Sunday evening concerts
Open Gate Theatre and Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
Open Gate Dionysus Band
January 5, 2020
at 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts,
Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
(one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
Admission is $10,
(students, seniors, and past series performers half price)
Open Gate Dionysus Band:
Will Salmon - flutes and voice
Breana Gilcher - oboe, english horn
Alec Santamaria- viola
Alexander Vogel - saxophones
Darren Dvoracek - tuba, trombone
Brad Dutz - drums percussion
Tuba Heatherton - accordion etc.
(also puppets and their -teers)
Haskel Joseph - guitars
Darryl Tewes - bass guitar
Breeze Smith - drums, percussion
Some version of the Open Gate Ensemble, commandeered by Open Gate Theatre founder-director Will Salmon, has been featured in each seasonal three-month series of concerts. To kick off a new year of monthly concerts, Salmon is presenting the Open Gate Dionysus Band, a group of musicians and performers who have worked in Salmon’s stage production of Dionysus in Hell. This means the emphasis is more on theatricality, wit, absurdity, energy, entertainment, and an elevated, albeit often wacky, sense of celebration. Joining Salmon (flutes, etc.) in the highly eclectic and eccentric ensemble will be veteran clown Tuba Heatherton (accordion, etc.), Breana Gilcher (oboe), Alec Santamaria (viola), Alexander Vogel (saxophones), Darren Dvoracek (tuba), and irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Brad Dutz (percussion). Expect fun to be the keyword for beginning 2020 at Open Gate!
Opening the evening will be a trio known as MoonVille, featuring frequent Open Gate presence Breeze Smith, whose multi-sonic percussion vocabulary and improvisational instincts will support and interact with accomplished guitarist Haskel Joseph and consistently inventive and fluid/solid bass guitarist Darryl Tewes. Fully exploring the wide-open terrain of multidirectional spontaneous music-making, MoonVille delivers the kind of engaging and genre-defying musical experience that so characterizes the kind of vital artistic expression so consistently presented at Open Gate. Happy new year!
(Text: Alex Cline)