Mad. Bros. & Rose
Written and directed by Michael Grice;
musical direction by Peter Rowan.
Merle Haggard probably coined the phrase in the early
‘50s when asked to describe the music of The Maddox Brothers
and Rose: “Well, they’re not really hillbilly and they’re not
really rock and roll…I guess you’d call
them rock-a-hillbilly.” The first inductees into the Rock-a-Billy
Hall of Fame, Rose and her brothers almost single-handedly
created this new musical genre combining old
fashion “thump and jump” sounds of the South with the vigor
and brashness of the West Coast. Their energetic sound, cornball
comedy, and wild costumes may have offended the Nashville elite but
the audiences loved it. By the mid ‘50s, Nashville artists
like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb not only followed the Maddox
sound but started dressing like them, too! From Johnny Cash to
Janis Joplin, legends of American music continued to acknowledge
the Maddox Brothers and Rose for their sound. Generating the same
high energy and colorful characters, Mad. Bros. & Rose recreates
the rowdy and boisterous radio and stage shows that made these
wild pioneers of American music so unforgettable. This is a World
Premiere event destined to travel the same road to success as Smoke
on the Mountain and Pump Boys and Dinettes.
Thursday, 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 2:30 PM.
$15 all seats, Thursday
$22 full and $18 youth/senior all other performances.
Spreckels Performing Arts Center
5409 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
This show is presented by Pacific Alliance Stage Co.