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Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 07:05 am

Musicals, rock shows, and radio

Check out the world premiere of David: You and I

Seven Mary Three play Chrome on Thursday, Aug. 2.
Untitled Document I hope that by now you’ve heard about the Jacksonville world premiere of David: You and I, a locally written and produced musical based on the life of King David from the Bible’s Old Testament. The show runs this weekend and next with all the details on page 18. Area playwright Ken Bradbury wrote the script, but perhaps of greater interest to readers of this column is Roger Wainwright, who wrote the lyrics and composed the music. An extremely talented and respected keyboardist and vocalist, Wainwright has played in several area bands — among them Winky and the Love Buddhas, Eldorado, and Elvis Himselvis — over the years. Wainright first conceived of David: You and I back in 2000; by 2001 he had produced a full-length recording of songs using all local musicians, including Hank Helton, Jeff Helton, Allan Harris, and Chris Noonan. In 2004, Bradbury became involved in developing the words around the music and in 2006 he and Wainwright booked a place for the debut of the play. Now, a mere seven years after its conception, Wainwright’s idea appears live on the big stage. A 2007 reworking of the original CD with additional songs and musicians (including New Orleans transplant saxophonist Roger Kimball) will be made available for purchase at the show, with proceeds going to a program geared to “feeding the working poor,” Wainwright says. Wow, a real rock show tonight in Springfield? Yessiree, folks, the platinum-selling band Seven Mary Three performs Thursday, Aug. 2, at Chrome (3075 Normandy Rd., 217-638-9217). Other groups performing in the 8 p.m.-1 a.m. show are Modern Day Zero, Low as I, and Mind Set Evolution. I may not be as familiar with the music of these bands as I should be (I’m getting old, you know), but my rock-music sources say that this will be a damn good old-fashioned hard-hitting-but-not-mind-splitting, guitar-crunching, anthem-filled, solid-rocking show. Sounds good to me. Be sure to tune your radio to WUIS (91.9 FM) at 8 p.m. each Friday for Sound Opinions, hosted by music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, respectively, discussing pop and rock music. The show, which debuted a few weeks ago on WUIS, is broadcast between This American Life and Beale Street Caravan. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, University of Illinois at Springfield graduate student Justin Law debuts The Harmony Brothers: A Spoken History, featuring interviews with the Harmony Brothers, Springfield’s first rock band, plus Frank Trompeter, Bill Laymon, and me. Law has compiled tons of war stories, and he intersperses the tales with tunes by the various artists. It’s just a small part of the big picture but still some pretty cool stuff. Check it out just to hear about such long-defunct venues as the Midway Pub, Crow’s Mill School, Bruce’s Tavern, Union Station, and the Second Street Pub. The tale of the Harmony Brothers is nothing short of amazing.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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