Free event inside where it is warm. Whether you want more information to go out and explore yourself or you just want to enjoy the photos he has taken this will be an entertaining afternoon.
Saturday Feb 11th 1pm-2:30pm
Friends of the Cadillac-Wexford Public Library
411 S. Lake St. Cadillac, Michigan 49601
Also Saturday, Feb 11th
8pm Gopherwood concert -Ralston Bowles
Cadillac Elks 122 S. Mitchell.
Long heralded as a master of putting listeners in the moment, singer/songwriter Ralston Bowles waited more than two decades before pressing any of his creations to plastic.
When the Michigan native finally did release an album, it continued to be his resistance to the mainstream that set him apart, even from the many talented musicians who surround him.
His albums stand as thoughtful gifts to receptive concert goers who desire to hold something that can bring them back to those sentinel moments when they felt maybe certain parts of their minds and hearts somehow shared the stage with this growing legend.
Ralston’s father was a player of the fiddle, guitar, and banjo before leaving Appalachia to find work in the Indiana steel mills. As a boy, Ralston learned that the instruments that dotted his home were for more than aesthetic appreciation; they were the means for the intricate yet pleasurable task of making music. At 16, his first professional act came after being asked to make up some “story songs” for the neighborhood social time. After school, Ralston played Midwest clubs and coffeehouses, making up songs about the places he visited and people he met. He continued to make music while starting a family and engaging in the technical side of the radio business. To only a spare amount of surprise, the songs Ralston sang began to catch the attention of other traveling musicians, such as Caroline Aiken, Peter Mulvey, Rachael Davis and Drew Nelson, all of whom continue to perform Ralston’s originals.
His distinct brand of folk music is a contemporary gem that shares the social insights brought by ’60s and ’70s predecessors, but allows for an infusion of worldly influence and carries an undeniable personal and independent tone.
As a testament, Ralston’s writing has garnered prizes from American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Country Music Television, Unisong, International Song Competition and Kerrville New Folk.
On his debut “Carwreck Conversations” and the follow-up “Rally at the Texas Hotel”, Ralston worked with producer Marvin Etzioni to create the finely crafted collections that songwriter Peter Mulvey described as “connected to another time, burnished like an heirloom”.
Backed by great praise and a favorable following in West Michigan, Ralston also has captured attention and cultivated deep relationships within arts communities from Nashville to New York, Cologne to Cambridge.
In his travels, Ralston has been asked to open and sometimes play with musical luminaries of the grandest sort, including Shawn Colvin, T-Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
Through all this, a notion that Ralston once shared with a music reviewer serves as the very same sentiment that keeps his creativity, his career and his life in line.
“If the song is good,” Ralston said. “There’s not much you can do to kill it.”
Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride as the Cadillac Footliters Junior players play Aladdin with nonstop laughs and adventure.
Imagination, humor and story create intrigue and excitement for your entertainment. Add in some music and love and it's a recipe sure to please every palate.
Cadillac Footliters had this to say about Aladdin..
Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book adapted and additional lyrics by Jim Luigs, music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle. Based on the animated film and presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. Directed by Laura Porter.
Come soar with us on a magic carpet ride to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! Aladdin, a street urchin, uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince so he can marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine. It’s a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.
7:00 p.m. - February 10, 11, 17, 18
2:00 matinee - February 18
You will wish you had a magic carpet and a monkey to help you thru life. Who will have more fun the audience or the Junior footliters? Find out for yourself at one of these performances.
Taste the family entertainment this week. Tickets available at these locations;
The UPS Store - Cadillac
Brinks Custom Framing - Downtown Cadillac
Majestic Hair Design - Lake City
After 26 Cafe - Cadillac
Or contact the box office at: 231.775.7336
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