A Note from Michael
January is always a good month for beginnings, and this year I resolve I’m only going to play gigs I’m crazy about playing. It’s amazing how Social Security can strengthen one’s artistic integrity. As I grow older I am so more appreciative of Franklin Delano Roosevelt than I’ve ever been. AND he won World War II, too. May turn out to be the last war one could actually win. Thanks to FDR, I’m thrilled to be playing the Lisle Library once again, on the 17th, and working with The Sons Of The Never Wrong at the Winery on the 24th. Plus I get to go to Virginia Tech on the 25th along with Blair Thomas & Co, also along with Laurel and Hardy, following The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine. You know what I like about playing libraries? I don’t have to bring along a book. Happy New Year to all.
Watch “Trail of the Lonesome Pine/Blue Ridge Mtns” with Laurel and Hardy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S0uw2D9nEU
CONCERTS IN ILLINOIS
Sunday, Jan 17, 2 PM
777 Front St meeting room A/B
Sunday, Jan. 24, 8 PM
Sons of the Never Wrong
with Michael Smith
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Ticket Price: $15/$18/$20
MOBY DICK with Blair Thomas & Co
Music composed by Michael Smith
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Street and Davis Performance Hall
Virginia Tech University
At the MCA, Chicago
March & April for Moby Dick – Tickets On Sale Now!
Mar 31, Apr 1, Apr 2, Apr 3
MCA Website: Link
About Blair’s Moby Dick. This contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s classic reunites a team whose work resonates deeply with the American musical and theater landscape. Puppeteer Blair Thomas, songwriter Michael Smith, and percussionist Michael Zerang bring to life the seemingly impossible-to-stage symbolism of the novel by creating a play within a play that explores the implications of storytelling, tracing Ishmael’s hope that recounting his adventure will deliver his soul. In Thomas’s hands, Melville’s unexpectedly modern advice—about the search for purification and spiritual righteousness being the path to self-destruction and tragedy is allowed imaginative care. Smith’s piquant folk-rock songs and seven versatile actor-puppeteers intone his restless engagement with the book’s tension between the seen and unseen, language and silence, as small figures in the universe, watchers of nature, observers of the folly of humanity and religion.
See WORKSHOP video: https://vimeo.com/78041256