Radio Free Charleston episode 129, “Adventure Wars Shirt” is in the books, and in this blog, right up there. See?And we’re still in Hi-Def!
This week we feature music by Blue Million, HARRAH and Ryan Hardiman. We also have a preview of the new CYAC show, “Airwaves.” There’s animation by Frank Panucci, too, but the less said about that, the better. This episode of the show includes some harsher language than usual, but it’s all tasteful and in context and we’re on the web so there’s really no way to get in trouble anyway.
Host segments were shot on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Five Corners on Charleston’s West Side. To give you some insight into the RFC guerilla filmmaking process, each show starts with a minimal script. Usually one page of large print. It basically exists to remind me of the band’s name, the song title and any upcoming gigs that we might be plugging for them. I ad-lib around this rough outline.
Sometimes, if I’m distracted by crappy weather, or heavy traffic, or both, and I want to rush through the host segment shoot so I can get to work on the show, I might draw a blank and leave out a key word or five.
Which is why, in this show, I never actually utter the words, “Five Corners.” I forgot.
The reason we shot there was to help promote Free Comic Book Day, which happens this coming Saturday, May 7. You can visit Lost Legion Games and Comics, The Rifleman, all day Saturday and choose from dozens of free comics to excite and over-stimulate your mind.
In the spirit of this great comic-book-culture event, the titular shirt for this show is “Adventure Wars,” a mash-up of “Adventure Time” and “Star Wars.” This shirt was designed by TheStray, and sold by Teefury.com.You can check out more designs by Thestray over at his DeviantArt page.
Before we get too far into the show, there’s animation by Frank, and we run the promo for this weekend’s East End Yard Sale again. Saturday morning, starting at 7 AM, you can rummage through people’s stuff on the East End without getting into trouble. They’ll even sell you things.
Our first musical guest is Blue Million. We recorded Alan, Andy and Gary a couple of weekends ago at The Empty Glass. I’ve known Alan Griffith and the guys for more than 20 years, and I’m always in awe of his songwriting and performing prowess.
Blue Million treats us to the lead song off of their new 6 Song EP, “Down To A Groove.” This is a great, slow, relaxed groove that shows off Alan’s slide guitar mojo.You can purchase the CD yourself and catch the band in action (plus some fine food and drink) at Bruno’s on May 20.
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company of Charleston presents a brand-new drama this week. “Airwaves” is written by Dan Kehde, and I’ve purposely kept myself in the dark about the plot because I want to be surprised when I go to see it on Thursday. I know that it involves rabble-rousing talk-radio folks and riled-up terrorists. Talented young filmmaker, Austin Susman, produced the preview clip that we include in this episode of the show. It’ll give you a taste of what to expect.
“Airwaves” runs May 5-7 and 12-14 at The WVSU Captiol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street in Charleston. It starts at 8 PM each day, and tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students.
Our next musical guest is HARRAH. We caught the guys a couple of months ago at The Sound Factory. Lee Harrah has become an invaluable assett to RFC lately as a cameraman and production assistant. You’ve seen him on the show previously the bands The Ghosts Of Now and WATT4, as well as impersonating one Ozzy Osbourne. HARRAH is Lee’s showcase, where he performs songs from his entire career, backed by Kenny Booth, Andy Jones and Eric Seckman.
HARRAH unleashes the song, “Green (Day of Rage),” inspired by Lee’s favorite super-hero, The Incredible Hulk.
Playing us out this week is Ryan Hardiman, the winner of Symphony Idol, star of countless local musical productions like “Jack The Ripper” and “Rent,” and a good friend of RFC. This weekend Ryan is the featured performer with The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Part of the ZMM Pops Series, “From Broadway To Broad Street” sees Ryan lending his voice to 13 lovingly-chosen tunes, backed by the WVSO under the baton of Maestro Grant Cooper, himself. This all takes place in the Maier Peformance Hall at The Clay Center.
The shows are this Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. For full ticket information call 304-561-3570, or visit the Clay Center’s website. We’re binging you Ryan, backed by Mark Scarpelli, from last year’s “Good Night” event, performing a great cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church.
That’s about it for this week’s show. Next week we’re looking at lobbing some Charleston Light Opera Guild and C2J2 your way, along with some other surprises.