Brownwood Area Live on Stage will open its 2007-2008 season Tuesday with what reviewers have described as a “whimsical journey back to the turn of the century” provided by the Juggernaut Jug Band.
But the first concert of the year also signals the end of the subscription period for new and renewing members, and when the band takes the stage, membership sales for the six-show series will close. Members may enroll prior to the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday performance at Victory Life Church.
Individual tickets will not be sold for all but one of the concerts. Single show tickets at $5 each will be available when the “Voice of Aggieland,” the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Members will be admitted with their season tickets.
The band performing Tuesday revives the sound that enjoyed immense popularity between the 1890s and the Great Depression among cities along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The music originated in Louisville, which also produced some of the greatest of the jug bands. Memphis also became a center for its distinctive sound, which peaked in the 1920s but slipped from sight until the folk revival of the 1960s, according to “The History of the Blues” by Francis Davis. That’s when the Juggernaut Jug Band started playing in Louisville.
The band’s members are Roscoe Goose on washboard, trumpet, cans, blues harp, snare and First Jug; the Amazing Mr. Fish on walking bass, running nose flute and washtub bass; Big Daddy T, who sings and plays guitar “in seven languages”; and Smiley Habanero, a “hot guitarist” from south of the border.
“They don’t let their virtuosity get in the way of having fun,” a Washington Post reviewer wrote.
“The band’s work bespeaks a literal fusion of two worlds — a folky organic vibe tempered by the delicacy of academically trained musicianship,” a story in The Mountain Express of Asheville, N.C., said.
“Zany showmanship…[the band] makes as much music as any four humans can,” concluded The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Singing Cadets from Texas A&M will be the fifth of six shows BALOS will offer this season. The second performance will be Franc D’Ambriosio in an encore appearance in Brownwood. The veteran Broadway, film and television star, who set a record with more than 3,000 performances as the phantom in “Phantom of the Opera” over a six-year period, enthralled the BALOS audience in February 2005. His return concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
The Celtic Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and Angela Jia Kim will sing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. The Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio has the season’s final concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2008.
Adult memberships are $45 each. Senior citizen tickets for those age 60 and older are $40, and family memberships are $85. Howard Payne University faculty and staff memberships are $35, and student memberships are $25.