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C-Town: a low key talent show

Will Grandbois
will@postindependent.com

C-Town isn’t meant to replace the Carbondale Talent Show, but it draws on the same community spirit.

“This just fits the station, the mission, the whole idea behind the community entertaining itself,” said KDNK Community Access Radio manager Steve Skinner. “We’re not gawking at some big screen. It’s us.”

KDNK was a central part of the talent shows of yore, which included waitresses, a house band, and weeks of rehearsal.

“Everybody in town wanted to be up on that stage doing something,” Skinner recalled.

As the town grew, people started to get busy and the event petered out. Though Skinner still dreams of reviving the talent show, C-Town is intended as a different take on the concept and has proven it can stand on its own merits.

“Last year’s show will be hard to beat,” Skinner observed.

The PG-13, BYOB event takes place at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Steve’s Guitars, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. In Skinner’s book, it’s a “friendraiser,” not a fundraiser.

“We’re not doing it for the money. We’re doing it for the community. We want to go out and play with Carbondale and the valley,” he said. “It’s a safe environment for people to get up there and sparkle.”

Currently, there are several comedians and a couple of singer songwriters signed up to perform, with room left for a few more.

“This is not going to be a musical showcase. There will be some music, but this is a chance for people to do other things as well,” Skinner said. “We’ve got a show right now, but I would love those three or four acts I don’t know about yet to come popping out of the woodwork.”

In that regard, C-town’s low key approach actually improves on the past.

“The beauty of C-Town is that it doesn’t take a lot of production. It’s a very spontaneous program,” Skinner said. “I would rather do a small venue with a full house than a big venue with a half a house.”

If you don’t love each act, there’s always the next one.

“Five minutes is the limitation,” Skinner said. “You can stand anything for five minutes.”


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