Parlor in the Round: Feels like dinner. Sounds like a house concert. Looks like improve comedy. Introducing Candice Ivory, Orion Donicht and Tyler Munns @ Bunnell Street Arts Center with host Kevin Worrell. Tickets are available here.
The Mountain State has its Stage and the Tiny Desk, its Concerts. This concert season Alaskans will gather at Parlor In The Round. Borrowing from the guitar pull tradition of porches and campfires, songwriters from all walks of Alaskan life (and some beyond) will trade songs and stories as they are inspired by each other.
After the intermission, tradition is cast aside as the musicians dive into collaborations, jocular inventions and premeditated musings all based on written submissions from the audience.
Kevin Worrell hosts this dinner theater, drawing out the strength and vulnerability of each artist while holding the crowd closely throughout the performance. The Bunnell transforms the gallery into dinner theater and a hush falls over the crowd. Expect to lean in and laugh out loud at the Parlor.
Orion Donicht is a one-man wrecking ball of country blues, blistering punk and social justice. With a bartender’s wit and a sailor’s mouth, Donicht’s performances on the Parlor are legendary, with feats of improv, wise-cracking, and teary eyed truth wrapped up in every song.
Billed as the “Queen of Avant Soul” Candice Ivory was born near Memphis, TN, to a family steeped in the musical traditions of the Mississippi Delta. Her talents took her to New York at a young age to study voice and composition with jazz elites, Miles Griffith, Richard Harper, Junior Mance and Cecil Bridgewater. Exposed to a world of music in the Big Apple, Candice’s sound pulls from many musical traditions, and through the decades to make a sound that is singular and timeless.