[The following excerpt is from an article originally appearing in the March-April 2016 issue of Duluth Superior Living magazine written by Tony Bennett.]
Ask Blake Thomas, the mastermind behind Take It With You, to sum up just what that enterprise exactly is, and he’ll tell you it’s not the easiest thing to do. “We have been trying to come up with an elevator pitch for two years, now, and we’ve come no closer to figuring out how to explain it,” Thomas says. “For the old timers, you can say it’s live radio theater, and they get it. But when they ask you what station it’s on and podcasting comes up, they’re out. It works the opposite way with younger folks. For a while, we said that it’s like A Prairie Home Companion meets Cheers. That worked okay.”
While it may be touch to pin down Take It With You in a few brief words, Thomas has explained it pretty well. It’s an old-timey radio show just in downloadable form. It’s folksy and Minnesota-centric and it take places in a bar. With two seasons and 16 episodes so far, it’s become a success, with devoted fans filling the seats at the live show and downloading the mp3s like crazy.
For Thomas, it’s been quite the journey from inception to execution. “It all started with a musical called Stay Tuned,” he says. This Osseo, Minnesota production was co-written by Thomas, and it shared presentation elements with what later became Take It With You. “Tom Isbell, a professor at UMD, came down to see the show. It was Tom who suggested that we come up and check out a space in Duluth: The Underground.” Isbell also suggested morphing the musical into what became Take It With You. “He put the bug in our minds,” Thomas said.
To read the full article, visit duluthsuperiorliving.net.
Get Tickets to Season Three’s Kick-Off Episode!
When: Tuesday, April 19
Where: The Underground (506 W. Michigan Street | Lower level of the Depot building)
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, show begins at 7:30pm *Arrive on time as late-comers will not be seated due to the show’s live recording for their podcast*
Tickets: Online at duluthunderground.org or call 218.733.7555
Ticket Prices: $15 per person, or purchase a Season 3 membership for $195. Learn more about the season membership here.