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DIVA NEWS ARCHIVE -- JUNE 2006


June 28, 2006

Gay Noble and Arigon StarrJAKE IS KEEPING ALL THE GOOD STUFF FOR HIMSELF....AAAY!

 

Black and White Cat is mum about Arigon Starr's road trip.

Our trusty news mascot, Jake the Cat has lots of great stories from Albuquerque, Window Rock, Dulce, Tulsa, West Plains, Bloomington (Hi Brian and all y'all at WFHB Firehouse Broadcasting), Newport and Nashville. However, he's keeping it to himself until he is good and ready to report the latest news from DivaVille. "I will accepts gifts of heavenly cat treats, cushy cat beds and movies featuring John Belushi," he purred. "If you give to me, I will give to you."

Oh, that Jake!

Seriously -- the Diva is enjoying herself on the road and will have some new stories and photos here shortly.

In the meantime, be nice to the kitty! AAAY!


May 24, 2006

Gay Noble and Arigon StarrINFILTRATING THE AIRWAVES AND CAUSING TROUBLE IN MUSIC CITY!

 

Arigon Starr new CD "The Red Road - Original Cast Recording" is getting airplay -- and Arigon is getting ready to hit the road again!

Good news from radio-ville! We're hearing from radio station around the country that Arigon's new release is hitting the airwaves. DJ friends like Gregg McVicar (Earthsongs), John Gregg (AIROS and KZUM-FM in Lincoln, NE) and John Talley (KBOO-FM in Portland, OR) have been spinning cuts since the record came out. However, additional stations are adding Arigon's songs to their playlists including Jim DeNomie's Voices From The Circle in Chicago, Arlie Kendall's XM Radio show Hand of Grandfather and Albuquerque's KUNM-FM are playing "The Red Road." "I am still catching up with folks who've received the CD -- so I hope I can report more action on the airwaves soon," said Arigon.

[That's Arigon with her sister Gay Noble in Nashville. Photo taken by Lorre Mendelson.]

Another fun trip for Arigon was trekking to the Ahmanson Theater at the Los Angeles Music Center to see the play "The Black Rider." She had the opportunity to spend time with the talented cast including Richard Strange, Mary Margaret O'Hara and Vance Avery. Arigon says "The Black Rider" is a MUST! The music for the show was written by Tom Waits and the text of the show by William S. Burroughs. "Robert Wilson's direction, set and lighting are out of this world," she said. "The play will definitely make you forget your troubles, make you laugh and appreciate Tom Waits' songwriting craft. Besides -- Vance Avery who plays Pegleg is hot! AAAAY!," yukked Arigon. The Black Rider is onstage in Los Angeles until June 11th.

Travis and Gary BennettArigon has also been on a short road trip to Nashville. Arigon's friend Gary Bennett had a couple of great gigs (Grimey's Record Store and 3rd and Lindsley) last week. "I haven't seen his show since last year -- and he's doing a great job," enthused Arigon. Arigon's sister Gay Noble joined her on the journey.

The sisters caught up with old friends like Ross Wine-Sky (who's working on a new CD) and Lorre Mendelson, plus Mackenzi Johnson (who just got a diploma!) and Jeff Green and Danna Strong at the Americana Music Association.

"I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to," Arigon said. Arigon had fun trading comic barbs with Travis Bennett, who flew in from Oklahoma to see his brother perform. "Travis has a great sense of humor and it was a kick to finally witness the Travis and Gary show. Their Mom, Cathy Kehoe has been telling me about it for years!," said Arigon.

Could this be coming to a comedy network near you? You never know! [That's Travis and Gary in front of a statue of country legend Ernest Tubb's.]

There was also shopping at Katy K's and catching up with musicians friends like Don Herron (who performed with Gary) and Jay McDowell who is now a happy family man and video director.

Also at the Bennett show were Gary' manager Jon Hensley, Jason Knight, Morrella Raleigh and Karen Van Zant. "We had such a good time. I didn't want it to be over," smiled Arigon. We're sure she'll be back in Nashville before you know it.


May 2, 2006

Janet Miner, Brian May, Arigon and Ellen PerryTHANKS LOS ANGELES AND AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER FOR "THE RED ROAD"

 

Arigon Starr fans across the Southland flock to see "The Red Road" and bring their friends with them to roar with laughter at the hit one-woman comedy.

We were sad to see it go -- but equally happy to know that there were so many satisfied audience members who enjoyed all ten performances of "The Red Road" at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. As predicted, people who saw the show came back and brought many of their friends to see the laugh-a-minute antics of the folks at the All Nations Cafe.

[That's Arigon with her friend Brian May, plus Wacky CEO Janet Miner and her twin sister Ellen Perry backstage at the Queen + Paul Rodgers concert in San Diego, California. Brian May is an Arigon Starr fan!]

All kinds of folks came to see "The Red Road" -- including actors, writers, Hollywood producers, casting directors, industry types, musicians, etc.

"Even though I loaded up the play with lots of Indian humor -- the non-Indians who saw the show got it and really enjoyed looking behind the curtain at contemporary Indians," smiled Arigon.

Danny Dacron and Keith Moon"Randy Reinholz (the show's director), Jean Bruce Scott (Native Voices Executive Director), plus my pals at the Autry (Rose-Yvonne Colletta, Yadhira DeLeon, Evelyn Davis, David Burton, Scott Kratz and John Gray) really pulled out all the stops to make the show a big success," said Arigon.

"They also put together an fantastic production team -- including Rob Vestal, Justin Vestal, Michel Tyabji, Patricia Gomes, Ian Skorodin and Flori Schutzer -- who were there with me at each performance to make sure all the sound and lighting cues were spot on! You wouldn't think a one-woman show needed so many folks to come off as polished as it did, ennit? It takes a village to raise a Diva," she laughed.

"Some of the things I loved about the show was talking to folks afterwards about what touched them. I was thrilled when two Englishmen told me how authentic my British accent was! My character Danny Dacron is a British Punk Rocker, but was actually based on The Who's drummer Keith Moon -- a wild, crazy man who lived big and loved making a scene. [That's Arigon as Danny Dacron -- and the real Keith Moon] Both of the Englishmen loved the use of British vocabulary. I don't think anyone in America would use the term 'fortnight' instead of saying 'two weeks ago.' I was also relieved when people from The Creek Nation came to see the show and gave me a thumbs-up on my Creek language pronounciation. The Indian DJ, Clyde Chupco, is Creek and peppers his radio broadcast with Creek phrases. Another group who loved the show were Okies! There are a lot of references to places in Oklahoma and many folks told me it made them feel like they were home. That is impressive to me," Arigon said.

What's next for "The Red Road" you might ask? Well, plans are afoot to take the play on the road. Two performances have already been booked by the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and Washington, DC -- with more to come. If you are interested in booking "The Red Road" in your community, please give us a shout here at Starrwatcher Online and we will hook you up with the right people. More on those tour dates as the shows are confirmed! Stay tuned to Starrwatcher Online!


RADIO IS DIGGING "THE RED ROAD - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING"

Was that Patty Jones we heard on the airwaves? Emmitt Tsinajinnie? Danny Dacron? We've been hearing from lots of folks in Radio-Land that they are airing cuts from Arigon Starr's new CD "The Red Road - Original Cast Recording." Our friends at AIROS' "Earthsongs" and "Voices From The Circle" have been airing songs from the new CD -- in addition to folks at Portland, Oregon's KBOO-FM, Albuquerque's KUNM-FM, WNKU-FM in Northern Kentucky and more. We'll keep you updated on Arigon's upcoming radio promo tour and live gigs with the band. There's a lot going on in Diva-Ville!



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