Alive and Well
hosted by Garrison Keillor
Show #1540March 5, 2016
From The Milwaukee Theatre | Milwaukee, WI
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Guy NoirGuy Noir
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Milwaukee LimericksMilwaukee Limericks
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This Train - Willy Porter and Carmen NickersonThis Train - Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson
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Tristate Boogie - Howard LevyTristate Boogie - Howard Levy
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Where Or When - Christine DiGiallonardoWhere Or When - Christine DiGiallonardo
This week: we're on the western shore of Lake Michigan for a live broadcast from the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's the only live show we're doing in March - the month that God created to show people who don't drink what a hangover is like - so we can store up energy for 14 consecutive road shows starting on April 2nd. Songwriter, singer, and guitarist Willy Porter and duet partner Carmen Nickerson sing songs of trouble and love; Christine DiGiallonardo adds her Brooklyn je ne sais quoi to scripts and songs; and harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy will bend notes and minds simultaneously. Plus: past presidents, present presidential aspirants, and a colony of characters from the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; music director and pianist Rich Dworsky commands the house band of drummer Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, and Chris Siebold on guitar, and we'll get a rare insight into what bassist Larry Kohut thinks about as he plays. There's also an update on the News from Lake Wobegon, as February fades and March marches in. Warm up the Philco, ease in the ear buds, or crank it up while riding with the top down this Saturday at 5pm Central and we'll see you on the airwaves.
Willy Porter and Carmen NickersonWilly Porter and Carmen Nickerson are often collaborators, sometime co-writers, and ongoing Milwaukee favorites. Wisconsin-born Porter began treating fans to his brand of guitar playing and wry storytelling in the late 1980s. Fast-forward a few decades and he has literally logged millions of miles across the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe, touring solo and with his band. Carmen Nickerson, his frequent singing partner, lends her vocal talents to other artists as well, in addition to keeping up a solo career. Willy's latest recording is Human Kindness (Weasel Records). A new Porter/Nickerson duet album is due out later this year.
Christine DiGiallonardoNew York-based vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo is at home singing in early-music chamber ensembles as well as jazz and rock bands. She performs solo and with her sisters, Daniela and Nadia, as The DiGiallonardo Sisters, and her voice can be heard on commercial jingles for Aquafresh, Mr. Clean, Playtex, and Febreze. Her theater credits include Carousel (Live From Lincoln Center), Lady, Be Good! (City Center Encores!), The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), and My Fair Lady (Avery Fisher Hall).
Howard LevyMulti-instrumentalist Howard Levy is perhaps best known for developing a fully chromatic harmonica style on a standard 10-hole diatonic instrument. Anyone who's ever picked up a little Hohner Marine Band can appreciate the feat. The musical adventures of this Chicago-based Grammy winner include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, and more. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings. His own latest is First Takes (Balkan Samba Records), a dazzling collection of improvisational compositions - recorded in one single four-hour session.
Garrison KeillorGarrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. He is the host of The Writer's Almanac and the editor of the Good Poems series of anthologies from Viking.
Rich Dworsky and the band - March 5, 2016Richard Dworsky Keyboardist, composer, and arranger Richard Dworsky is APHC's music director. He leads the band, composes themes, improvises script underscores, and collaborates with such diverse guests as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time. Bernie Dresel Bernie Dresel has been in the percussion game since he got his first drum kit at the age of two. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he headed to Los Angeles. He's worked with countless artists, from Chaka Khan and Maynard Ferguson to David Byrne and Brian Wilson, and spent 15 years with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He currently plays with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and heads up his own 12-piece funk band, BERN. Larry Kohut Bassist Larry Kohut has played on dozens of albums and many film scores, as well as performing with jazz artists such as Patricia Barber, Mel Torme, Vincent Colaiuta, and Tony Bennett. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches acoustic and electric bass. Richard Kriehn When Richard Kriehn turned 10, his mom bought him a mandolin; at 19, he'd won the Buck White International Mandolin Contest. He went on to play with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble and bluegrass group 1946. On the classical side, he has performed with numerous orchestras and was principal second violin for the Washington/Idaho Symphony. Chris Siebold Bluegrass to big band jazz, Chris Siebold knows his way around a guitar - or a bunch of other instruments, for that matter. Based in Chicago, he draws from a deep well of influences and styles, and has put his talents to work in ensembles such as Howard Levy's Acoustic Express and Kick the Cat. In 2010, he formed the band Psycles, whose album Live at Martyrs' was released the following year.
Tim RussellOne minute he's mild-mannered Tim Russell; the next he's George Bush or Julia Child or Barack Obama. We've yet to stump this man of many voices. Says fellow APHC actor Sue Scott, "He does a better Ira Glass than Ira Glass." A well-known Twin Cities radio personality and voice actor, Tim appeared in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and the Coen brothers' A Serious Man. Tim has also been reviewing films professionally for over 10 years.
Sue ScottOn APHC, Sue Scott plays everything from ditzy teenagers to Guy Noir stunners to leathery crones who've smoked one pack of Camel straights too many. The Tucson, Arizona, native is well known for her extensive commercial and voice-over work on radio and television, as well as stage and movie roles, including the part of "Donna" in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
Fred NewmanSound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back -crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."