Super Musician promises big belly laughs at Chautauqua

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In the outrageous rock parody tradition of Spinal Tap, the 2014 Chautauqua Festival welcomes Die Roten Punkte’s “Super Musician” for two explosive days to the Lyric Theatre stage. Festival goers should be prepared for an all out audio assault and loads of belly laughs as German brother and sister punk duo Otto and Astrid Rot (played by Australian actors Daniel Tobias and  Clare Bartholomew) light up the stage with their music and comedy hijinx.

As Die Roten Punkte’s Otto Rot explains—now that his sister Astrid is in rehab there’s a good chance they will be able to make it through their entire concert set at Chautauqua.

“It’s much better now that Astrid has been in a drug and rehabilitation centre. She doesn’t fall over as much and she doesn’t miss the drums the way she used to.”

Otto doesn’t understand why so many people who come out to Die Roten Punkte’s performances end up laughing so hard. After all Die Roten Punkte is a serious band.

“When I was nine and Astrid was twelve years-old our parents were killed by a lion escaped from the zoo. We moved to Berlin and we started a band. We’ve been writing songs and playing gigs ever since then,” says Otto. “It’s the greatest rock and roll concert you’ve ever seen in you whole life! We are a serious band and it’s a bit weird for us because we have this manager who keeps booking us into comedy and theatre festivals.”

Die Roten Punkte has toured throughout Europe, the U.K., the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Otto says he and Astrid love being on the road even if it’s a little cramped sometimes.

“We once played on a boat ship with Amanda Palmer. Those Hungarians really know how to party! We toured with Amanda all over Europe and we lived on a rock and roll touring bus for two weeks with the other band. There were lots of bunk beds. I slept on top of Thor the drummer.”

Die Roten Punkte has been a favourite of the Fringe Festival scene in North America and around the world for several years now. When asked how that Fringe Festival spirit inspires them as a band, Otto says he does not understand how their music has anything to do with their hair styles.

“Astrid doesn’t have a fringe,” explains Otto. “She pins her hair back with hair clip so she might find this kind of festival quite challenging. My fringe always moves around when I do my leaps; so I guess every show is different for me.”

Die Roten Punkte’s “Super Musician” takes to the Lyric Theatre stage Saturday, July 12th at 7 p.m. and Sunday July 13th to close out the Chautauqua Festival at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 each. Local openers on Saturday will be musicians Marc and Amanda Ruel and Swift Current Improvisational Theatre. Local openers on Sunday will be rock band The Moon Runner and clown Kayla Gelowitz.

Organizations: Lyric Theatre

Geographic location: Europe, Berlin, United States New Zealand Australia North America

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