Scotland's Old Blind Dogs to
perform at Theatricum Botanicum on Father's Day
Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
TOPANGA, CA - Scotland's 2007 Folk Band of the Year, Old Blind Dogs, takes the stage with a tasty mix of traditional and contemporary tunes. Packed with exquisite harmonies, intricate rhythms, warm vocals and evocative lyrics, this music will transport you to the Fair Isle and beyond. The concert will take place at Theatricum Botanicum's rustic outdoor amphitheater in Topanga on Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 pm. Proceeds from the performance support the non-profit theater's repertory and education programs that entertain, inspire and educate thousands of Angelenos each year.
For 15 years, a strong musical vision has carried the Old Blind Dogs through many world tours, personnel changes and new musical directions. At the heart of their worldwide acclaim is a desire to touch people through song. The concert at Theatricum is part of a West Coast tour that will take the band up to Alaska and back down to Southern California. A hectic schedule does not deter the band from giving their all to the music. "There's an honesty about live performance and we work hard on stage," says lead vocalist Jonny Hardie. "We don't really pace ourselves; we just go for it. I think ours is very immediate music."
The Dogs have released ten albums, including, most recently, Four on the Floor on Compass Records with original band member Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals), Aaron Jones (bass, bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Rory Campbell (border [reel] pipes, Whistles, Vocals) and Fraser Stone (drums, percussion). To learn more or to hear their music, visit The Dogs online at www.oldblinddogs.co.uk.
"The band keeps its modern grooves authentic by following Robert Burn's 200-year-old model of applying original arrangements to traditional forms," wrote Danny Carnahan in Acoustic Guitar magazine.
Music runs deep through Theatricum's history. Many of America's great folk musicians have played here: three generations of Guthries - Woody, Arlo, and Sarah Lee - Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Rambling Jack Elliot, Utah Phillips and many, many more. Folk music carries the voice of the people, as does the music found in Shakespeare's plays, mainstays of Theatricum's repertory season.
The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum can be traced to the early 1950s when Will Geer, a victim of the McCarthy era blacklist (before he became known as the beloved Grandpa on TV's "The Waltons"), opened a theater for blacklisted actors and folk singers on his property in Topanga. Today the theater is run by his family. The two stages are situated in a natural canyon ravine, where audiences are able to relax and enjoy the wilderness during an afternoon or evening's performance. Unlike most theaters in the Los Angeles area that stage continuous runs of a single play, the Theatricum, using a company of actors, performs each play on a rotating basis. By the end of the summer, when all the plays are up and running, it will be possible to see a performance of each in a single weekend. The critically acclaimed Theatricum Botanicum is a recipient of the Margaret Harford Award - the Los Angeles Critics Circle's highest honor - for "sustained excellence," and Artistic Director Ellen Geer was selected for the LA Weekly 1999 Career Achievement Award.
In addition to the five plays in this summer's 2009 Summer Repertory Season (Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Cherry Orchard and The Miser), Theatricum offers a variety of satellite programming such as Family Fundays (Saturday and Sunday morning plays and concerts for kids with Creative PlayGround and Peter Alsop's Kids Koncerts); Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights (free readings of new plays on select Sundays); a variety of music and dance concerts; and, on Sunday, October 4, a special performance of selections from Theatricum Botanicum's Americana series that integrate poetry, dialogue, music and songs from various periods during the on-going evolution of our nation.
The Old Blind Dogs Concert will be held on Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $35/lower tier and $25/upper tier. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (310) 455-3723 or go to www.theatricum.com.
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura (101) Freeway. The amphitheaters are terraced into the hillside, so audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Picnickers are welcome on the grounds before or after the performances.
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OLD BLIND DOGS IN CONCERT
OLD BLIND DOGS - Scotland's 2007 Folk Band of the Year, Old Blind Dogs takes the stage with a tasty mix of traditional and contemporary tunes. Packed with exquisite harmonies, intricate rhythms, warm vocals and evocative lyrics, this music will transport you to the Fair Isle and beyond. The concert will take place at Theatricum Botanicum's rustic outdoor amphitheater in Topanga. Proceeds from the performance support the non-profit theater's repertory and education programs that entertain, inspire and educate thousands of Angelenos each year.
Sunday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA 90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)
(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com
The outdoor amphitheater at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.