Live onstage at the North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s in Lincoln: two big holiday weekend shows deliver top entertainment, with Saturday night comedy and Sunday night blues and rock.
Greg Boggis, Jean’s house comic event producer brings three Boston-based funny femmes on Saturday, May 25. Featured performer Kristin O’Brien is considered one of the rising stars on the comedy scene from coast to coast. “Auntie Kristin” will make you laugh non-stop when you hear her views on marriage, divorce and dating. O’Brien will open for two headliners: Jody Sloane and Emily Ruskowski.
Sloane began with sit-down shtick as Penny Wise, a cheeky “Conducktor” on Boston Duck Tours. The experience of 4,000+ tours was the perfect tee-up to becoming a stand-up comedian. Now a regular at comedy venues, including Headliners Comedy Clubs throughout New England, Gotham Comedy Club in NYC, Comix Comedy Club at Foxwoods, and everywhere in between throughout the Northeast.
Co-headliner Ruskowski is Boston-based but criss-crosses the country for gigs and comedy festivals. In 2015, she was named of one the Comedy Studio’s Comics in Residence and opened for Maria Bamford at the Wilbur. Emily has been featured in the Boston Globe (who said of her “She has the charm and affability of Brian Regan and a casual sense of storytelling like Janeane Garofalo.”), and the Washington Post. She has performed on Laughs TV on the Fox Network and the popular “Two Dope Queens” podcast.
Music reigns supreme on Sunday, May 26 at Jean’s when the Diane Blue All Star Band is in the house. Her vocals are stirring, her harmonica skills engaging, and audiences will see why she was twice voted “Outstanding Female Singer” in The Blues Audience Reader Polls. Her music has been described as soulful and sassy; and an energetic send up of the blues/R&B style that saw her band winning the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge – and chalking up many other awards and nominations along the way. Diane has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist Ronnie Earl, as well as Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and abroad as a featured performer. The All Star Band performing alongside her includes Bruce Marshall (Tony Cladwell Band, James Montgomery Band, BMG), Chuck Farrell (Peacheaters, John Butcher’s Band), Tim Archibald (RTZ, Peter World’s House Party Five), John Vanderpool (Extreme, Heavy Metal Horns), and Pete Premo (James Montgomery Band, BMG).
General admission tickets to each event are $20 per person; and performances begin at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26. Note that the comedy night is rated PG-13; Diane Blue and the All Stars performance is suitable for every age music lover. Get tickets and info at www.jeansplayhouse.com or phone the box office at 603-745-2141.
Jean’s Playhouse is home to the non-profit North Country Center for the Arts, which will offer a 34th summer of professional, live theatre June 20 – Sept. 14 with productions of a comedic Hound of the Baskervilles, Titanic the Musical, Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Fantasticks, and Almost, Maine. Information also found at the jeansplayhouse.com site.