel changes throughout its existence. After a hiatus from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the band reunited in 2006, touring and recording new material.”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 (USD) for 21-track album

Genre: Rock.

Links:

LIVE AT THE BARBICAN THEATRE

https://osmutantes.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-barbican-theatre

Os Mutantes on Bandcamp

https://osmutantes.bandcamp.com

Os Mutantes – Topic

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs2f3CbQaKctne90X5DUIkA

OsMutantesVEVO

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8mpZohc-SNccNJlPxYxucQ

Luaka Bop

https://luakabop.bandcamp.com

Caitlin Kraus at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Scripps Amphitheater: 9 September 2021

At Scripps Amphitheater (Jenna Reitz: Photographer)
Self-Portrait

Above: “Pink Cloud”

Above: Interview and “Waiting for the World”

Caitlin Kraus YouTube Channel

Caitlin Kraus: Top Tracks

Caitlin Kraus Music Official Site

Caitlin Kraus: Ohio University Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy

Caitlin Kraus, MT-BC, LPC (she/her)

Music Therapist – Board Certified

Licensed Professional Counselor

Above: “Follow Me”

Caitlin Kraus Music on Facebook

Caitlin Kraus Music on Instagram

Caitlin Kraus Music on Spotify

Caitlin Kraus on YouTube Music

Caitlyn Kraus at Salvage Vanguard Theater (Full Show)
Caitlyn Kraus Band
Caitlyn Kraus Images from Google Search

Caitlin Kraus on Bandcamp

WHAT RISES