Frank's Weekend Faves, March 17, 2019

Frank's Weekend Faves, March 17, 2019

If you like your rock Southern-fried with a side order of chainsaw, you don't have to look far this week. Jackyl, the band that has made lumberjacking rock for the past quarter-century, is coming to The City Center in Champaign on Friday night.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and Jackyl hits the stage at 505 S. Chestnut St., C, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $30.

The rowdy Southern rockers, who released their self-titled, platinum-selling debut album in 1992, are extending their silver anniversary celebration with a new compilation album, "25," which drops July 28 via Mighty Loud Records.

The album's 18-track set is undoubtedly pretty close to Friday night's setlist, as it features such radio hits as "Down on Me," "The Lumberjack," "Push Comes to Shove" and "When Will It Rain," as well as two previously unreleased tracks — a live rendition of "Redneck Punk" and a smokin' cover of Black Oak Arkansas' "Hot and Nasty."

The band's most recent studio release, its eighth, was 2016's "ROWYCO." But Jackyl is best remembered by fans of classic Southern rock as the group that introduced the chainsaw solo to rock 'n' roll's instrumental lexicon. Lead singer Jesse James Dupree does the honors onstage, generally dismantling a wooden barstool during the performance of "The Lumberjack."

Of course, there's a lot more to a live Jackyl show than power tools and woodworking. It's a loud, raunchy, full-fledged party. As Dupree says, "It's not about coming to see a Jackyl show; it's about coming to be a part of it. Every show becomes a family reunion."

The hard-rockin' blues boogie quartet — which also includes guitarist Jeff Worley, bassist Roman Glick and drummer Chris Worley — is certainly no stranger to these parts, having played The City Center at least once before (May 2016) and at the Watseka Theatre in Iroquois County a half-dozen times or more as well, most recently in November. In fact, they're scheduled to play there again on Thanksgiving weekend this year, although the theater's website says details (and ticket info) are still pending.

Till then, your best bet for reuniting with the Jackyl family is this Friday in Champaign. And if you plan to sit up front, wear your safety goggles.

Raising the curtain, Part I: 'The Two Towers' at the Homer Opera House

The play, based on the second book of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" series, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and 29-30 and 2:30 p.m. March 24 and 31.

The play is directed by Joanna Powell-Wright, with Matt Wright as technical director. Their children, including Delaney as Gandalf, as well as kids from all over the area, comprise the cast. Featured are Riley Krall of St. Joseph as Frodo; her sister, Eleni, as Legolas; and Trinity Hall of Homer as Samwise Gamgee. Also: Addie Shanks and Ben Shanks of Homer, Isaac Dean of Caitlin, Libby Boyer and Lilly Boyer of Broadlands, and Addie Mumm of Sidney.

Unique to the production is that the Middle-Earth settings are provided by stage projections. And the play is performed almost entirely by kids ages 6 to 17.

It's being presented on the grand stage and auditorium of the opera house, 101 N. Main St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for ages 12 and under, and are available at homeroperahouse.com or at the door.

Raising the Curtain, Part II: DSO and DLO's 'Beauty and the Beast'

The Danville Symphony Orchestra and the Danville Light Opera Musical Theatre are presenting their final performance of Disney's classic Broadway musical "Beauty and the Beast" at 3 p.m. today at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School. Tickets are $20 to $40 and can be bought through the DSO website, www.danvillesymphony.org, or by phone at 217-443-5300. Concessions are available before the show and during intermission; the lobby opens one hour before the performance.

This collaborative production features more than 60 local performers and 40 professional musicians under the direction of Jodi Prosser-Muller, music/orchestra director Jeremy Swerling and vocal director Martha Lindvahl.

Winner of the 1994 Tony Award for best costumes and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for best new musical, "Beauty and the Beast" features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The musical is adapted from Walt Disney Pictures' Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film, which is based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

And the story? You should know it well. After all, it's a "tale as old as time, true as it can be ..."

What I'm watching this week: 'The Fix' on ABC

If you're sick to death of TV retrospectives on the O.J. Simpson case, here's an intriguing new spin that doesn't mention the disgraced former NFL and Hollywood star at all. Sort of.

Marcia Clark, the former deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County forever associated with the failed prosecution of Simpson's 1995 double-murder trial, is the executive producer and co-writer of ABC's new 10-episode drama, premiering Monday.

The series stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat after prosecuting an A-list movie star (Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje) for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she escapes to a quieter life in the country. But that solitude is shattered when eight years later, the same star is under suspicion for another murder.

Sound at all familiar?

"It is what it is," Clark says of her place in legal history. "There's nothing I can do about it. So I accept it. I understand it. I can't blame the public, because it was the most publicized case I ever had."

Acceptance can be a lucrative business, eh, Marcia?

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