Wired @ WICA: Swamp Mama ohnson headlines Internet broadcast
June 25, 2008 · Updated 2:10 PM
"Wired @ WICA will be the last time Swamp Mama Johnson plays before Whidbey audiences. Band members are Lisa Mills, Laurie Miller, Kim Carson, Tracy Ferrara, and Leah Hinchcliff. Wired @ WICAA live Internet broadcast with Swamp Mama JohnsonFriday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.Whidbey Island Center for the ArtsTickets: Series of three shows, $36; individual tickets, $15 all seatsCall 221-8268 or visit WICAThe new season of music, theater and entertainment at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts begins on Friday, Sept. 14, with the first show in its new Wired@WICA series.Swamp Mama Johnson, one of the most popular bands to play on the island in the last decade, will headline the show. The live Internet broadcast will feature Conductor of Fun Jim Freeman as emcee, with No Band Is an Island playing as the house band.The Wired@WICA series builds on the success of several earlier live Internet broadcasts from WICA, in which the show involves not only the performers and the live theater audience but the computer audience as well.It's like live radio with a live studio audience, Freeman said. But the listening audience can participate as well. There's a circle of interaction connecting the performers and the live audience and the computer audience, all at the same time.Internet listeners will hear a real-time broadcast of the music and see digital photographs taken and posted by the on-stage crew throughout the show. Live audience members will hear on-line guest book entries made during the show and participate in Jim Freeman's signature fun, such as product giveaways from his garage and contests for dubious prizes.This is Swamp Mama Johnson's last Whidbey performance, the band said. After 10 years of performing their famous funky bluesy groove thang, the five artists are moving into new ventures. As reported on their Web site, Swamp Mama: To all gatorheads -- After 10 blissful and mosscovered years, the 5-headed queen known as Swamp Mama Johnson is climbing up out of the swamps and evolving into five distinct and separate artists pursuing autonomous creative ventures. Lisa Mills, Laurie Miller, Kim Carson, Tracy Ferrara and Leah Hinchcliff invite you to come celebrate our evolution with us.Also on the Wired @ WICA program Friday is the Internet house band, No Band is an Island, with Randy Hudson, Linda Morris, Devin Ossman and Siri Sobottka, plus special guest Steve Showell. The group has even composed an original theme song for Wired@WICA.The Wired series will continue on Saturday, Jan. 26 with blues singer Del Rey and Saturday, March 16 with the high energy gospel music of The Apostles. To reserve tickets, call the WICA Box Office at 221-8268 or 1-800-638-7631; or e-mail WICA. The box office in Langley is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information about the plans of Swamp Mama Johnson is available on "