After three years, entertainer Amy Farrand is pulling the plug on the Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club, her multifarious weekly gig at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909) that has featured family-friendly bands (at least in the beginning), burlesque, boylesque and indie rock. The cover-free series wraps up tonight from 7 to 9 with songs from Cheri Lu Woods, sketch comedy by Kimberely Queen and the burlesque of Nada Darling. The Pitch caught up with Farrand to talk about the end of her experimental variety show.
The Pitch: How did you know it was time to close out this event?
Farrand: The three-year mark was approaching, and I had been feeling that it might be time to wrap it up. I didn't feel like I was breaking new ground or taking any new risks with the show. It was no longer growing or evolving. It had also become a tether, keeping me close to home in order to be there every Wednesday. But it's time. I will certainly miss the people. I have the best regulars and crew in the world. I love my weirdos.
Given the nature of this show, did you find yourself constantly improvising? Were there many uncomfortable silences?
Yes, especially in the beginning. I did it by the seat of my pants at first, and I spent a lot of time trying out new ideas to see what did and did not work. I learned something new after every single show. The intention was to always improve the experience for the audience and the performers alike, but to also keep it fresh and honest. The show was constantly evolving for the first two years.
What's next for you?
I have several irons in the fire. I plan on playing a lot more music in the next year, collaborating with friends, doing more solo shows in and out of town. I've decided to be a more frequent member of the Silver Maggies, and I have a new project I'm drumming in called Rum Doxy with Heather Lofflin from Whiskey Boots, Lizz Weiler on bass and Benjamin White on second guitar.
In late January, I'll begin working with children, teaching them music making and doing instrument-building workshops. I'm really looking forward to this. It will be a ton of fun. Then there's comedy. I recently tried my hand at it, and it went pretty well. It was a lot of fun, and they didn't boo me off the stage. That's a good start.
You've mentioned that Weirdo Wednesday might come back quarterly?
The plan is to do quarterly shows under the same name and format, but to expand them by including more acts and taking the show later into the evening. There will also likely be a cover charge, so we can afford to pay the artists a little more and put on a bigger show.