Sometimes literature and music make a good combination. Reading about music is always fun and informative, but listening to music about literature? Whaaa? Folk singer Jim Post makes it possible this weekend with his performance of Mark Twain and the Laughing River at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House. Click "More" to learn about the whole shebang. -- ASD Staff Report
Jim Post in Mark Twain and the Laughing River
Saturday, February 2, 2008
legendary folk singer's innovative re-imagining of Twain as string musician
Door 7:30 P.M., Music 8:00 P.M. advance tickets: $19.50
Freight & Salvage
1111 Addison Street
Berkeley CA 94702
Information Line: (510) 548-1761
Jim Post is a one man tour de force part musical, part drama, and thoroughly entertaining
the Washington Post
Renaissance man Jim Post comes to town with his acclaimed one-man show, Mark Twain and the Laughing River. Inspired by the little-known fact that the famous author sang tenor and played the banjo, piano, and guitar, Jim's engaging portrait weaves his original songs based on true stories from Twain's childhood with fictional dialogue, anecdotes, and historical facts, well-spiced with Twain's renowned acerbic wit. Now in his fifth decade as a performer, Jim has used his strong tenor voice and multi-instrumental talent to explore many different avenues of musical expression. He first gained widespread public notice in the late 1960s, with the pop song "Reach Out of the Darkness," which gained him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He later had a long career as a folk singer and children's songwriter, and has been performing his one-man Mark Twain portraits since the 1990s.
Mark Twain said that his childhood was "the wellspring of [his] clearest inspiration." Jim Post took Twain at his word and wrote this delightful family show, joyously recalling Hannibal, a boy's paradise with a buckskin spirit of adventure. One-hour-and-forty-five minutes of Twainian wit and wisdom plus the brilliant, jubilant music you've come to expect from Post.
"Post's depiction of Mark Twain is nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem...nothing but kudos from our audience members of all ages...This is a show that should be on Broadway." -- Smithsonian Institution
"The show is worth it for the music alone!" -- Roy Leonard
"Post focuses on Twain's younger days and he can cut-up like the kid he ardently invokes in this perfect show." -- Chicago Tribune
"His songs and monologues, whether serious or witty, fell as natural on the ears as everyday conversation. Rousing...and ideal family show." -- Chicago Sun Times
The music from Mark Twain and the Laughing River won the American Library Award for 1997. Jim's music has been described as the music Stephen Foster might have written had he been a playwright. Jim's clear, soaring tenor voice is captivating, from opening song, "Might Big River," which is nothing less than an American anthem, through the lovely images of "Hannibal," to the precocious narrative of, "Naked Little Boy. In fact the opening song on the new C.D., Mighty Big River, is featured in Ken Burn's PBS special on Mark Twain, airing in 2002.