The Granite City Radio Theater returns with guest performer Shannon Curfman

Shannon Curfman will be the guest performer at the Granite City Radio Theater 10th Anniversary Celebration.

The annual show not only includes performances from Curfman and house band Collective Unknown, but also skits, trivia with Dan Barth and performances from radio drama Shades Brigade.

“It’s still a creative mix of a kind of old-school radio with a modern twist,” said Jo McMullen Boyer, station manager for KVSC 88.1 Radio.

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Shannon Curfman

Curfman, a guitarist and vocalist from Minneapolis who spent more than a decade in Kid Rock band “Twisted Brown Truckers,” is an artist in her own right, selling more than 250,000 albums and bringing her performance back to the Midwest.

“I’m super pumped,” she said. “I love live radio. I love the sound effects artists. I’m really excited to see everyone.

She likens the vibe of live radio performances to Saturday Night Live and said performing live is such a different beast than recording.

Curfman writes her own music and her band, she says, is like family.

“We love each other so much,” she said.

She is either vacationing in Iowa to see her bandmates or in Fargo where she is from.

Mackenzie Lahren, Heather Mastro Marco and Jay Terry perform sketches at the Granite City Radio Theatre.

When not performing with her own band, Curfman is a guitarist and vocalist in Kid Rock’s band. She has performed and toured with everyone from Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana to Indigo Girls and Keb Mo’ to John Mellencamp and Koko Taylor.

She goes back in time for this performance and extracts songs from her very first album.

“It’s more out of nostalgia,” she said. “I love playing guitar.”

Shannon Curfman

For her, it’s a much more organic sight than performing with Kid Rock who has thought of everything for the safety of his team as they work with intense lasers and pyrotechnics.

McMullen Boyer said guest performers come to play for the annual radio theater productions and spend the two hours leading up to the show getting ready with Collective Unknown and the other performers. She said they often slow down the songs and dissect them, making sure the guest musician feels good on set.

“I like the surprise of how they’re going to handle it,” McMullen Boyer said. “I just like to see the creative process.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are available at www.ppfive.com

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