Variety Pack

Where Jay Leno failed, <em>PowderKeg! Live</em> aims to blow up big

Variety shows are as old as vaudeville (and the jokes usually are, too). But you’ve never seen one like PowderKeg! Live, the new theatrical concoction from the clever minds behind The Current’s late indie-hit Electric Arc Radio. Performed April 3 and every month at the Ritz Theater (, it’s filled with skits, storytelling, trivia sessions, and live music. And there’s something of a plot, starring Geoff Herbach and Stephanie Ash as domestic partners raising a family in their artsy community while some of the coolest creative types in town are forever dropping in—much like their real lives. Here’s a peek at the hipster credentials behind the show.

(Back Row, From Left)

John Munson – Bassist: Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic, The Twilight Hours

Andy Sturdevant – Actor: Electric Arc Radio. Guest curator: Soap Factory

Ken Chastain – Percussionist: Ziggy Marley. Composer Sweet Land

Jenny Adams – Co-founder: Creative Electric Studios. Actress: Electric Arc Radio

Joel Liestman – Actor: Guthrie Theater, Nautilus Music Theater, Theatre Latte Da

Molly Priesmeyer – Journalist: St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, the Rake,

Geoff Herbach – Co-founder: Lit 6 Project. Novelist: The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg

(Front Row, From Left)

David Salmela – Co-founder: Creative Electric Studios. Keyboards: The Twilight Hours

Stephanie Ash – Co-founder: Lit 6 Project. Fiction writer: Mississippi Review