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Treading the fine line between clever

UPDATE 2/14/21: The Sockrates Sock Puppet Facebook page has posted a premiere announcement that you can set to send you reminders of the event. Throw your day planner away. Again, that link is https://www.facebook.com/SockratesPuppets/

Announcing our first performance in more than a year, The Viper & His Famous Orchestra can be seen as part of Waiting for Spinal Wind, a vast, sprawling multi-performer event, streaming @ https://www.facebook.com/SockratesPuppets/ for the first time on Friday, February 19, 2021 starting at 8:00 p.m (CST).

Hosted by the Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic, the performances mine five decades of gold from the Christopher Guest multiverse. You know, puppet show AND Spinal Tap.

The stream is free, with a virtual tip jar to benefit the Madison Children’s Museum. Come see what we’ve been up to during quarantine!

Here’s some detail from the Sockrates press release:

Madison, Wis.— Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic presents a locally sourced Valentine’s mixtape, with Cupid’s arrow taking direct aim at the hearts of fans of the Christopher Guest canon. Two dozen musicians and actors with Madison ties have joined forces at a distance to present a virtual variety show featuring music and vignettes from the beloved mockumentary films This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind. Bonus tracks include a shout-out to Schitt’s Creek and an early pre-Tap collaboration, taking the viewer on a musical tour spanning five decades, from the late 1970s through the 2010s.

It only took a year-long global pandemic and a major caesura in the live performance sector to bring this multitalented lineup together on a bill. Contributing artists represent a panoply of bands in the Madison music scene, including Yid Vicious, Disaster Passport, V05, Madison Opera, Hirt Alpert, The Gomers, The Drain, Furious Bongos, Steely Dane, Über Alice, Loving Cup, and many more.

Hey! We’re many more!

And here’s a list of performers. Any you like?

  • Amateur Mixtape: Hayseed Rick and Bad Sister Heidi
  • Andrew Rohn
  • Andy Moore
  • Catherine Capellaro
  • Dani Luckett
  • Dave Adler
  • Darth Presley
  • The Disposable Art Ensemble: David Bohn, James Bohn, Geoff Brady, David Spies
  • Geoff Brady
  • James Bohn
  • Kia Karlen
  • Matthew Sanborn
  • Nature’s Colors: Jeff Burkhart and Eva Shiffrin
  • Robin Kurzer
  • Scott Gendel
  • Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic. Sock puppets appear courtesy of SPAG, the Sock Puppet Actors Guild, and Seamsters Local Union No. 144
  • The Viper and His Famous Orchestra: Ryan Jerving, Riley Broach, Rob Henn, John Peacock
  • Jonathan Zarov
Rob Henn gives a big “Hello!” to an old friend at the Madison Children’s Museum, July 25, 2014