Speeding through space-time with a laugh and a banjo

Published 11:28 am Saturday, March 24, 2018

“In speculative theories of quantum gravity, the graviton is a hypothetical elementary particle that mediates the force of gravitation in the framework of quantum field theory.”—Wikipedia

In the vaudeville-style variety show “The Banjo Hour,” Captain Gravitone is a philosopher, physicist and super-hero of the new millennia. With his String Theory Orchestra, Gravitone explores the universe of music, magic and comedy.

Captain Gravitone has been blasting around Minnesota on a quest for the perfect jam filled with original roots music. The Banjo Hour jam is influenced by jazz, gypsy, tango, Irish, folk, blues, bluegrass and rock and sprinkled with live comedy.

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When Captain Gravitone touches down at the Historic Paramount Theatre on Friday, April 6, the jam will also feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and Austin’s most-missed pianist, Peter Jacobs.

Still wondering what this show is all about? Expect live music that pushes boundaries, guided by the host comedian Michael Callahan. Expect banjo music, stories about the circus and scratching your head while you tap your toes.

Keep in mind Captain Gravitone’s ultimate goal, “If you find the correct harmonic balance, you can transport yourself in space and time to a parallel dimension.”

Thanks to the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and KMSU Mankato for supporting the Banjo Hour with Captain Gravitone and his String Theory Orchestra. It will be one strange trip and we hope you can join us. Craft beer cash bar supported by Bent Paddle Brewery will be available.

Thanks also to Paramount spring season sponsors Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and the Edward Jones Offices of Kristine Jorgenson, Thad Kusick, Greg Bird, Jaclyn Bird.

Tickets are available now online at austinareaarts.org, at the ArtWorks Center  at 300 N Main St, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. You can also register by phone by calling 507-434-0934 during business hours.

Coming soon at the Paramount Theatre

•March 28: $5 Movie: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 3 and 7:30 p.m.

•April 4: $5 Movie: “The Jazz Singer,” 3 and 7 p.m.

•April 6: Banjo Hour with Captain Gravitone, 7:30 p.m.

Coming soon at the ArtWorks Center

•March 30: ArtRocks Jam Session, 7 p.m.

•April 12: Handbuilding Coiled Vessels with Emily Wartsbaugh, 6 p.m.