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August 30, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 30--Alan Vetter wants to do something different in New Mexico. Vetter is one half of the music outfit Vanilla Pop and he's ventured off to create "The Alan Allen Show."

The show follows in the footsteps of renowned music comedians Alan Sherman and Tom Lehrer, with a hefty dose of contemporary Tim Minchin. It is a blend of socio-political commentary as well as musical comedy.

"I wanted to bring in a type of entertainment that has been lost," he says. "It's a form that was popular and has begun to see a resurgence."

Vetter says as a child, he remembers hearing Sherman sing his hit, "Hello Muddah Hello Faddah (A Letter from Camp)," and was hooked.

"I was old enough to appreciate the music," he says. "I've admired him since then."

Vetter then went to college where he studied writing and has since started writing humor.

After forming and performing in Vanilla Pop for years, Vetter says he wanted to bring a light-heartedness back to music.

Vetter will sing songs about conjoined twins, hypochondriacs and the various phobias people have.

"A lot of music today is so serious," he says. "I think most people want to go out and see a show and just laugh. Yes, the songs have social commentary, but it's not an agenda. It's a quick look at the way I see things in life."

Vetter is also trying his hand with comedy.

"This has been done before," he says. "But I'm a musician taking a crack at comedy. Not a comedian taking a crack at music. At least the music will be good."

The 90-minute show also consists of Vetter performing with a piano and will have some crowd participation.

The show currently runs in Taos and Santa Fe, and Vetter is looking to bring it to Albuquerque and possibly nationwide.

"This form of entertainment is a genre that's been lost," he says. "I want to help usher it back in."

The Alan Allen Show

WHEN and WHERE: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, The Palace Restaurant and Saloon, 142 W. Palace, Santa Fe; 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, The Pavilion at KTAO, 9 State Road 150, Taos

HOW MUCH: $10 at thealanallenshow. com or 505-428-0690

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