'WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour': Pink Martini and the von Trapps
6:45 p.m. March 17 at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, 300 E. Third St. $20. (859) 252-8888. Woodsongs.com.
It's quick turnaround time for Thomas Lauderdale and the globally inclined pop ensemble Pink Martini.
Having played Lexington little more than two weeks ago with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Portland, Ore., troupe is back for Monday's taping of WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.
Between the slim space of time separating these two appearances, Pink Martini released a new album, Dream a Little Dream, that teams the ensemble with the von Trapps, four great-grandchildren from the famed Austrian singing family immortalized in The Sound of Music. The quartet — vocalists Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp — performed with Pink Martini at the UK Symphony concert. The singers also will be on hand for the WoodSongs taping.
"They had a great career being the sort of Sound of Music kids," Lauderdale said of the von Trapps. "Now, August is 19 and Sofia is 25, and they are no longer kids. They're young adults that were beginning to think of what other directions to go in. I mean, they can't be wearing dirndls and singing So Long, Farewell for the rest of their lives.
"So I met them at this amazing moment where they were just beginning to figure out what they were going to do. 'Are we actually going to continue singing or are we just going to go off and have our individual lives?'
Monday's taping might seem far afield from the sort of program one might expect on St. Patrick's Day, but Dream a Little Dream concludes its global journey in Ireland. On the album-closing Thunder, an original composition by August von Trapp, another collaborator was enlisted: the landmark traditional Irish music band The Chieftains.
"The Chieftains are extraordinary," Lauderdale said. "At the top of the recording project, I said, 'Who are your idols? Who are the artists you look up to?' At the top of the list were The Chieftains. We used to be managed by the same company that manages The Chieftains, so that's how all this was really possible. Suddenly, we found ourselves in Dublin recording with The Chieftains in their studio.
"We were just so honored to be able to play Thunder with the Chieftains," Sofia von Trapp said. "To be able to honor the history of what our great-grandparents left the world but also express to the listener where we want to go next with August's music was so special. But we wanted to capture the international feel that honors the older generation as well."
Allmans on deck
Although released during the summer of 1971, the incendiary concert recording The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East was primarily composed of performances recorded March 12 and 13 of that year.
Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue, will mark the anniversary of those shows Friday with a tribute program featuring musicians from several Lexington bands — Bluegrass Collective, Green Genes, The Barry Mando Project, The Other Brothers and more — covering the blues-saturated guitar tunes that the Allmans immortalized on the recording.
Sundown Service will also perform a set of its own on the bill. (10 p.m. $8, $10. (859) 309-9499. Cosmic-charlies.com.
Tee Dee wins
Belated congratulations to Lexington's Tee Dee Young Band for taking top honors in the River City Blues Competition last month in Marietta, Ohio.
Considered the oldest talent competition of its kind in Ohio, the event drew acts from New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and as far away as Italy and Israel. Prizes included sponsorship to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, which exposes artists to festival promoters and music industry representatives.