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zmmiummmmmlmm J!ll]liBIIIIEfl C3 WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 9 2009 THE IS SAQUAH PRESS TO SUBMITAN ARTS CALENDAR II1EM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@isspress.com. Submit A&E story ideas to isspress@isspress.com. APRIL 0 Jackle Ryan performs from 7:45- lll 1o p.m.  April 10-11 ; at Bake's  Place as part of the Visiting Songbird series. Tickets are $64.50 for din- ner and the show. Buckshot Jazz performs from 7:30-11:30 12 p.m. at Vino Bella.  Gilman Village Celebration and A Kaleidoscope Student Music | "1 Jam is from 3:30-5 p.m. at / / Grimaldi's Coffee House. -- Bellevue photogra-  ' : :::  '! pher Robert Rose's i:ii i; new exhibit, .............. .... : _"Phtgraphyporttalts of Nepalfr Good .... : ':-" ;L, and India," is on dis- play through May 23 at Pogecha of Issaquah, 120 NW Gilman Blvd. Call 392- 5550 or go to www.pogacha.com. Darren Motamndy per- forms from 7:30-10:30  p.m. at Pogacha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550. The Polndexter Jazz  Quartet performs from  7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Beila. The Third Annual All Emergency Vehicles Show starts at 8 a.m. at The XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. Go to www.triplexrootbeer.com. 1 Vino Bella presents Comedy Night, featuring Harold A. Gomez, at 8 p.m. ents Movie Night, featuring "War of the Monstersl" at 7 p.m. 0RIUNIIIES , The DownTown Issaquah Association is seek- ing artists and musicians for the 2009 season of ArtWalk Issaquah and Music on the Streets. E-mail events@clowntownissaq uah.com. l, The Washington Poets Association annual Spring Poetry Festival is April 25 at the Hugo House in Seattle. Pre-register for morning and afternoon workshops online at brownpa- pertickets.com/event55226 or by calling 206-225-6555. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. Main-stage event starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. Go to www.washingtonpoets.org. ii!;i[iii![i!iiiiiiii![iii ............ iiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!ii: BY JIM FEEHAN Don Wilson, Sammamish resident and founding member of the Ventures, poses with the Ventumttes March 31 at the Edgewater Hotel. Tills rock leon risk00 Venture BY JIM FEEHAZq Don Wilson is celebrating 50 years of recording rock 'n' roll -- but don't expect him to slow down anytime soon. In fact, the 76-year-old co-founder of the seminal rock band The Ventures is about to embark on a worldwide tour, beginning this week in Seattle. Coincidentally, The Ventures and fellow Northwest band The Fabulous Wailers will release an album, "Two Car Garage: Fifty Years of Rock and Roll." Wilson and members of the Wailers spoke at a news conference March 31 at Seattle's Edgewater Hotel. Last year, The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with officials recognizing The Ventures as "the most successful instrumental combo in rock 'n' roll history." Wilson, who lives in Sammamish, grew up in Tacoma. He formed the group with Bob Bogle, also of Tacoma. In 1958, they each bought guitars at a downtown Tacoma pawnshop for $15 each, learned how to play them and, 18 months later, had a No. 2 hit with "Walk Don't Run." The two did masonry work by day and played small clubs between Tacoma and Seattle at night. Initially calling themselves The Versatones, in 1959 they recorded and released "The Real McCoy," a song where Wilson lampooned actor Walter Brennan. The following year, they recorded "Walk Don't Run." The reason the song didn't make No. 1 was because Roy Orbi- son's "Only the Lonely" and Elvis Pres- ley's "It's Now or Never" came out at the IF YOU GO Don Wilson and The Ventures The Fabulous Wailers 'lPwo Car Garage' world tour kick off 8 p.m. April 10 The Moore Theatre 1932 Second Ave., Seattle $29, $50 and $100 www. themoore, corn Don Wilson and Nokle Edwards, an odg]nal member of The Ventures 8 p.m., June 12 Liberty Theater 116 W. Main Ave., Puyallup $5O www.ticketmastercom same time, Wilson said. The president of the record company that released The Ventures' first album said the group was good for only three albums at the most, Wilson said. So, the record executive sold The Ventures to an- other record label after their third album. "Now, here it is 250 albums later. He was wrong," Wilson said. "I am really surprised that we're here 50 years later and still working, and have never stopped, actually." After the performance at The Moore Theatre, the band heads off to Florida's Disney World for three performances in mid-April. In late May, the band tours eastern Canada. On June 12, The Ventures return to the BY JIM FEEHAN Don Wilsen, co-founder of The Ventures (left), with his son Tim Wilson, of Issaquah, holds his award from the 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Northwest with a gig at the Liberty The- atre in Puyallup. Later this year, the band tours Japan, where the band enjoys a large fan base. Wilson attributes his success to enjoy- ing his work. "People tell me, 'Don't you ever get tired of playing "Walk Don't Run,"'" he said. "I don't. The reason is the audience loves it." In the band's formative years of play- ing honky-tonks between Tacoma and Seattle, audiences repeatedly asked the band to play the song and some nights they performed "Walk Don't Run" five times, Wilson said. During last year's Hall of Fame induc- tion, Billy Joel told Wilson that "Walk Don't Run" was one of the first songs he learned on the piano. Elton John, in his Starbucks Christmas Collection, pays homage to The Ventures. Other artists