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Indy group to present music
of John Prine show in Madison

Event is being sponsored
by the Cultural Continuum

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(November 2010) – Fans of John Prine will not want to miss a new theatrical concert based on his music. For more than 30 years, Prine has brought his unique sound to the world and connected with people through his lyrics and rhythms.

Pure Prine

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The "Pure Prine" musical group
of Indianapolis will make its
first road performance by traveling
to Madison in November.

Born Oct. 10, 1946, in Maywood, Ill., Prine’s musical style has been described as everything from folk and country to rock and alternative. To Madison resident Greg Ziesemer, “John Prine speaks to common human experience and interaction on a daily basis. He speaks to people on a level we can all relate to.”
Prine has a loyal following that includes such artists as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Rait and Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson is often given the credit of having discovered Prine. After hearing him perform, he remarked that Prine wrote songs so good that “we’ll have to break his thumbs.”
A new musical presentation, “Pure Prine: The Music of John Prine,” will come to Madison on Nov. 19-20. Shows will be performed at 7:30 each night at the former Fry Trading Co., located at 125-127 E. Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show.
This show is being produced by Madison Cultural Continuum, an entity created in April 2009 whose main purpose is to “bring cultural events of all kinds to Madison that have not been shown here before,” said Ziesemer. He is one of four individuals who created the non-profit organization, along with Kevin Watkins, Steve Thomas and Gary Duckworth.
“This is our first theatrical type performance. We want to try to diversify our offerings,” Ziesemer said.
“Pure Prine” premiered at The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis in May 2010. It is an original piece created and directed by Phoenix Producing Director Bryan Fonseca, who has listened to Prine’s music since 1971.
“This is the first time the show has been taken on the road,” said Ziesemer. The same six-person cast that performed the premier show will perform in Madison and includes Tim Brickley, Tim Grimm, Jenni Gregory, Bobbie Lancaster, Jan Lucas-Grimm and Michael Shelton.
The Madison Cultural Continuum is proud to bring this show to Madison because most events like this are shown at other venues such as Hanover College, Ziesemer said. The organization’s long term goal is to leverage their successes into the development of a “Madison Center for the Arts,” which will in tern endeavor to continue bringing quality products to the Madison cultural scene.
In conjunction with this show, one of the performers, Lucas-Grimm, will hold a reading and book signing of her book, “My Beautiful Leukemia” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Village Lights Bookstore. Her husband, Tim, will join her for a musical interlude. This event is sponsored by the Madison Cultural Continuum.

• Tickets for Pure Prine may be purchased at the following businesses in Madison: Village Lights Bookstore, Petsdoc Veterinary Clinic, the Madison Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Antiquity Furniture Restoration or through the Madison Cultural Continuum website at: www.CulturalContinuum.com/tickets.php.

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