LAKE JACKSON — From the creators of the “Grand Ol’ Christmas Show” comes a new, all-American themed variety spectacle that will draw up memories of summers from years past, complete with music that likely would been appropriate playing in the background of poolside parties.
“The Grand Ol’ American Radio Show” is a live musical variety show celebrating the culture and music of a feel-good American summer. Produced by Grand Ol’ Show Productions, Will Hearn’s “Grand Ol’ American Radio Show” features the internationally touring band Blue Water Highway, backed by the Liberty Radio Orchestra & Gospel Singers.
Locals might know Hearn, who started “The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show” with high school friends Greg Essington and Zack Kibodeaux. Essington and Kibodeaux would later create the Blue Water Highway band.
The show is 7:30 to 10 Saturday at the Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive in Lake Jackson and continues for a second night 4 to 6 p.m. June 30 at the same location.
Going from the Christmas shows he has produced to a summer-themed event seemed like a natural extension, Hearn said.
“We have just been in that holiday market for such a long time and the idea was sparked on by people suggesting that we do something else besides Christmas,” he said. “Venturing out into another genre or another time of year is really great for us. We are really excited about it.”
Grand Ol’ Show Productions actually has a few ideas they are cooking up for the future, Hearn said.
“We are doing lots of other things,” he said. “We are going to start actually touching on a lot of different holidays, different times of the year. We got a Halloween show in the works, which is actually bigger than Christmas.”
The show’s format is modeled after 1940s radio shows that were performed in front of live audiences, Hearn said.
“Most of them were done in theaters or theatrical stages in front of big, studio audiences,” he said. “We are definitely playing off of that idea. It’s vintage but it’s not. We call all of our shows progressive nostalgia.”
The show will contain different musical elements that should be able to tap into the specific sensibilities of each audience member, Hearn said.
“Our shows are designed and crafted to be feel-good shows without being cliche or pandering,” he said. “We just try to make all the music accessible and enjoyable.”
And with that comes a streamlined, sharp script.
There have been 200-plus years of history to draw from for the production, as far as music America is popular for, show writer Dalton Flake said.
“That was the hardest part,” he said. “Picking out something that was going to encompass what we were going for.”
America is famous for being a melting pot of cultures and that will be reflected in the show, Flake said.
“We got a very diverse group on stage and a very diverse group of music as well,” he said.
If people can walk away feeling as if they left an American-themed party, the show has succeeded, Hearn said.
“We want to encapsulate what the American summertime experience is,” he said. “Music that elicits that feeling, that makes you think of those summertime activities.”
For information on tickets, go to www.goshowproductions.com/tour.