Local Showcase: The Orbans, Wesley Geiger (Album Release) and Somebody's Darling
The Kessler TheaterNovember 28, 2014 7:00 PM
1230 West Davis Street
Dallas, TX 75208
Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, the five members of The Orbans were equally influenced by their upbringing in one of country music's favorite states as they were by the indie rock movement more popular amongst their generation of musicians. The result of these two influential contexts is twangy pop meets indie country. Since its formation in 2005, the group has found an audience for this crossbred sound and has become a favorite on NPR stations and in venues across the country.
Written by the brilliant Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, "A Civil War Christmas" is not your typical holiday musical but a stirring assemblage of folk songs, spirituals, carols and powerful tales set in the throes of the bloodiest war in American history. It's Christmastime in the final days of the Civil War and President Lincoln is trying to heal the wounds of a nation. Families, former slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers, friends and neighbors must come to grips with the legacy that has been created by four years of war -- but hope shines through, even in these darkest of times.
Initially formed by brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld in 1995, Blue October is a four-piece alternative rock band from Houston, TX. The Furstenfeld's parents, who were the band's managers at the time, negotiated with connections at their local news station and got the channel to feature Blue October on multiple early morning broadcasts. These performances stirred anticipation for the group's debut album, 1998's The Answers, and grabbed the attention of Universal Records, whom the band signed with in 1999. While Blue October had a fairly tumultuous relationship with the label, which subsequently dropped the band before resigning them, it has managed to maintain a solid fan base with its straightforward alternative rock sound full of emotional lyrics. Universal went on to release several of the band's follow-up albums, including the commercially successful Foiled, in 2006.
Alexz Johnson is a Canadian singer/songwriter and actress who got her start in acting at the age of 11, despite being focused on a singing career. After signing with an agency and landing auditions for commercials and a couple of pilot shows, she landed the starring role on Disney's television series So Weird, which required the lead actress to sing throughout its final season. After the show's initial run from 1999 to 2001, Johnson continued to practice songwriting while landing other acting roles, including a leading role on the Canadian television show Instant Star. She penned several songs for the show's soundtrack and finally released her debut solo album Voodoo, in 2010, shedding much of her bubblegum pop appeal in exchange for an alternative folk rock sound.
When jolly old Saint Nick is kidnapped by a demented maniac intent on stealing Christmas and keeping it all for himself, it's up to Hardy Flynt to save this hap-hap-happiest of holidays. But will Flynt be able to defeat this evil megalomaniac and his beautiful assassins and elf ninjas? You'll have to head over to the Pocket Sandwich Theatre and see for yourself in "Flynt Saves Christmas", a saucy satire on the season that spoofs everything from classic Christmas specials to spy films.