Bumbershoot lineup has Kitsap connections

Bumbershoot announced the music lineup for its Labor Day weekend, and it includes a couple of Kitsap connections.

The top names on the list of performers are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Death Cab For Cutie. Death Cab, of course, is fronted by Olympic High School product Ben Gibbard.

BS16_Poster_Web-vert_rgbThose two acts will doubtless be among the mainstage performers for the Sept. 2-4 festival, which runs on a Friday-Sunday schedule this year instead of the traditional Saturday-Monday.

Lemolo, the dream-pop brain child of North Kitsap’s Meagan Grandall, will be making a return appearance. With a second CD — the excellent “Red Right Return” — to play, they’ll be in the Seattle Center extravaganza for the first time since 2011.

Also among the acts announced for Bumbershoot 2016 are KYGO, Tame Impala, G-Eazy, Pretty Lights, Halsey, DJ Snake, Father John Misty, and … Billy Idol. Every year, the festival seems to come up with one or two veteran artists that up the Cool Quotient, and this year, it’s … Billy Idol.

Passes go on sale April 29 at bumbershoot.com

— MM

Sylvie Davidson goes Western for Rubicon role

Poulsbo’s Sylvie Davidson is putting in a little overtime this weekend at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, Calif., playing Hallie in an extended run of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

Davidson, who recently completed a revival of “Emma” at Book-It Repertory in Seattle, reprising her performance in the title role, is listed as a current resident of Nashville, but has logged regular stage appearances in Seattle both at Book-It and A Contemporary Theatre, mixing her acting career with a parallel life as a singer-songwriter.

The show’s cast includes Hollywood veterans Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.”, “Rizzoli & Isles” on TV) and Jeff Kober (“Sons of Anarchy,” “China Beach”). Originally set to close on March 20, the show proved so popular that the theater extended it through this weekend. DavidsonSylvie2‘s character is the love interest in Jethro Compton‘s script, drawing the attentions of both Bert Barricune (Harrison) and Ransome Foster (Jacques Roy, pictured at left with Davidson).

Broadway World’s review had this to say about Davidson, who also appeared at Rubicon in the Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards-nominated “Lonesome Traveler” when it moved there from off-Broadway:

The only character who surpasses the film’s counterpart is that of Hallie Jackson, the saloon keeper. … Davidson is totally believable in the role, talking coarsely in a dry-as-dust accent, being plain-spoken when she has to, but also capable of being a caring and vulnerable woman who sympathizes with Ransom’s dilemma.”

Davidson’s husband, Trevor Wheetman, is the show’s music director, providing original music that he performs on stage during the show on fiddle and guitars.

— MM

Patrick Haggerty documentary a SXSW winner

These C*cksucking Tears,” director Dan Tabersky‘s film about Bremerton’s Patrick Haggerty, won Best Documentary Short honors at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

The 15-minute film is about the life of Haggerty, who chronicled the struggles of gay men with the songs he wrote for the breakthrough 1973 country album “Lavender Country” (and performed with the band of the same name). A 2014 re-issue of the album brought Haggerty — now 71, performing with a new incarnation of Lavender Country as well as providing entertainment at area retirement homes — significant media attention, and led to both “TheHaggerty C*cksucking  Tears” and an animated documentary short by StoryCorps entitled “The Saint of Dry Creek,” with narration by Haggerty that told about the support and resolve to “not hide” he received from his father.

SXSW finished off a busy week of film festival screenings for “These C*cksucking Tears,” which was also screened at the True/False Festival in Columbia, Mo., and Cinequest in San Jose, Calif. Haggerty and the current Lavender Country lineup also played live at both True/False and SXSW, which wrapped up on March 15. Tabersky reportedly has submitted the film to a number of other festivals around the country.

“These C*cksucking Tears” was recognized at SXSW’s closing-night awards ceremony in Austin’s Paramount Theatre, hosted by fan favorite and “Don’t Think Twice” director Mike Birbiglia.

— MM

Flutist front and center for Bremerton Symphony concert

Principal flutist Deliana Broussard will step to the front of the stage for the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra‘s March 13 concert to play Mozart’s D Major flute concerto.

The “Inextinguishable” concert is named for Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, which is also featured in the pBroussardrogram, along with Saint-Saens’ “March Militaire.”

The Mozart concerto is a change from the program originally scheduled by the symphony. It replaces a Paganini violin concerto. Music director  pointed out that the change is an opportunity to put Broussard into a featured role.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St., with a pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. led by Futterman. Ticket prices range from $26-$8.

Information: 360-373-1722, bremertonsymphony.org.

— MM

Cherisse Martinelli plays ‘Evita’ in Redmond production

Silverdale’s Cherisse Martinelli will play the title role in Second Story Repertory’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita,” which opens with a preview performance March 3.

No straCherisse_Martinellinger to Kitsap audiences, Martinelli has been making her mark in theaters around Puget Sound, including recent shows at Stageright (“The Great American Trailer Park Musical”), Seattle Musical Theatre (“Man of La Mancha”) and Leavenworth Summer Theater (“Annie Get Your Gun”) She also appeared recently at Second Story, located in the Redmond Town Center, in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

She was a regular in shows at both CSTOCK and Klahowya  Secondary School before moving on to Central Washington University, where she earned her BFA in Musical Theater. She was also Miss West Sound for 2015.

Performances of “Evita” are on Thursdays through Sundays through April 3 at SecondStory,7325 166th Ave. NE. Ticket information is available at 425-881-6777 and secondstoryrep.org.

