Like a Circus Without the Tent

Have you seen Live Wire yet? If not, why? Sure it’s a radio show, but seeing it live should not be missed. It’s like the red headed stepchild of Prairie Home Companion, but without the red hair. To me these shows have a real Portland style and sensibility. If you don’t believe me come see for yourself.

Tonight’s Live Wire show is going to be a circus of fun! The March Fourth Marching Band will be performing. Talk about a circus. How are they going to get those stilts onto the Aladdin stage? The other musical guest is Heroes and Villains. Their music has been called “warped and strangely enchanting”.

What about the clowns you ask?

FFRT will be doing sketch comedy as always. If that isn’t enough clowning for you we also have Hoskins and Breen. They performed recently at Best of the Best Sketchfest to rave reviews. Maybe you know Hoskins as part of Captain Bogg & Salty and you may have seen Breen in the movie “Film Geek” or maybe you saw him last night staring in the best short film (IMHO) of the 48hr Film Project.

Need more?

Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini will interview “dangerous writer” Tom Spanbauer. Plus Anthony Effinger will bring us a report on Xtreme sports and Chris Coleman artistic director of Portland center stage with performers from West Side Story.

What about circus freaks? We want some freaks.

Ralph Huntley and the Muttonchops, Live Wire’s house band, will be there as always and just a glimpse of Ralph’s muttonchops is enough to scare the kiddies for years to come!

Ringleader Courtenay Hameister hosts the show.

All this wonderful local talent! It makes me proud to be a Portlander. There see, just like the circus but without the big elephant poo.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jason Ruby (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    Jonpaul,

    It is so weird. Anna and I went to the Live Wire show in July and just loved it.

    Fast Foward to the Metblogs meetup. You were sitting at the other end of the picnic table and we swore we knew you from somewhere… but for the life of us couldn’t put our fingers on it. But we knew we didn’t know you well enough to say — “Hey – where do we know you from”.. without it sounding creepy.

    Last Night. Faces For Radio walked onto the stage and we both smacked our forheads.. Hey.. It’s that guy!

    Great show last night — And not a bad Sam Jackson either. :)


  2. Jonpaul (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    Ha. Thanks! (blush)
    I hope you say hi next time. I’m shy but, I don’t usually bite.
    I fretted over that stupid S.J. line for weeks. :-)



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