Mark Lane and Dan Easley, members of the local folk/blues/ragtime group The Shakes, will be performing live pre-show music for Three Viewings. (Concerts will start at 7:30 pm Thursdays – Saturdays March 8-10 and March 15 – 17. There is no additional charge for this concert.)
The Shakes are Mark Lane, Dan Easley, and Crystal Shrewsbury. Blending old time, ragtime, and anytime into their original compositions and covers of popular songs from the 30s through the 80s, The Shakes are based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where they try to play a wide array of instruments from guitar to mandolin, banjo to upright bass, accordion to kazoo, and bass clarinet to Hammond organ. Their first record, What’s Shakin?, was recorded largely by Mark and Dan in Dan’s garage before Crystal joined the group. As a trio, The Shakes began performing live. An April 2008 WXJM-FM was recorded and released as The Shakes Live. Playwright and friend of the group, Michael Trocchia, approached The Shakes in the fall of 2008 about writing and recording music for his upcoming play, The Blue Hotel, a stage adaptation of a Stephen Crane short story. The Shakes ran with the project, writing and recording a full-length album inspired both by Crane’s original story and Trocchia’s adaptation in 2009.
Three Viewings will be performed on Thursdays – Saturdays, March 8- 10, 2012 – March 15 – 17, 2012 at 8 pm and Sundays March 11 and March 18 at 3 pm . Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the Court Square Theater Box Office and at the door.
Live music by The Shakes will be presented for a half hour preceding each performance Thursdays – Saturdays.