Last week, local retro-pop band Monarques
received a surprise phone call from a woman who works for the NPR live radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion
. Over 700 people submitted tracks for the show's 2010 "Battle of the Bands" but only five—including Monarques—were chosen to fly out to Washington, DC on April 17 for the taping and a chance to perform three songs for over 3,000 people. I emailed Monarques' singer/guitarist Josh Spacek
and he verified that the band is thrilled at the opportunity to play for the show and its host Garrison Keillor
YES we are indeed playing on APHC April 17th broadcast LIVE on NPR in Portland at 3pm and will be rebroadcast on Sunday. They're flying us out on Thursday, dress rehearsal on Friday, show on Saturday home on Sunday. Holy shit!! They announced all the contestants today http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/features/talent/2010/ and we are really on there. Whoa. We're really excited, 4 of the seven of us (not me - p-town born and raised (!!) along with Jon and Talia) are from an hour from where we're performing (New Jersey Performing Arts Center - NJ's Schnitz w/ a 2900 capacity and the show is nearly sold out!!!) So we'll be able to play for Chrissy, Corey, Richard and Lee's parents for the first time on Prairie Home Companion.
Monarques' rollicking pop songs—which recall class Motown and more recent outfits like Beulah—seem like a perfect fit for the show, and we wish 'em the best of luck in DC. Spacek has offered to pen a Tour Diary during the band's trip East, so check back here in two weeks for more APHC madness.
A Prairie Home Companion
Photo courtesy of Monarques