Andy O'Leary grew up on radio. As a kid, he holed up and listened to music and old-timey variety shows; now, as an adult, he's translating his love of the theater of the mind to the stage. Inspired by Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, the host of KUVO's Sunday-night Jazz Tales show will play the Keillor role in his new variety show, Coyotes at the Crossroads, which debuts tonight.
"Our Lake Wobegon is the land of square-shaped states," says O'Leary of the show's focus on Western themes unique to states like Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. At the center of the show — which includes live performances of poetry, storytelling, comedy and music — is O'Leary's ten-piece band, the Coyote Poets of the Universe, which will play its jazz/Americana/blues music throughout the show as well as showcase its members' individual storytelling and poetry talents.
"The West is a dynamic area that doesn't need New York or L.A.," says O'Leary. "We want to highlight that and tell stories and poems about this area."
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Tickets to Coyotes at the Crossroads are available for $10 at the door tonight at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street. O'Leary hopes it will become a regular feature at the theater and eventually end up on the radio. For more information, check out coyotepoetsoftheuniverse.com.
Sat., Sept. 7, 7 p.m., 2013