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Welcome to Before the Downbeat, a podcast hosted by Mackenzie and Autumn! Together they will be talking all about musicals and the cultural and societal impacts of these shows have. In each episode they cover a different show and talk about the creative team, the production history, their experiences with the material, what are their top 3 favourite songs, the songs we either would cut entirely or skip, and then we answer the big questions of should this musical be revived today & does it st ...
 
Every week, Chilled Podcast brings some of the best tracks from the land of chill straight to your iPod. Genres span from electronica all the way to acoustic, bringing the most eclectic soundtrack for your life. Hosting the show is Ted Levine (little to say, much to play), who couldn't be any more enthusiastic about his music. Download, get some headphones, and chill.
 
Eclectic DJ mixes of diverse dance, hip-hop & emotive electronica. Across genres & tempos...chillout to dancefloor...from neurofunk to intelligent techno. Hopefully it will connect with either your head or your feet. Music featured includes breakbeat, jazzfunk & hip-hop to electronica, techno, electro & drum & bass. Full track listings with reference times can be found at the ThinkToy website...just follow the link. Updated weekly, this podcast also includes the latest hour long 'Thinknology ...
 
JazzLife is a 90-minute sonic exploration of today’s current jazz scene, through artist interviews, in-depth profiles, live festival coverage and exclusive concert footage. Highlighting both legends and emergent voices, JazzLife offers a nod to the past, bringing back how jazz was first introduced to most people, while also looking ahead at those furthering this rich oral tradition. Musicians and vocalists will have a platform to talk candidly about how they create and what inspires their mu ...
 
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Next Friday on Before the Downbeat Autumn and Mackenzie head into the world of the Peanuts and are hanging out by the dog house to discuss Snoopy! The Musical! Hear them debate about how intellectual these children should be and if some songs are too sophisticated for them. They champion the often overlooked character or Peppermint Patty and find o…
 
Mention the Beets name pretty much anywhere in the world, and any jazz enthusiast in the room will know what you’re talking about: quality, and a strong brand of bop and swing. And swing… that’s one thing tenor saxophonist, Alexander ‘The Hurricane’ Beets brings each year to the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival and every festival […]…
 
A little after noon Sunday in Asheville’s Pack Square, the first sounds indicating a turning point for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra came from Alicia Chapman, an oboe player testing out a series of reeds for optimal outdoor performance. “There is a pilot light, a flame that’s inside when I play music,” Chapman said. “I was a little afraid, ‘oh m…
 
The journey continues on the road to Before the Downbeat's holiday movie musical review. Join host Mackenzie as he dives into the official trailer which premiered on Good Morning America. In this review Mackenzie gives his thoughts on the trailer, how this trailer builds on the teaser trailer, and how he thinks the marketing campaign is going thus …
 
After a brief hiatus from our regular programming it's the season 4 premiere of Before the Downbeat! So Mackenzie and Autumn along with long time guest of the podcast Lynn defy gravity and take to the western skies to explore the Wizard of Oz prequel musical Wicked! This trio breaks down the relationship between Glinda and Elphaba and if both parti…
 
In one sense, Christopher Paul Stelling is always ready to tour. He drives a Ford Transit van with a lofted bed in the back, and bins of albums, shirts and buttons beneath, along with a makeshift lounge behind the front seats. “I got that with 25,000 miles on it, it’s got 155,000, I got it in 2017 and I didn’t tour last year,” he said. “You kinda u…
 
Next Friday it's the season premiere episode of season 4 of Before the Downbeat! So to kick off the season Autumn, Mackenzie and friend of the podcast Lynn Slotkin are heading to the realm of Oz and discussing the musical about happened before Dorothy arrived Wicked! Hear them explore the character of Glinda and if she can trusted. Find out if they…
 
One of the most decorated saxophonists of her generation, Nicki Roman, has won prizes at prestigious competitions such as the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition, Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, Fischoff, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship.…
 
Tom Godleski’s newest play sounds far different than when he first brought it to Asheville’s Magnetic Theatre . “He presented me with a very rough script. It was not written in a play format at all,” recalled Artistic Director Katie Jones. “But he had a pretty decent story and then some beautiful songs.” “They said ‘We are going to do your play, bu…
 
After a fun summer of remastering, live movie musical commentaries, and Schmigadoon reviews we have one more instalment (for now) in our Remastered Episodes project before season 4 begins next week! So journey back to the end of season 1 and enjoy our now reedited and remixed instalment of Season 1-Episode 14: Little Shop of Horrors! Plus do our en…
 
Taurus Lenoir remembers journaling as a 10-year-old. As an adult rapper, she rarely writes anything down before she hears a beat. Lenoir said the music inspires her words. “My sister encouraged freestyling off instrumentals, not even writing a song, just freestyling on that beat, going off the top of your head. So we would just do that for fun,” Le…
 
Oxalis is a weed-like ground cover that can quickly take over a lawn. Travis Lowe saw “Oxalis” as an apt metaphor and appropriate title for his latest stage play, about one woman’s experience with bipolar disorder. “It can have pretty flowers and it’s very hard to kill,” Lowe said. “So it can look like it’s completely dead for long periods of time …
 
Enjoy our last instalment (for now) of our episode by episode review miniseries of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this season finale episode, Mackenzie gives his thoughts on whether the show stuck the landing and provided a satisfying conclusion to the season or if there is more to be desired. Also find out if Mackenzie thinks i…
 
