© 2012 Dave Weinberg
Live reading of the pilot episode of Club 86… or what happens when you juxtapose a community of post-industrial mill town Maine that has seen better (if not corporately exploited) days – with an influx of ‘cultural creatives’ striving to create – better days.
The show featured live jazz interludes from the Club 86 ensemble, lead by Jesse Lynch, guest ‘open miker’ poet, Gil Helmick and special guest, Charlie Neville who apparently had some kinda thing back in the day with the fictionally beloved Club 86 bartender. The show was written by Mike Langworthy and co-conceived with Gil Helmick. Mike also stars as the managerially challenged, Club 86 manager.
For those who appreciate Prairie Home Companion but prefer their coffee black with a dash of SNL (the first 3 seasons), this sharply written, character rich, satiric world sounds (and shows) like a fun place to hang out. Here’s hoping to find this on NPR’s airwaves or streamwaves or podcasts, sometime soon.