Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 12:16 pm

Bucktown Revue to perform at Richmond Hill

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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Bill Klutho, left, and Steve Couch share a laugh during The Bucktown Revue, which will make its debut in Geneseo on Jan. 11.

Richmond Hill Players will welcome The Bucktown Revue to the Barn Theatre in Geneseo for a special one-night-only performance on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

The Bucktown Revue is an old-fashioned radio variety program, performed live in front of an audience and recorded for later webcast (at bucktownrevue.com).

In the tradition of such popular radio programs as "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Grand Ole Opry", Bucktown -- which is on the third Friday each month at Nighswander Theatre, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport -- celebrates Mississippi River Valley folk music and culture with an eclectic combination of music, storytelling, poetry and humor.

The Revue's Geneseo performance will boast a variety of entertainers, including The Shoesmiths, Steve Flatt and Shaun Easton, the Bucktown Gals, Tom Vaccaro and Ellis Kell, the Tangents, Steve Couch, Ammon Paquette, and A Touch of Fun. Regular house bands Milltown (bluegrass) and the Barley House Band (Irish and Scottish folk music) will be on hand, along with host Scott Tunnicliff's humorous and engaging monologues, and probably a comic sketch or two during this family-friendly entertainment.

"The Bucktown Revue is excited to come to Richmond Hill in Geneseo," said Michael Romkey, writer and producer of the Revue. "The show has a bit of traveling tent show in its DNA, so we've wanted to take the Revue on the road for a long time. It gives us an opportunity to reach new audiences in area cities."

Admission is $12.50 for this fundraiser (benefiting both RHP and Bucktown Revue); reservations may be made by calling (309) 944-2244.