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FM Cultural Calendar | Starting today

Throughout history, the art of storytelling has been an important part of the human experience, allowing communities to share beliefs, traditions and history in a narrative form. A modern twist on this timeless practice, WordPlay is a stimulating communal experience that blends personal true stories with a live music mash-up. With brazen honesty and creativity, actors, comedy writers, and everyday people read their own funny, and often poignant, stories while a DJ spins a real-time soundtrack. Using anything from Bruno Mars to Bach, the DJ and producer work with each performer to develop the perfect music mix, creating a rich storytelling experience unlike anything out there today. The result is something distinct, collaborative, lively, and most importantly...totally real.
08/26/2016 - 08/27/2016
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Bricolage Production Company

ake Hanner met the future lead singer of his band a few hours after she was born. He was disappointed she was a girl and cried. Eighteen years later, Jake got over it, and he and sister Casey decided to start a band. “We didn’t grow up listening to a lot of the same music,” explains Casey, “but when we started writing together, we realized that we approached creating music in the same way.” The brother-sister duo also quickly realized that their shared upbringing could translate to solid pop tunes. Casey sings and plays an old black and white Silvertone guitar while Jake H plays drums, triggers samples from his octapad, and sings backup. Bassist Jake Churton, the studied musician of the group, entered the picture when brother and sister decided to complete their live band. “One day the guy we hired to play keyboard couldn’t make it to practice,” remembers Jake H, “So Jake C started playing the lead keyboard lick with his bass. Casey and I just looked at each other and both knew we had found our third member.” After shooting down Casey’s idea to name the band “Casey and the Jakes,” they became Donora. Donora’s third full-length release on Rostrum Records is titled Ha Ha Heart. As the band puts it, this album is about letting go of everything that is holding you back; it’s about celebrating who you are. Casey explains, “We wanted to be as honest as we could be with this album. From the creative process to the music itself, to the artwork… This is us.”
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: 6035 Ridge Rd Gibsonia, PA 15044

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