Alacartoona

Alacartoona

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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Alacartoona is Modern Cabaret - sad, sexy lyrics-driven music featuring accordion, gin, and lipstick.

Alacartoona brings to life vivid tales of love and loss, of bedrooms and back alleys, of the solitude and the camaraderie of sex, drugs and cabaret.

Biography

Founded in 2002 by Christian Hankel and Erin McGrane, Alacartoona has proven to be one of the most successful and longest-lived bands in the Kansas City area. With two CDs, a full-length movie, a popular stage production, and an arts grant from the Kansas City Metropolitan Arts Council, the band has consistently stretched the boundaries of musical performance.

Alacartoona performs "theatrical music," a style that creates an interactive environment in which the audience is immersed. The show is never confined to the stage, with band members frequently moving through the house to engage directly with fans.

While theatrical onstage, a listen to either of their full-length CDs will quickly show that this is a band, first and foremost. They practice both the art and craft of song writing, creating deceptively simple pieces whose emotional and musical complexity become more apparent with each listen. They are proud students of 20’s and 30’s German and French cabaret but they are unmistakably modern in their approach. Their musical influences span wide swaths of periods and styles to include Eric Satie, David Bowie, Phillip Glass, Irving Berlin, Queen and many others. The melodies and rhythms of American rock, Irish folk and Brazilian samba are just as apparent as the oompah-pah waltz of traditional cabaret.

The combined performance experience of the members includes extensive stage and screen time, in both theatrical and musical settings. Chanteuse Ruby Falls is played by Erin McGrane, who appeared with George Cloony in "Up In the Air" and with Brandon Routh in "Fling." She also shared in a Midwest EMMY for her part in "The Unreal Housewives of Kansas City."

Bassist Providence Forge is played by Christian Hankel, who has been performing in successful acts in the Kansas City area for a number of years. In October of 2011, he appeared on the stage of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with his vocal performance ensemble, The Monocle.

Accordionist Overton Wooldridge is played by Kyle Dahlquist, a seasoned Kansas City musician. In October of 2011, he performed a solo accordion piece at the Kauffman Center.

Drummer Billings Marland is played by Sergio Moreno, who has been performing since he was fourteen. His father founded La Tierra Prometida, one of the best known Christian rock bands in Mexico. Sergio toured with his father's band as a youth, then went on to study jazz bass in the US before turning to drums.

Lyrics

Willkommen

Written By: Morse, McGrane

welcome
come to the show
make yourself at home

welcome
feel right at home
come on, let yourself go

willkommen, fraulein
willkommen, frau
willkommen, fraulein
willkommen, now

welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen...
i know why you're all here
you want to have a good time, yes?
i know what else you want; you want love
don't we all want love?
well, alacartoona can't promise you love,
but she can show you...
a good time

welcome...
let yourself go

For Us

Written By: Hankel

is it nightime?
the lights are dim
i think i hear it rain
his mouth is laughing
his lips are thin
he's at my window, calls my name
you know i'd give my love to you
if i could slip away from him

the room is empty
the room is full
then it empties out again
his love is empty
his love is cold
but still he gets beneath my skin
you know i'd give my love to you
if i could steal away from him

i'd make a plan for us
i'd go to work for us
i'd find a place for us to live
i'd build a home for us
i'd make a life for us
i'd show the world if i could just leave him

times he's gentle
times he's cruel
but he always takes away my pain
it's when i'm empty
that i feel the fool
that's when he gives it back again
you know i'd give my life to you
if i could get away from him

i'd make a plan for us
i'd go to work for us
i'd find a place for us to live
i'd build a home for us
i'd make a life for us
i'd show the world if i could just leave him

Seems For Days

Written By: Hankel

now that you have closed your eyes
should i dream of sunrise?
should i hope for dawn?

now that you have gone to bed
should your voice leave my head?
should i forget your song?

it's all gone

seems for days
seems for days
seems for days

now that you have found your peace
should my love for you cease?
should i carry on?

it's all gone

seems for days
seems for days
seems for days

Every Saint Needs a Sinner

Written By: Hankel

every saint needs a sinner
every loser needs a winner
every young beginner needs a take-it-on-the-chinner
i'm a sinner
she's no beginner
you can be the saint and i'll be the sinner

every boy-child needs some kisses
every girl-child knows what this is
when we're blowing out our candles
i'm all three of your wishes
who needs some kisses?
we're makin' wishes
you can be the boy and i'll give you kisses

every tom-tom needs a drummer
and every guitar needs a strummer
just like every pretty ditty needs an little bitty hummer
so who wants a hummer?

every saint needs a sinner
every saint?
- needs a sinner
every saint
but wait!
what about paul? - we'll have a ball!
what about john? - we'll get it on!
what about peter? - matthew's sweeter!
what about mark? - mmmm...tall and dark
what about thomas? - actually, he likes boys
what about michelle? - what the hell!

'cause she's - sing it boys!
a - tell 'em what I am
sinner! - sinner!

i'm a sinner!

Discography

Songs From the Show (Spoonbender Labs, 2005)
Live On the Air: KKFI Radio (Spoonbender Labs, 2006)
Night Is the Mirror (full length movie, 2009)
last.fm/music/Alacartoona

Set List

SET 1

WILLKOMMEN
LOVES HIS LOVER
FOR US
THE LESSON
THE HONEY WON'T SOOTHE
PERPETUAL GIN
FLUFF AND TICKLE
THE APARTMENT
GEPPETTO
EVERY SAINT

SET 2

DROWNING ALL MY SORROWS
FIRST CONTACT
I WANNA MAKE SOME MONEY
THE SNEAKERS
SAILOR JOE
JUST A DRINK OR TWO
THE WALK
WHERE'D YOU GET THAT
RUBY'S LAMENT
WE ALL COME DOWN
(TODAY, MY DEAR) I'M YOURS