27 July 2007
Every year since 1988, members of the 1970s Lawrence band Tree Frog have assembled for a reunion show.
They used to joke that they'd do it until they died.
Now that they're older, member Scott Piper says, "that's not funny anymore."
But now that they're scattered across the country, Tree Frog members enjoy their biannual reunion shows, which this year comes at 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall.
In this week's Pulse Podcast, members recall their days as a traveling rock-country band, including sweaty tour bands, dives filled with rowdy rugby players and often being just one step away from making it big.
Also, hear the band play two acoustic songs, as well as an archived recording from 1977.
20 July 2007
With a cast of 20 Kansas University students, and narration and songs by a Gypsy poet and her troubador, it's clear "A Greater Release" isn't your typical play.
But its eccentricity runs deeper than that. That's because the play, by KU student Adam Burnett, is being produced by himself, outside any constraints a theater company might present.
"A Greater Release," which Burnett describes as a "theatrical tapestry" that weaves in the tales of several travelers, is the focus of this week's Pulse Podcast. Burnett talks about the play, and cast members Chris Luxem and Alicia Gian perform two original songs.
The performances of "A Greater Release" are a 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, both at Oldfather Studios, 1621 W. Ninth St.
Also, as always, hear about some of the other events going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.
13 July 2007
If jazz is dying, you can't tell it by going to Kansas University's Murphy Hall this week.
Around 100 junior high and high school students are honing their skills at the Midwestern Music Camp's Jazz Workshop. They'll perform at 1:30 p.m. today in Room 130 in Murphy.
This week's Pulse Podcast focuses on the future of jazz. Dan Gailey, director of KU's jazz studies program, and student musicians Addison Frei (Lawrence High School) and Emily Foerschler (Free State High School) talk about young people's interest in jazz, and the future of the genre in general.
And, as always, you can hear about some of the other events going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.
6 July 2007
Matt Pryor is getting good at making the seamless transition between daytime children's entertainer and late-night rock star.
For the second weekend in a row, he'll front the Terrible Twos, with music geared toward children, and then play a show with the New Amsterdams later in the night.
The shows - which are at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday at the Replay Lounge, 946 Mass. - and the bands are the focus of this week's Pulse Podcast.
Pryor talks about writing music for children, fatherhood and his future music projects. Also, you can hear tunes both from both his bands.