Brittany Jackson and two friends launched a film festival five years ago to showcase work they made, along with short films and music videos from friends. Today, the Cat Fly Film Festival largely serves the same purpose, though that group of friends has widened, thanks in part to the festival. “When we first had the idea, we were like, ‘We’re gonna…
 
Even when he dropped out of high school at 16, hopped trains and hitchhiked his way out of Southern Indiana, the man known to friends and fans today as Cactus believed he was on a mission. “ I didn’t run away, I ran to,” Cactus said. “I always knew there was more out there and I wanted to find it as quickly as possible.” Cactus is the founding ring…
 
Enjoy our latest instalment in our episode by episode review miniseries of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this episode 5, Mackenzie gives his thoughts on whether Jane Krakowski's Countess is necessary or if she is a tragically wasted opportunity and if this penultimate episodes sets audiences up for a gratifying finale. Plus he …
 
Chances are, you’ve heard the sound of Tia Fuller before. If you saw the blockbuster Pixar film, Soul, Fuller served as the sound behind the music of animated character “Dorothea Williams,” the sassy saxophonist (voiced by Angela Bassett). If you’ve caught any of Beyonce’s tours, Tia was part of an all-star All-Female Band, that also […]…
 
Indigo De Souza could be a spokeswoman for the DIY ethos. Of the more than dozen tattoos along her legs, arms and hands, several came from her own hand. “I stick and poke a lot of them, just with a needle and ink. I did this one, this one and this one,” she said, pointing around her legs. “Like this one is a drawing I did when I was little. And thi…
 
Enjoy our latest instalment in our episode by episode review miniseries of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this episode 4 Mackenzie gives his thoughts on whether this episodes plot should have been split into two episodes and if these new couplings pose a really threat to Josh and Melissa reconciling. Plus he continues to point o…
 
Twenty-eight years ago, Glenis Redmond was a clinical counselor for the state of South Carolina and the mother of twin toddler girls when she learned her excruciating condition had a name, Fibromyalgia. After absorbing the ramifications of her diagnosis, she recalls thinking of a prescient line of verse from the poet Lucille Clifton. “‘Everyday som…
 
Here we are with the next instalment in our episode by episode review miniseries of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this episode 3 Mackenzie gives his thoughts on the character of Florence Menlove and he gives insights on how this episode not only covers a lot of plot points but also shows how it balances the genuine emotions of …
 
Terry Roberts is like many who are certain they have a novel somewhere inside them. He’d go to work every day and carve time in the early mornings or quiet of twilight to writing he now regards as dreadful. “It was dreadful in the sense that I was struggling to find a voice, to teach myself how to write fiction,” Roberts said. “And while I think I …
 
Ramon Manas, Founder of Odisei Music, and Creator of the Travel Sax wanted to find a way to practice his saxophone more. His time was limited and his living situation didn’t allow him the freedom to practice whenever he wanted. Because of that, he was starting to get self-conscious about playing at all. Having an […]…
 
The loading dock behind the former post office in downtown Sylva was never intended as a theatrical stage. But beyond the location, Ashlee Wasmund has created something rarely seen in rural Western North Carolina—a theater company focused on new, original, locally produced work. “I think that has always been on my bucket list,” Wasmund said. She an…
 
Here we are with the next instalment in our episode by episode review miniseries of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this episode 2 Mackenzie gives his thoughts on the characters Betsy and Mayor Menlove and he deep dives into all the easter eggs that can be found in the 'Oklahoma!' inspired basket auction scene. Plus he continues …
 
Tarah Singh grew up in Hendersonville, attended private school and had a supportive family of artists and entertainers with a lineage of achievement. Her mother’s stepfather was Ronald Isley , the founding lead vocalist of the Isley Brothers. “I was around all kinds of creative people that were very successful,” Singh said. “A lot of people joke ar…
 
Tune in and enjoy our review of the pilot episode of the new hit musical comedy show 'Schmigadoon!'. In this episode Mackenzie breaks down the various connections to the golden age musicals that inspired this show and he sings the praises of writers who've done a great job laying a solid foundation for the show to build on. Stay tune for more episo…
 
The three women of the Smoky Mountain Sirens all had other things happening in music when they came together in 2019. They started like a lot of bands, covering other artists’ songs in local bars. “It was, like, ‘oh god,' it just felt like selling our souls for a while,” said guitarist and vocalist Aimee Jacob Oliver. But with the pandemic, Oliver,…
 
Billboard charting saxophonist, Chris Godber has become a highly sought after performer in both the Smooth Jazz & Gospel Jazz realms. His 2015 album “Starting Over”launched him into the Smooth Jazz spotlight with the chart topping hits Rain and Chill. HIs goal when he performs is not to just entertain, but to inspire. At an […]…
 
My guest on this episode is Wade MacNeil wonderful human and musician known for his work not only in the bands Alexisonfire, Gallows, Black Lungs and his new endeavour Dooms Children, but also for his score work for various films and video games. We caught up recently to discuss the formation, dissolution and subsequent re-convening of Alexisonfire…
 
Anya Hinkle is known largely for her time in the Americana bands Tellico and Dehlia Low. She made moves about two years ago to leave the safety of a band and embark on her own. With the pandemic, those moves grew into a calling. “I really had an opportunity to perform online and work up all these solo shows because I had to,” she said. “I just had …
 
This week we have another instalment in our Remastered Episodes project! Don't worry Season 4 is coming sooner than you think! In the meantime, enjoy another dive back into one of our earliest episodes that has now been reedited and has had the sound quality fixed too. For this latest instalment enjoy Season 1-Episode 11: Evita! Plus do our end of …
 
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