— MM

Lavender Country will be all over SXSW festivals

Lavender Country, the band formed, re-formed and fronted by Bremerton’s Patrick Haggerty, will play a 40-minute set at the fabled South by Southwest music festival.

Additionally, a 15-minute documentary film about Haggerty and the band, “These C*cksucking Tears,” will be screened on three occasions during SXSW’s film festival. (The photo of Haggerty below is a still from the film.)

Haggerty, now 72, wrote the songs for Lavender Country’s eponymous album, which was released in 1973. Touted as the first openly gay country music, it received limited exposure at the time and fell into obscuHaggertyrity until it was re-issued in 2014 by an archival label and garnered both critical acclaim and considerable media attention.

SXSW’s Web site describes the album “Lavender Country” as “nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political protest document of enormous power, clarity and grace.”

Haggerty, in a May 2014 Kitsap Sun story, said he considered the album, at the time it was first released, to be “a bootleg, basically. It was a lyrical description of the problems gay men were facing at the time.

“And now, here’s this younger generation of aficionados who are behind this revival. They want to hear what it says. That represents a huge cultural shift.”

The film, directed by Dan Taberski, gets its title from one of “Lavender Country’s” songs, “Cryin’ These C*cksuckin’ Tears.” The 15-minute documentary covers Haggerty’s upbringing in rural northern Washington, the making of the album and its discovery 40 years later by the North Carolina record label Paradise of Bachelors.

Lavender Country perform a SXSW showcase set at noon March 19 at the Hideout Theatre.

Information: SXSW.com

— MM

Lemolo set March 18 date at Triple Door

Dream-pop band Lemolo — aka North Kitsap-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meagan Grandall — is set to headline a March 18 show at the Triple Door in Seattle.Lemolo

The all-ages show will begin at 8 p.m. with Abby Gundersen opening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Triple Door is at 216 Union St., on the north side of Union across from Benaroya Hall.

Lemolo released their second full-length CD, “Red Right Return,” last fall, and then embarked on a nation-wide “house concert” tour. Adrian Centoni, the drummer on that monthlong road swing, will behind the kit for the Triple Door show as well.

Tickets are $18, and are available by calling 206-838-4333, or online at thetripledoor.net

— MM

Paradise moves to yet another interim stage

Paradise Theatre‘s production of “Nunsense” will go on as scheduled this weekend … just not on the company’s new stage.

Week 2 of the show will by hosted by the Gig Harbor Eagles club at 4425 Burnham Dr. Showtimes will be as scheduled, with 7:30 p.m. curtains on Feb. 26 and 27 and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on Feb. 27, as well.

Permitting delays have prevented Paradise from occupying its interim home at 3114 Judson St. Performances of “Nunsense’s” opening weekend were hosted by the Best Western Plus Wesley Inn and Suites in Gig Harbor.

Paradise has been working on the Judson Street site since losing its former venue, on Burnham Drive north of town, to new development.

The possibility remains that “Nunsense” actually be performed in the Judson Street venue for the final weekend of the run, March 4 and 5.

Information: 253-851-7529, paradisetheatre.org

— MM

Rodeo Drive-In to open March 4

The Rodeo Drive-In will open for the 2016 season March 4, with all three screens in action on a Friday-Saturday-Sunday basis.

The opening-weekend schedule, as supplied by the Rodeo, is: Screen 1 — “Zootopia” (PG), followed by “The Finest Hours” (PG-13); Screen 2 — “Kung Fu Panda 3” (PG), followed by “Daddy’s Home” (PG-13); and Screen 3 — “Deadpool,” followed by “The Revenent” (both  R).

The theater issued a caution about the Ryan Reynolds superhero movie “Deadpool,” calling both it and the Leonardo DiCaprio film “The Revenant” “hard R.” “Parents and guardians bringing customers under the age of 17 into this double feature should come prepared to show valid ID,” the theater said in a statement on their Facebook page.

Information on showtimes and box office opening times will be available at 360-698-6030 and rodeodrivein.com.

— MM

Paradise postpones Gig Harbor re-opening

Paradise Theatre‘s production of “Nunsense” — its first show since moving to its new downtown Gig Harbor location — has been postponed, according to co-artistic director Vicki Richards.

The show was set to open Feb. 5. But delays with construction permits have set back preparations for the new venue at 3114 Judson St., necessitating a push-back for opening night. Richards, who fronts the company with her husband, Jeff Richards, said they hope to open the show on Feb. 18, and determine how the run will fall into place as soon as possible.

“It’s all a moving piece right now,” Vicki Richards said of the project to convert Paradise’s new spac20160113_203250e into a proper performance venue. “We just got to a point with all the permits and the contractors where we were cutting things too impossibly close” to make the Feb. 5 opening.

“It’s coming along,” she added. “The stage is built, a lot of the work is done. We’re doing what we can.” Some work couldn’t be undertaken, though, until the building permits arrived and materials could be ordered.

Paradise lost its home of more than a decade at the end of last year when the Fishermen’s Hall building off Burnham Drive was scheduled for the wrecking ball to make room for new development north of Gig Harbor.

Richards said the Feb. 18 opening will continue Paradise’s opening-night wine-and-cheese nosh prior to the show. The cast (pictured above, clockwise from top left) includes Courtney Turnley, Sylvia Shaw, Nita Wilson, Ashley Roy and Shannon Burch.

Paradise is far from the first area company to postpone an opening in the past few months; their delay is for different reasons, though. Since November, four other shows have been delayed by illnesses or injuries suffered by cast members.

Information: 253-851-7529, paradisetheatre.org

— MM