Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) will tape an episode of its variety show “The Round Up Radio Show” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8 at Café Sante of Boyne City.
And, while this hour-long program in the tradition of Hee-Haw and A Prairie Home Companion is expected to entertain, to one of its featured performers the show means so much more.
“I’m excited. It’s a wonderful opportunity to sing with some peers and, in some ways, it’s an innovative way to perform,” said Boyne City independent recording artist Robin Lee Berry. “It will be really nice to experience the single mic recording—that is bringing old-time radio back.”
In addition to the fun and excitement of taping a radio show in front of a live audience, Berry said she is glad to be a part of a tradition that seems to be disappearing all over the world.
“As a performer it is really fortunate to have the opportunity to hear other people play music,” she said. “I’ve talked to other people who play their share of live performances and live music is becoming more and more rare. One reason is the music industry is trying to capture royalties of commercial artists … and they have made it difficult for small venues to continue to operate.”
Berry added, “For a venue like Café Sante to be offering live music it is so important for people to participate and support and experience that live situation, because it is not happening more and more.”
Berry, who began singing when she was just 4 or 5 years old, is considered to be in the genre of indie folk music.
“I also function quite a bit in the jazz world—more to do with older jazz,” she said.
What types of songs will she perform during the show’s taping?
“It usually depends on the flavor people toss out there,” she said.
“That’s the nice thing about having a lot of songs in the repertoire, you can kind of pick and choose what styles of songs to add to the evening so the collection has a cohesiveness.”
Berry added, “Even when I play by myself I have no set list … I kind of play it by ear.”
The Round Up Radio Show will be hosted by Northern Michigan native Bill Dungjen, who also produces the show.
The Vermeers and other musical guests will also appear on the program which includes audience participation, prizes and more.
The Vermeers sound has been described as a mixture of rock-n-roll barn dance, alternative country and indie folk pop.
When the audience is asked, “What time is it?” they are to respond: “It’s round-up time.”
The show’s band Sour Mash will play, prizes will be given for the longest drive, there will be a segment called “The Round Up Repertory’s Two Pages,” snack time with Café Sante and there will even be a telephone interview with Universal Syndicate’s “Frazz” cartoonist creator Jef Mallett, who is a Michigan native.
An open mic session will follow the performances for anyone in attendance.
The show will eventually air at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 on 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; and online at iprnews.org.
Café Sante is located at 1 Water St. in Boyne City.