Legendary concert movie “The Last Waltz” will be given a local flavor when La Crosse area musicians recreate the movie for one live performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Muse Theater, 1353 Avon St.
A large cast of veteran area musicians will perform with clips from the original film interwoven into the performances.
Organizer and local man about music Gregg “Cheech” Hall said he has wanted to do this for a long time.
“I am a big fan of The Band and ‘The Last Waltz.’ I threw around the idea to some musician friends and we decided to do it. Everyone who is involved is doing a really awesome job,” he said, and he had no trouble finding the right musicians.
“It was actually pretty easy. I got Brownie (Brent Brown) to be Dylan because he plays a lot of Dylan. Billy (Hembd) plays lots of Neil Young,” he said, so that was also an easy choice. “I chose who I thought would be a good fit.”
And then he went looking for a venue and found The Muse.
“The Muse is a beautiful place and the setting and atmosphere are perfect. I wanted to do it somewhere different than a smoky bar because it’s more like a performance concert than a gig. And Vicki (Elwood) is really cool, and she’s really easy to work with. It is going to be a special night. There are so many good musicians in the cast. The music is some of the most influential and legendary tunes of all time, in my opinion anyway.”
Playing the parts of The Band and the other musicians are:
Robbie Robertson – Cheech Hall
Rick Danko – Tim Powers
Levon Helm – Frank Utecht
Garth Hudson – The Feelin’
Richard Manuel – Rick Weeth
Ronnie Hawkins – Brian Beard
Dr. John – The Feelin’
Neil Young – Billy Hembd
Neil Diamond – Adam Palm
Joni Mitchell – Nancy Caucutt
Paul Butterfield – Shawn Virock
Muddy Waters – Mark Grundhoefer
Eric Clapton – Cody Appel
Emmylou Harris – Fayme Rochelle
Van Morrison – Mike Caucutt
Bob Dylan – Brent Brown
Mystery Guitar Player – Jimbo Zill.
Guest bands: Mr. Blink, The Smokin’ Bandits, Stumpwater and Burnt Brownies.