In 1950, country legend Hank Williams began recording religious songs and recitations under the name "Luke the Drifter," a pseudonym used to protect the marketability of his popular work. Two years later at the age of 30, Hank died after too few years of hard living. His Montgomery funeral was the largest in Alabama history, attended by as many as 25,000 mourners, and included performances by Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Red Foley. But what became of "Luke the Drifter?" To mark the impending demolition of the 1920s-era Bradshaw Funeral Home on Payne Avenue, a collective of music lovers from St. Paul's eclectic House of Mercy Church, including Reverend Russell Rathbun, Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms, and others will present "The Funereal Remembrance of Luke the Drifter," an imagining of a fictional Luke the Drifter's 1977 funeral. Open to folks who are a little bit Saturday night, a little bit Sunday morning, and everything in between, this participatory musical-theater experience will feature country music and eulogizing, gospel and recitations, food and drinks in a post-service reception-style format, and importantly, a reminder that whoever we are, however we live, we have one thing in common: We'll never get out of this world alive. All ages.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Oct. 15, 2011