Bare Bones Halloween Extravaganza

Big news – Aine and I got front row at the Bare Bones show *and* we got to sit on the hay bales. Not the ground. It was our major award for being early.

The Bare Bones has been doing big puppet shows for Halloween since 1994. We haven’t been seeing them that long – but maybe 10 years. It’s done outside at Hidden Falls the two weekends before Halloween. We have been there freezing. We’re been there in T-shirts. This year was huddle together in hoodies weather.

The show was awesome. We’ve been seeing it for years. This year the show was lighter on story, higher on concept, which was really nice. It seem brings out the music and lets the puppetry seem more like art than story. That being said, each scene does have a simple theme or plot.

My favorite part was the giant skeleton. It comes crawling onto the stage and it’s so well done. It’s large movement and the bones are so bright. The skeleton later walks and dances and rides a turtle. It’s so visual. I just loved it.

Aine’s favorite part was the four live people performing as puppets. They had a repeating dance step where puppeteer becomes puppet.

Here are some snippets from the show:

Michael Ray Pfeifer Love Americana Style

Thursday night Michael Rey Pfeifer released his new CD, Blind Faith at the Hook and Ladder. There was a lot of love in room with family from all around, which seems fitting for a man who seemed to write a lot about love for the new CD.

Starting with the CD namesake Blind Faith, a song about love that comes with time. It, like most of the songs, has an old school county rock sound. There’s a 70s twang to the guitar in this song but there’s also a poppiness in the album that hearkens back to earlier days.

Marry Me Tonight has a different boppiness with the sentiment and toe tappiness of a surf song. It’s fun to listen to and has a multi-layer American feel with the overt Americana and covert beachiness.

Pfeifer writes songs for guitar players and guitar lovers – from the guitar start of Marry Me Tonight to the standout guitar solo in Rockets. It’s no wonder he has so many strings on stage. He is ably backed up with Curt Hutchens on guitar, Dan Carlsen on bass, Pat Wheeler on guitar and Ryan Inselman on drums.