SHINE Fundraising Milestone

Wow, folks. We're almost at $6000 in our SHINE IndieGoGo campaign! Just $30 more clams to reach that milestone. Your generosity is truly amazing. To celebrate, we're releasing a new video from the 2010 production of SHINE.

In this video - The Perversions of Yesteryear - Shine Mionne reminisces about the days before computers when you had to leave your home and venture out into the night to find other pervs to get into trouble with. This song is on the heavier side. Darkly humorous in places. Also NSFW.

If you haven't heard, I will be playing guitar in this live-music production in 2016 and I'll be the Musical Director. I saw this show some years ago in Vancouver and absolutely loved it. I'm thrilled that I can now get to be a part of this show and that it will have live music this time!

Behind the Nightmare Before the Nutcracker

Producer/Director Chris Myrdock and Musical Director Red Heartbreaker were on ShawTV this week talking about our show Nightmare Before The Nutcracker.

We could not be more proud of this show and of this tremendous team of stellar, insanely skilled people. The show starts this weekend at the Rio Theatre! Tickets at

SHINE clip In Your Hand

Thanks for all the donations we've received for our SHINE IndieGoGo campaign so far! To celebrate, we'd like to share with you a lovely number from SHINE in Seattle 2010. It's called "In Your Hand."

In this number, a gender studies grad student named Grace (Gemma Isaac) asks burlesque queen Lulu Von Doozy (Adra Boo) for advice on how to dance.

I can't wait to play guitar on these songs.

Please consider kicking in a few bucks to support SHINE. If you don't have the dough right now please "like" and share the link to our SHINE IndieGoGo campaign.

SHINE: The Musical crowd funding campaign

We just launched our crowd funding campaign for SHINE: The Musical. I'm really excited to be Musical Director for this fantastic show. We need your help to make this happen. Please consider donating. If you can't afford to support financially right now, please consider sharing the IndieGoGo page on your social media.

It is impossible to get public funding for a theatre show that includes burlesque. That's why we need your help. We are asking you not only to "support local theatre." We are inviting you to be a part of something awesome and see a killer show at the end of it!

You can find our campaign here on the IndieGoGo website. Here's a video explaining more about the show and our campaign.


SHINE: A Burlesque Musical is an original show with songs by Cass King and John Woods of The Wet Spots, and script by Cass King and Sam Dulmage. It combines the bawdy comedy of burlesque with a full book musical. It's a smart, sexy night out for grown-ups. SHINE is the HBO of live musical theatre.

Critical Response

Here is what the critics have said about past productions of SHINE:

Time Out New York:

“Hands-down more goosebumps per minute than any other show... It’s ‘RENT’ for our generation... The music is Broadway calibre... If it doesn’t go on to a longer run, there is no God.”

Stage and Cinema:

"SHINE is simultaneously smart and sexy. The show expertly balances between sincerity and campy send-up, striking notes of nostalgia for vanishing venues while humorously highlighting the missteps that we make when trying to preserve the things we love."

Theatre Is Easy NYC:

“The show is brilliant: brilliant performances, amazingly classy dancing, badass vocal performances and all around stellar and crisp acting. Bottom Line: You do NOT want to miss SHINE: A Burlesque Musical" ('Can't Miss' recommendation)

The Vancouver Courier:

"Omigawd what rude fun… It has all the makings of a cult classic."

1960s Sunn guitar amp sounds gorgeous

Sunn guitar amp with Fender Bassman cab

In our ongoing series of small dogs with large guitar amps, here Ringo poses with his 1968 Sunn amp. It's similar to what Townsend, Entwistle, and Hendrix all used back in the day.

This amp is hooked up to a sweet Fender Bassman cab with JBL 130s or 140s, we're not sure.

The amp has a beautiful sounding after-market reverb unit. The whole thing gives a wonderful clean tone. Boost that with an old Tube Screamer and you've got a tone the guitar greats could dream for.

The fabric on the cabinet has seen some better days, but really why replace the original? The numbers on the dials of the Sunn amp have also long faded away, so it's not possible to see if this amp can go up to 11.

Thanks to my guitar student Tom for loaning me this gem for a month.