The Monticello Opera returns to the world of live music. Some of the region’s best singer-songwriters will showcase their individual – and collective – talents on the stage at the venerable venue this Saturday night.
The idea of throwing a trio of incredible musical creators on stage with minimal preparation just to see what sparks might fly is by no means a new concept. Grant Peeples, one of the performers on this weekend, said that was exactly the format the show’s producer wanted to replicate.
“This whole idea came from Cliff Miller, who went to see a concert at the Ruby Diamond 15 years ago. There was Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely and Guy Clark. And he saw the show and said, ‘Dude! I want to be able to produce this kind of show very similar to what we talked about: three people getting up and playing songs, independently, but also together with a good feeling. And that’s what Cliff is trying to emulate here. We’ve done 2 before and it was awesome, and we’ll have to do another one this time.
Hence the third “Southern Music Rising”.
“My friend Danny Goddard who I’m in the studio with these days – he’s producing my record – we’ll be playing with Dana King who is from Monticello, at the Monticello Opera House on August 20th.”
And, much like that Ruby Diamond concert from a long time ago, Peeples said the musical flow will divert to several mainstream and cross-current channels.
“The three of us will be on stage together. Dana and I will do some songs and duets together. Danny will play with me on a few songs that I do and Danny will also play with Dana King on a few songs that she does.
The three plan to gather backstage a few minutes before showtime to work out a rough plan of how things will go. This approach, Peeples said, will keep the proceedings fresh, spontaneous and maybe just a little risky.
“There will be songs that will be played for the first time at this show. I think it’s them. It’s an escape, late summer/early fall and new songs and collaborations coming out.
In addition to some tumultuous sagas about life and musical traditions. The Southern Music Rising Singer-Songwriter show takes place this Saturday at the Monticello Opera House. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m.