listing The Ventures as an influence include George Harrison, Jimmy Page and Stephen Stills. So, too, have Keith Moon, of The Who; Max Weinberg, of The E Street Band; and Alan White, of Yes. "They were the beginning of rock 'n' roll for a lot of us," said White, who lives in Newcastle and has performed with the band. "The Ventures are going to be re- membered as a landmark in music." As a youngster growing up in Tacoma, Wilson said The Wailers were a big influ- ence on him. During last week's news conference, Buck Ormsby, the bassist for the Wailers, said he's surprised to be per- forming a half-century later. "We thought rock 'n' roll would have been over in 1959 or 1960," he said. "I kept thinking it was going to end. I find it amazing we're still playing after 50 years." Tacoma city leaders considered The Wailers' music "the devil's music," so the band had to perform outside the city lim- its, he said. In the band's early years, Wilson said the band's members visited local radio stations asking disc jockeys to play their music. One of the first DJs to take an in- terest in the band was Nancy Claire, who at 14 hosted a 15-minute show on a euyallup radio station, Wilson said. "I just remember them as being very professional," said Claire, who was among about 50 people at the press con- ference. "I'm honored they included me in their life story." Village Theatre veteran readies musical for Broad000000;00y BY JEFF IICHARDS While growing up, Brian Yorkey dreamed of going to Broadway to appear on one of the world's largest stages in front of more than 1,000 people. At Village Theatre in Issaquah, he was a long way away. But his dreams will be realized this spring, as his musical, "Next to Normal," heads to Broadway April 15 at the Lon- gacre Theatre. "I hate to admit it's a dream I had when I was 12, but it's true," he said. "Words can't describe it, ironically, even though words are my job." The achievement comes after 10 years of work on the musical for Yorkey and co-writer Tom KJtt. Yorkey wrote the script and lyrics; Kitt composed the mu- sic. Though they took breaks over the long period of time to work on other shows, the two always came back together to collaborate on their shared brainchild. "The crux of the show is really about Brian and I and our friendship," Kitt said. The two met while attending Columbia University in New York City. They began work on "Next to Normal" as an assign- ment for a Broadcast Music Inc. workshop. Though originally conceived as a 10- minute show, the pair went on to expand We know you best, because we are a lot like you... Issaquah Insurance Agency ua www.lssylnsuronce.com PEMCO phone:425-392-7887 I Insurance 2252.5 SE 64th Place Patrick Sho00k0000y, Community Aent Since t977 the story into a full-length musical. "Next to Normal" is about the Good- man family and the troubles it undergoes as the mother, Diana, struggles with a form of bipolar disorder. Yorkey conceived the idea while watch- ing an episode of "Dateline NBC" about bipolar disorders. He learned that most of the patients were female while most doctors diagnosing the disorder were male. "It's about what if a woman was suffer- ing from depression and all the men in her life were trying to help," he said. "We wanted to do something that would be different." For the music, Kitt wrote a score con- sisting mostly of rock 'n' roll, but also with some jazz, funk and folk. "The passion and raw energy of rock music fit with the mood," he said. "Ag- gressive rock music with a strong beat and rhythm can evoke all the anger and argument in the story." "Next to Normal" got its start at Village Theatre in 2005, when it underwent its first readings and workshops. "I think that's really cool for a theater in Issaquah, Washington, to get a show kick-started on its way to Broadway," Yorkey said. "Without Village Theatre, we wouldn't be here." The musical debuted off Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre on Feb. 13, 2008. Yorkey said it received mixed reviews, though the critical and audience re- sponse gave them enough feedback to make improvements. "We hadn't been able to nail the tone before," he said. "It's hard to know until you get it in front of an audience and see what doesn't work for them, what pulls them out of the story." Yorkey and Kitt went back to work, lessening some of the extraneous roles, such as the doctor, and focusing more on the family. "We were able to find the story and stick to it without going off on tangents," Yorkey said. "Now, it grabs people at the top and pulls them through this experi- ence." After rewrites, the musical opened Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C., at the Arena Stage. This time, it received favorable reviews across the board, paving the way for a return to New York, this time on Broad- way. It will be Kitt's second time with'a mu- sical on Broadway, though his first expe- rience, with "High Fidelity," lasted only a couple of weeks before the run ended. "It's made me a little more seasoned with what to expect," he said. "But there's nothing better than a big, beauti- ful theater to hear your music in." BY GREG FARRAR Brian Yorkey discusses his Broadway project 'Next to Normal' debuting April 15. This is the first Broadway experience for Yorkey, who grew up in Village The- atre. Beginning as a KIDSTAGE student, he eventually rose to the role of associate artistic director. He is still involved with Village The- atre. Most recently, he directed the the- ater's rendition of "The Importance of Being Earnest," which ended March 29. 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