Resistance – Young Rippers

It’s a little wacky this week, all over.

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The metal machinists, Resistance, are in the studio this week. Young dudes with a heavy sound that truly turns some of us around on this whole metal thing. Kenner Casteel-Snider (Vocals), Levi Bower (Drums), Cody Sprague (Guitar), Eric Terry (Guitar) and Elijah Frandsen (Bass) are the crew of Resistance. They’ve been playing with a lot of great acts in town over the last couple of years and are building a solid following. They also like dick jokes. and gay jokes. Lots and lots of dick up in here this week.

Elijah Frandsen's hand flipping off Cody Sprague who is flipping off the camera in a "Country as fuck" t-shirt

Elijah and Cody

Elijah Frandsen double Flipping off Eric Terry, behind him

Elijah and Eric (Nice ME hoodie, nerd)

We take a call at the top of the show to chat with Alon Burton of our favorite local boys in the big city heroes, Merkin! Merkin is coming back to Reno fot a two night limited engagement during the OffBeat Festival, happening all over Reno Nov 5-8. This is an amazing event with 13 venues and dozens of acts, local and regional. Your favorite local bands and performers will be out in force rocking hard until late late night. If you haven’t already purchased your all-access wristbands, you will want to ASAP. You really don’t want to miss it.

Elijah Frandsen flipping off Levi who looks on with no emotion

Levi and Elijah

Elijah Frandsen waving a wooden phallus at Kenner Casteel while they flip each other off.

Elijah and Kenner

 

It’s going to be an exciting Halloween weekend in Reno this year. Lots of great shows all weekend! Have fun and don’t do anything we wouldn’t…. nevermind, scratch that. Have fun!

And thanks for Listening!

KARMA and Shawarmageddon – KARMAgeddon?

Food and friends!

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Long lost compatriots and great friends, KARMA, who have returned from their long US tour, are back in with us. They crashed the studio recently and hung out, but this time, we are treated to tons of new music! I’m really blown away by the amount of talent that we trick are lucky enough to have on the show even after 5 years. Grab her headphones tight, because they are on fire these days.

Greg Gilmore, Michelle Belle and Carter Stellon of KARMA, a Reno NV Rock band, with goofy smiles

KARMA’s back in town!

Because we are always branching and evolving and changing, we have another food guest on this week – and not one but THREE! Tony, Justin and Wolfgang of Shawarmageddon, a Mediterranean food window in the old Pneumatic Diner location. Shawarmageddon’s motto is “Eat and Destroy” and every shawarma is cook with the love of heavy metal. Good food, good folks, they came to play and have one of the more riotous quizzes on record.

Justin simulates putting a zucchini up Wolfgang's butt while Tony looks on approvingly.

Shawarmageddon – presented without comment.

Once again, it’s the end of the post and I’m out of things to say. What can I say, it’s been a loooong day. Check out open mic with Reverend Rory this week and don’t forget to get your advance all-access passes to the Off Beat Festival, Nov. 5-8, all over Reno.

Georgia Maestro and Mike Gully – All Over the Place

Dedicated, with love, light and joy, to the unconquerable spirit that is Judith “Lady” Hull.

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It’s always great to have good friends in the studio! This week is chock full of old friends and good times. First, however, we take a moment to talk about our good friend and icon of the Reno theater community: Lady. Judith “Lady” Hull has been a huge influence on the Reno theater and art community over the past few decades. Despite a strong spirit and support team, she had been in failing health for most of this year and as she enters her next evolution, we send with her our love and affection. She passed over her rainbow bridge on the evening of October 14, 2015. We love you, Lady.

Lady Hull, Reno costumer and icon

Judith “Lady” Hull

But, as a Reno theater guru, Lady would understand that the show must go on, which is why it is my incredible joy to welcome back onto the show, Season One guest, Georgia Maestro. Many long-time Reno music aficionados will remember Georgia from her solo work as well as her well-received band, Pushbox. When last we spoke to her, Georgia was heading out to cut the world’s teeth on her; now she’s back with new stories, experiences and songs. Her powerful, sultry voice is better than ever. It was really really good for my soul to hear her sing again. We all look forward to seeing more of Georgia in the coming months.

Georgia Maestro playing the keyboard with a sultry smile on her face

Va-va-voom!

Also joining us in studio is Chef Mike Gully. Mike is both the chef at Cafe DeLuxe on Wells Avenue and also an organizer for the Washoe County supporters of Bernie Sanders. Mike is also bucking for an on air job and does a great job of taking over all of the Rev’s segues. A man with the gift of gab, Gully is entertaining as he doles forth his opinions on the current Reno food scene and the state of politics currently. This episode definitely has some zigs and zags, from food to politics and more.

Chef Mike Gully smiling off camera

Chef Gully

There’s lots of events this weekend – we recap them at the end – too many to list now, but rest assured that your hosts are involved with many of them.

THanks for listening!

Thünderhead – Keep Jerkin’ Around

Wake up and smell the hot metal!

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Thünderhead comes in and slays the studio this week. Damn! Rader Hendrix, Layne Roberts and Carlos Pintor swagger in with their long hair and cool t-shirts and tattoos and absolutely lived up to the hype. “Thrash Motorhead” is about the best I can come up with to describe it in a nutshell. Intense and wailing and full tilt, Thünderhead was a blast in the face, even just here in the studio. They’ve got a lot of shows coming up in the next few months, so really really really get up and check them out.

Rader Hendrix, biting the neck of his guitar and looking fierce.

Hungry to rock!

Layne Roberts smirking at the camera

‘Sup?

Carlos Pintor of Thunderhead, pointing at the camera

Carlos is coming for YOU!

At the top of the show we also take a call with Kate Atak, one of the stars of “Clown Bar“, a play by Adam Szymkowicz, and Vaude Villian’s latest production at Good Luck MacBeth. The interview with Kate is lots of fun – including a bit of a sneak teaser from the show – and I could talk to her for hours about theater and shows in Reno. She plays PoPo, a clown with… impulse control issues, we’ll say. But that’s not what’s important here; what’s important is “Clown Bar”. Holy shitballs! Let me say that again: HOLY SHITBALLS! While some people may find clowns disturbing (like my girlfriend who accompanied me), I have always had a love for carnivals and circuses and clowns. Chalk it up to “Pink Elephants on Parade”, whatever.

“Clown Bar” is a unique look at the back alley tents inhabited by the lowest common denominator of clown. The Vaude Villian production is accompanied by a wholesome and charming balloon sculpture opening act with John Wade, a brief film and other interactive sideshow acts that really set the tone and mood for the next hour of your life. Ryan Kelly, leads as Happy, an ex-clown turned cop, investigating his brother’s whereabouts. He, Atak, and others (spoilers!) lend memorable performances to Ashley Marie James’ directorial debut.

The show is a knockout; cheap laughs at tragic jokes abound in this gritty comedy. The entire cast and theater came together, creating a not-so-Big top atmosphere that fully draws the audience into the show. This Vaude Villian cast was a well-oiled, drunken, lampooning machine. I was thoroughly devilishly delighted and tickled throughout the whole show; even my girlfriend went from mildly terrified to simply unnerved truly enjoyed the show and the performances of the night.

Like “Evil Dead: The Musical” last year, “Clown bar” is shaping up to be a sellout run. The show is playing weekends throughout the end of October, with a final show on Halloween night. Get yourself some tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1117547.

clown bar

Thanks for listening!