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Live at 35: Music festival showcases out of the box performers during Day 4

Live at 35: Music festival showcases out of the box performers during Day 4

March 11
22:49 2012

By Ashley Grant/ Senior Staff Writer

Twelve poets, songwriters and stand-up comedians performed at Dan’s Silverleaf on Sunday afternoon for the final panel discussion of the 35 Denton music festival.

This particular panel showcased the talents of those who don’t fall into any of the other specific genres of 35 Denton.

“Words and Music” coordinator Shannon Goleman said this event was unlike the other shows and panels going on and not typical of what one would find on the main stages or any of the venues.

“It’s nothing that’s going to melt your face off,” she said. “A lot of these artists deserve recognition, and this sort of serves as an outlet for them to perform and be a part of 35 Denton.”

Designed with those recovering from the previous evening in mind, “Words and Music” was more laidback and allowed audience members to sit in and enjoy a drink or two while watching some local, eclectic talent, Goleman said.

Blood Sisters, a two-woman stand-up comedy act made up of Sarah Alexander and Julie McKendrick, took the stage with a cluster of helium-filled balloons and four cans of whipped cream.

Each took turns sucking the helium from the balloons and spraying whipped cream into their mouths before continuing on with their 20-minute act.

Alexander, a tall woman with short black hair wearing purple metallic Nikes, enthusiastically told the crowd that she was working on a country song. She said she wrote it based on an observation she made in the bathroom at Dan’s Silverleaf shortly before her act.

“There’s a pill in the corner of the bathroom/It doesn’t look like a fun pill/It looks like a Benadryl,” she said.

Two years ago, the panel was held at Recycled Books at 200 N. Locust St. on the Square because it wasn’t expected to draw a very large crowd, Goleman said.

“Everything was acoustic, and no one was running sound,” she said. “Everyone just kind of stood there and watched.”

At last year’s 35 Denton, the “Words and Music” panel was held at Dan’s Silverleaf and reached capacity.

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