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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS : Barn Dance Heads Back to Radio : * It will be part of the hourlong 'Hollywood Hayride,' to be simulcast weekly on three stations.

September 24, 1993|MICHAEL ARKUSH | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Barn Dance is going back on the air.

Starting in late October, the popular Tuesday concert featuring rockabilly and roots music will be heard on three radio stations from Ventura to just north of the Mexican border.

Grace Brandt, host of "Hollywood Hayride," a weekly hour of country music broadcast for the last decade on KFOX-FM (93.5) in Redondo Beach, announced last week that Barn Dance will become part of the show. Brandt said each week's concert, held at the Palomino in North Hollywood, will be taped Tuesdays for airing Saturdays. About 15 minutes of Barn Dance will be used on each show, Brandt said.

She added that "Hollywood Hayride" will also leave KFOX, which has changed formats. The show will now be simulcast at 107.1 FM on three commercial stations: KMAX in Pasadena, KBAX in Fallbrook and KAXX in Ventura. It will air from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Brandt said Barn Dance is the perfect addition to the show.

"We have presented old country, and Barn Dance offers a lot that we don't usually play," she said, referring to jazz, Cajun and other traditional music. "It will bring us artists in their 20s and 30s, instead of just the older people we play."

Ronnie Mack, who has been the Barn Dance host since its inception in January, 1988, at the Little Nashville in North Hollywood, is eager to return to the airwaves. Several times before, Mack had discussions with other radio stations, but nothing materialized. He has been looking for a replacement since 1989, when KCSN-FM (88.5) at Cal State Northridge took the show off the air.

"Grace already has a built-up audience," Mack said, "and I think we can add to that. It's not a great time slot, but it's a start."

Mack said he and Brandt will decide which performers appear on each show, likely limiting bands to one song apiece.

Barn Dance is held every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Palomino, 6907 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Admission is free. Call (818) 764-4010. The first of the new simulcasts at 107.1 FM will air Oct. 23 at 10:30 p.m.

STAND-UP THEATER--Since March, L. A. Connection Comedy Theatre has presented a new monthly show--Standup Comedy Repertory Company. Produced by Steve and Barb North, the evening showcases 10 comedians in a mixture of stand-up, improvisation and group sketches.

"It's completely different from what we normally present," said Ken Skov, owner of the theater. "It's much more theatrical. It's very unpredictable."

Steve North said the show is fully rehearsed, but leaves enough room for the performers to be flexible.

"They know what they're going to talk about when they get out there," North said, "but they are new enough not to be restricted by a format."

North added that several comedians may be doing stand-up on the stage when another performer suddenly emerges from the audience to start a completely different routine. Sometimes, the entire cast will appear on stage at the same time in a skit.

Admission for Standup Comedy Repertory Company, which is presented at 9 p.m. one Thursday each month, is $8. The next show is Oct. 14. The theater is at 13442 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 710-1320.

"CRAZY" RUN--Pamela Hall seems to be trying to outdo, well, Pamela Hall. From 1990 to 1992, Hall directed the entire run of "Broadway Sings Out." Her current show, "Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes," at the West End Playhouse in Van Nuys, has just become the longest currently running musical in the Los Angeles area. It opened Aug. 9, 1992, and Hall, the original director, sees no end in the near future.

"I think this might go for as long as 'Broadway' did," Hall said. "No matter what their ages, people have enjoyed it. I'm always amazed at how many young people know this material."

The show features a cast of four, and more than two dozen numbers centering on the songs of the 1920s, '30s and '40s.

"Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes" is presented at 7 p.m . Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $19.50 Saturdays, $18.50 Sundays. The West End Playhouse is at 7446 Van Nuys Blvd. Call (818) 904-0444.

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