GET THE 'LOWDOWN' LIVE!
Valentine's Day-themed variety show at Motorco
The Herald Sun by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan - February 2015
Tracey and Matthew Coppedge are taking their online variety show live for a Valentine's Day-themed event Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Motorco Music Hall. "The Lowdown Show LIVE!" will include performances by singer Yolanda Rabun, Dan the Animal Man, a magic show and a house band — Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos. Ron Livingstone will offer love advice and Reverend Eryk will officiate weddings and vow renewals.
The Coppedges — she's an actor and he's in marketing, including chief operating officer of Downtown Durham Inc. — started the "Lowdown Show" last year and have recorded 12 episodes. They've started hosting a few live events together, but this is the first live variety show.
"It's fun," Tracey Coppedge said.
"It's a good time and the crowd seems to like it," Matthew Coppedge said.
Sometimes things don't go as expected, Tracey Coppedge said, but she just talks and starts asking questions, or tries to get people to be silly. Sometimes people don't know there was a glitch at all.
"You go with it, don't panic," she said.
They'll host a "Together Forever" game show as part of the Motorco event, where couples will compete as to how well they know each other. The questions will be "something that will make everyone uncomfortable for sure," she said. Coppedge will also get out in the crowd so the variety show isn't just the audience watching what's on stage. For those who come and want to get married for real, bring a marriage license.
Mel Melton, former owner of Papa Mojo's Roadhouse restaurant and frequent Durham performer, and his band the Wicked Mojos will be the kind of house band you see on late night television. They'll perform between acts and keep the party rolling, Matthew Coppedge said. He and Tracey will also chit chat with guests like Rabun, the same way they do for the online "Lowdown Show."
Dan the Animal Man will be bringing a couple of animals the Coppedges are fearful of, she said, like creepy crawly things.
When the Coppedges first started talking about doing the "Lowdown Show" last year, the vision always was for a live studio audience, Matthew Coppedge said.
"We love being in front of a crowd," he said. The live show will shine the light on local talent, too, Coppedge said.
Motorco is a great location for it, Tracey Coppedge added.