Live Wire!

Earl Blumenauer

author Steve Almond

writers Bill Oakley and Stacy Bolt

"The Baseball Project," w/ Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck & Linda Pitmon

Faces For Radio Theater, Ralph Huntley & the Mutton Chops

and host Courtenay Hameister

  • 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show |
  • $20 general admission, $30 reserved seating |
  • 21 and over, minors w/ parent first show only
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Live Wire is a one-hour radio variety show recorded in front of a live audience. It’s music, it’s conversation, it’s sketch comedy. It’s the show that dared to put tap dancing, juggling and ballet on the radio. And when someone asked, “Hey, what would a mime sound like on the radio?,” it’s the show that answered, “I don’t know. But we should probably find out.”

Live Wire highlights the best musicians and most fascinating people it can find*, broadcasting on stations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

*Search area includes, but is not limited to: all continents and countries of the earth (except Lithuania) and its surrounding planets.

On May 22 Live Wire! Radio brings a stellar line-up to the stage. Featured guests include a writer for "The Simpsons" and half of supergroup REM.

Author STEVE ALMOND's ("Candy Freak") new book, "Rock and Roll Will save Your Life," is about music, musicians, and the ways in which we worship both. He maintains that almost everyone has, at one time or another, loaned a musician money, and that listening to "Sunday Bloody Sunday" will make you feel righteous about the plight of Irish people. Almond almost always makes Courtenay blush.

BILL OAKLEY was a writer for "The SImpsons," is the creator of "Mission Hill" and "The Mullets," and a is a consulting producer on "Futurama." In his spare time he surfs.

Essayist STACY BOLT never fails to bring it - whether it's pathos or humor, she slams it home every time. On this show she will read her piece about navigating the strange world of infertility treatments. You will be entertained

Musical guests:

THE BASEBALL PROJECT has an all-star line up: Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Gutterball, Danny & Dusty, Miracle 3), Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5) and Linda Pitmon (Golden Smog, Miracle 3). Their 2008 album of original music about baseball received critical acclaim, and gave all the members a way to have "more work and make less money," according to McCaughey.

Folk-rock minimalist DAMIEN JURADO loves a good ballad and often makes use of "found sound" and unorthodox field recording techniques. His next solo release, "Saint Bartlett," is due out May 25th.

In addition to these fabulous guests, look for original sketch comedy from Faces For Radio Theater, music from Ralph Huntley and the Mutton Chops, and bon mots from host Courtenay Hameister.

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