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Sunday, October 9th – 4:30-6:30 pm
Smooth Toad: Twisted Roots, Cast Iron Crooning & the L’try Stuff!

If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...Smooth Toad presents the dusty American folk ragas of surrealist/dada poet G. P. Skratz, romantic fiddler/bard Hal Hughes, and legendary theater artist Bob Ernst.


The trio weaves an authentic collaboration that conjures original hymns wherein Captain Beefheart meets Lord Byron.

Their words and tunes explode into a whole new art form: think nightingale on a branch overlooking the RNC.

Each has published and performed poems, done theater, and played arcane American music. Together, they’ve been Smooth Toad for a good stretch.

Skratz taught at Naropa on Allen Ginsburg’s invitation. Bob was a founding member of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a legendary East Bay theater troupe that included Whoopi Goldberg and John O’Keefe. Hal was at the nascence of the Blue Dolphin, has been with Subterranean Shakespeare, North Beach Beckett, and much more.

The Zombie Stomp (click here!) will give you a clue, and that’s just Skratz & Hal– we’ll leave it to you to imagine what happens when Bob is added to the mix! Kinda like putting a blowtorch to the Cayahoga!



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