group to present music
of John Prine show in Madison
is being sponsored
by the Cultural Continuum
Helen E. McKinney
(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" musical group
of Indianapolis will make its
first road performance by traveling
to Madison in November.
Born Oct. 10, 1946, in Maywood, Ill., Prines 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 well have to break his
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 Prines music
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 organizations 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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