Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Two New Shows at the Calvin Theatre on sale this Friday - Josh Ritter - Whose Live Anyway?

Josh returns to Northampton to headline the Calvin Theatre for the first time! Josh Ritter released what many call his masterpiece in 2006: His folk-rock opus The Animal Years is a meticulously constructed album of protest songs that seem somehow to exist both in the real world and in one of Ritter's own imagination. In Ritter's half-sung, half-spoken vocals and unlikely first-person songs, Bob Dylan's influence shines through, but Ritter is far less sardonic -- and more likely to pull back for a wider view of the way the world's injustices meet up with its beauty. His 2007 album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter adds urgency and distortion to his reading of modern Americana (without losing the anachronistic pop-culture references; one song, "To the Dogs or Whoever," drops Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc and Calamity Jane into the belly of Jonah's whale), and last year's Live at the 9:30 Club puts those songs in front of an audience in Washington, D.C.

Josh Ritter + The Low Anthem, Thursday, December 3rd at 8PM at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton.

Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles (Drew Carey Show, Two and a Half Men), Greg Proops (True Jackson - VP), Chip Esten (The Office, New Adventures of Old Christine) and Jeff Davis (Whose Line) will leave you gasping with the hilarious scenes and songs they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is the key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage. Whose Live Anyway performs some of the games made famous from the Emmy Nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? plus some new ones.

Whose Live Anyway? Saturday, May 8th at 8PM at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton.

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