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."
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
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