ON THE EVE - DOMA Showcase 2012

Say you want a revolution?  How about a combination of a semi massive local live music showcase and a full blown rock musicial "about a time-traveling hot air balloon, Marie Antoinette, and a would-be hero with a really cool gun?"

Tomorrow eve-ning 60+ bands will emerge into Deep Ellum bringing the kinda local swag only bands like HOME BY HOVERCRAFT can theatrically bring it! Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase kicks off right after 5:30pm tomorrow and is forming up to be an effing great night of local goodness! We'll be there, hope to meet some of you!

As for HxH, they take the stage at 7:40p inside Club Dada and should bring a diverse crowd with them as one of Dallas' fav. groups.  Nominated for "Best None of the Above" at this years DOMA's only breaks the surface to their who needs labels when you have talent approach to their classically theatrical folk/rock.

Fronting out the group is husband and wife Seth (vox/tuba) and Shawn Magill (piano/vox) along with Seth's sis Abbey Magill (step dance), Max Hartman (drums) and Johnny Sequenzia (mandolin/juice harp).

Expect to hear songs from HOME BY HOVERCRAFT's upcoming LP "We Are Chameleons" which features original songs from a rock musical coming to Margot Jones Theater in the Magnilia Lounge starting November 29th thru December 14th, 2012.

ON THE EVE is the almost entirely true story of Marie Antoinette and the first time-traveling hot air balloon. With Revolution on the horizon and a husband who is generally lacking, Antoinette turns to a space-busting aeronaut, a crazed scientist, and a beautiful muse to set things right in her kingdom before launching them on their way to a different time to take on Politics, the Church, Science, and a crazy dude in a bowler hat.

Produced by Spacegrove Productions, LLC in association with Nouveau 47 Theatre.
Joining Seth and Shawn as co-creator for ON THE EVE, Michael Federico was kind enough to take us back in time with a guest blog of inspiration that lead to the collaboration for this musical...

Roads? – Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

by Michael Federico
Co-Creator of On The Eve with Seth Magill and Shawn Magill of Home By Hovercraft

When all is said and done, 1985 might prove to be the most important year of my life. I hit double-digits that year, had my first roller skating birthday party, and I discovered Time Travel. Okay, fine. Maybe H.G. Wells, Schrödinger, Einstein, and some other really smart people beat me to it, but in 1985, I witnessed the space-time continuum bend on the big screen and on the page, and nothing has ever quite been the same for me since.

I saw Back to the Future over 20 times in the theater during the course of 1985 (back then, movies ran for more than three weeks, and they only cost $2.50, and bread was a nickel, and music wasn’t so loud, and it rained gumdrops, and the little redhead girl loved me, and all was right with the world). Needless to say, the movie blew my mind. I loved everything about it, and as far as I was concerned, the flux capacitor was real and no car could compare to a DeLorean. While my obsession with BTTF grew out of a range of things—love for Michael J. Fox, love for Huey Lewis, skateboard envy—Time Travel served as the driving force behind my relentless need to see the movie over and over again. I needed to know how it worked, and I needed to figure out a way to make it happen.

Soon after I witnessed the glory of Back to the Future, I read A Wrinkle in Time by the great Madeleine L’Engle. To this day, I count it as the first book that changed my life. You see, Marty McFly needed a car and he was old enough to drive, but all Meg needed was the Tesseract and those three super awesome ladies to help her jump through time. 16 was a long way off, and I needed Time Travel right then. Sadly, it didn’t quite work out.

By the time high school came around, I still hadn’t made the jump. Content to stay on this linear path that we have all been cursed to walk, I gave up all hope of turning into a time traveling hero…until, I reconnected with two wild-eyed folks like the kind old Biff warns young Biff about in Back to the Future II (speaking of, where the hell is my hoverboard? I was told we’d have hoverboards?!). Anyway, the Magills of local band Home By Hovercraft shared my love of Time Travel, and though we lacked the science, we did have a piano, pen, paper, and even a script formatting program. Turns out, those were the tools we needed.

As we start prepping for the On the Eve, my obsession from 1985 has resurfaced, but I think we have finally figured it out this time. I really think the keys to Time Travel might be awesome rock music, Irish dance, Marie Antoinette, and a hot air balloon.

Check out an exclusive behind the scenes rehearsal video for ON THE EVE by Can Turkylmaz and Turk Studios

Untitled from turk studio on Vimeo.

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