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Date announced for Pygmalion Festival

The Viper and His Famous Orchestra will play at the 2010 Pygmalion Festival in Champaign, Illinois on Saturday, September 25.

Going head-to-head in a competition for your affections with Roky Erickson with Okkervil River (playing at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the same time), yours trulies will playing the beer garden at Mike ‘N Molly’s, with Zach May and The Maps opening at 7:00 p.m. and The Viper and His Famous Orchestra going on at 8:00. There’s an $8 cover for the show, though if you already have a full Pygmalion Festival pass it is, of course, free.* Because other shows are booked into the venue after we go home, we have a strict ending time of 9:15.

We’re excited to be playing again in Champaign, we’re excited about Zach May and the Maps, and we’re — well, we’re just plain excitable boys all around.

And if you can’t make it Champaign on the 25th, then you’ll want to check out Viper alum Edward Burch in Chicago that same night at the Subterranean club (2011 W. North Ave.). In a benefit for the Jay Bennett Foundation — “A special night of playing the early songs and celebrating the release of Kicking At The Perfumed AirEdward Burch and the Staunch Characters will play with special guests Steve Frisbie, David Vandervelde, and (members of) Dolly Varden. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $10.00 .

*NOTE ON PYGMALION. Advance tickets are available through the Krannert Center. Full festival passes cost $65. You can find the full schedule through Smile Politely (and now it looks like the Pygmalion site also has the schedule up).

Set list for July 10, 2010 #2

For the third of four performances in Illinois over the weekend of July 9-11, The Viper and His Famous Orchestra brought their 7-piece sound to the beer garden at Mike N’ Molly’s in Champaign, following the solo/mixed set by Edward Burch, there to launch the new Jay Bennett album, Kicking at the Perfumed Air (see jaybennett.org), and all following the Champaign Music Festival at which Hum rocked for Champaign’s 150th Anniversary (John Peacock preferred the band with horns on the other stage; and I suppose you’d have preferred an astronaut.

We’ll be back in Champaign again on September 25, at Mike N’ Molly’s, as part of the Pygmalion Music Festival.

Here’s what we played this time:

  • First Round Polka
  • Atomic Sermon
  • Sharkin’
  • My Seafaring Lassie
  • Big Headed Small Minded Man
  • When I Was a Young Girl
  • Party in the U.S.A.
  • Stopper in My Hand
  • Randolph St.
  • Ich Bin Berlin (The Sundown Song)


  • Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  • Protest Song (Rain on the Tin Roof)

The next day, we stopped into Carrie’s Antiques & Jewelry and almost bought matching suits, you know, like the News.