Air Traffic Controller, The Outside The Box Festival, Beacon Stage

Air Traffic Controller, Dave_Munro
Air Traffic Controller, Dave_Munro

Air Traffic Controller’s Dave Munro announced they would start their set off with a little number called “Test, 1,2.” Apparently a song they do for sound check when they don’t get one. Casey Sullivan, a recording artist in her own right, plays a mean Hoffner style bass, the instrument favored by Paul McCartney. They soon kicked it into “Pick Me Up” off of their latest, Nordo. Following it up with a brilliant Munro and Sullivan duet on “Anyway.” Another off Nordo was about a dream Munro had. “Magic.” Jangly and discordant, it’s loaded up with heavy bass and angular guitar. They needed to start the song again since Munro said they partied too hard the night before. Munro talked about the CD they recorded and how this time Alison Shipton was having to represent for the whole warehouse of people that usually accompanied “Blame.” When they recorded they had a forty piece band from BU. Munro and Casey readied the audience to participate with the sing along “Hurry Hurry,” and kids ran to the front to dance, even in the record heat.

Munro gave a shout out to Ted Cutler, the founder of Outside the Box Festival for this crazy idea, adding that this might be the coolest thing Boston has ever had. Munro changed to a white Fender electric and Steve Scott when not playing lead guitar or keyboard took up Sullivan’s bass while she played mandolin. Alison Shipton delivered an elegant violin solo, on “Ready or Not,” and before launching into “Foot of the Bed” Shipton said Munro got married last Saturday. Munro teased “yeah, to Alison.” To which she replied “Musta been another dream.” Munro switched back to acoustic and Scott back to piano for another few songs. They plugged “You Know Me” in current rotation on WERS. Their last song was off the new CD “Nordo” called “Bad Axe, MI” another story telling number about a band from Bad Axe Michigan. This highlighted everyone’s talents with a fast kick-ass fiddle solo, killer drums by Richie Munro and flourishing guitar. The Munro brothers facing each other, Dave finalized the set with a rock and roll jump on stage. Catch them this summer around Boston.

Check out Nordo their new CD with previews on their website: http://www.airtrafficcontrollermusic.com/

 

Air Traffic Controller, Casey_Sullivan
Air Traffic Controller, Casey_Sullivan
Air Traffic Controller, Steve_Scott
Air Traffic Controller, Steve_Scott
Air Traffic Controller, Alison_Shipton
Air Traffic Controller, Alison_Shipton

From Denmark With Love: A Comedy Mash-Up of Hamlet & Bond

Hamlet walks across the stage with a teapot. The actor is held in a James Bond style spotlight. He turns suddenly to face the audience and pours tea. The name is Ham – Hamlet. The parody mashup of James Bond and Hamlet takes off. Armed with an invisible sword made with twelfth century technology by Q, our Hammie, the hammy hero, seeks revenge — a dish best served shaken, not stirred. John J. King’s script is outrageous. It’s loaded with bad puns and rich language, throwing every Bond title into wonderful sentences that the actors mug expertly in delivery. Daniel Jones stars as both Hamlet and Claudius with wonderful imitations of Sean Connery and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The story more or less: The criminal mastermind Claudius Von Bjornborg has a sinister plot to take over all of Europe using poisoned milk. Hammy, Ophelia, Horatio and Q must deal with Hamlet’s mommy issues and help him win back the throne and stop Claudius’s evil plot or die trying.

Presented by Vaquero Playground and The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
You can also check out From Denmark With Love – THE ALBUM, a compilation of ten Bond Theme Song mash-ups by Boston bands.http://www.vaqueroplayground.com/fdwlalbum.html