Crystal Theatre presents final event of the year
CRYSTAL FALLS — Anglin’ Wayne & The Trollers present an evening of wit and fun that pays tribute to the Northwoods lifestyle with accomplish musicians, humor and cleverness at 7 p.m. CT Saturday at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls.
Anglin’ Wayne and The Trollers is a fishing band led by Warren Nelson, aka Anglin’ Wayne, a band famous among their peers.
The group includes Randy Sabien on fiddle and mandolin, Otis McClennon, on harmonica (formerly of Otis and The Alligators who played Crystal Falls Theater), Ed Willett on cello and Andy Dee on guitar.
The show is comedy and concert with a boat load of up north great songs, such as “Tackle Box Waltz,” “Trolling Home to You,” “Big Brown Trout,” and “Nice Fish,” and “Pankin’ to the Wood Pile.”
A Fairmont, Minnesota, native, Warren Nelson is the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale historical musicals. Warren Nelson is an accomplished songwriter, musician, entertainer, poet, historian, radio host and a tent-show “Man of the Cloth” with a career in show business lasting more than 40 years.
Randy Sabien, a Wisconsin native, founded and chaired the jazz string department at Berklee College of Music, where he also performed with, and produced albums for, folk musician Jim Post (of the 1960s group Friend & Lover). Randy Sabien is one of those rare string musicians to be hailed as both a violinist and a fiddler. Sabien has been a frequent guest on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Austin City Limits” and has toured the world playing in different styles and with many of music’s great stars. Randy is also a highly-regarded educator and author of instructional texts.
Ed Willet is a wonderful entertainer, a world class cello player who has been performing with Warren for many years. Willet is also a composer and will perform his great humor-piece, “The Minnowette,” which he composed in 2003 for Warren’s beloved comedy fishing show, Riverpants.
Wailing harmonica and raw powered vocals come to the stage with Wisconsin blues man Otis McLennon. McLennon is widely known throughout the Midwest performing and recording with Otis & The Alligators.
Andy Dee will be on the guitar, dobro, steel guitar, ukulele. Dee was a founding member of Warner recording artists Molly & The Heymakers, He lives in the Minneapolis metro area, where he is an in-demand multi-instrumentalist, session musician, producer and writer for top Twin Cities and national artists.
This is the eighth and final event of the Crystal Theatre’s Gem of a Season 2017 Series. For more information visit thecrystaltheatre.org or call 906-875-3208. Advance tickets are available at a discounted price on-line and at local outlets.