Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life
Quivering Dendrites - Vancouver, BC
V.17 - PTE - Colin Jackson Studio 
One of 18 worldwide 'Best of' shows selected to participate in the Fringe Encore series, Off-Broadway at the historic SoHo Playhouse in New York City in 2019. Sell-out run. Finalist for the Offies OnComm award, Edinburgh 2022.
An inspirational true story about overcoming obstacles, pursuing passions and the healing power of music. A heartfelt passion project that began as an idea after a devastating life event caused Keith Alessi to think differently about his future.

Show Info:
60 Minutes



No warnings

Wed July 13 10:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Thu July 14 7:45 PM
Fri July 15 6:00 PM
Sat July 16 10:15 PM
Sun July 17 7:45 PM
Mon July 18 6:00 PM
Tue July 19 8:00 PM
Wed July 20 7:45 PM
Thu July 21 6:00 PM
Fri July 22 10:15 PM
Sat July 23 7:45 PM
Sun July 24 5:45 PM

Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

Quivering Dendrites—PTE – Colin Jackson Studio

It’s always a pleasure to spend time with the charming, self-effacing Keith Alessi. While engagingly unfolding his true tale of a fatal prognosis and his narrow escape, you will be treated to his wonderful and hard-earned mastery of the banjo, along with rib-tickling jokes. I never imagined there were so many banjo gags. I particularly loved his tales of his original home of Virginia, where possum is a food staple. We cracked up over his song about a drooling driver anticipating knocking down a five pound critter for a delicious change of fare. Keith even brought a can of possum!

This show is unique, extremely enjoyable and well worth your time. You also get some valuable info about the importance of the theme to ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’; and some history of bluegrass.

The messages he wishes to impart: express your appreciation of those around you while you are still able to do so, and the healing powers of art and music. He says he’s working on a banjo opera; so let’s see what he comes up with next year. When you have have story so nice, we don’t mind it twice. But just.

Lisa Campbell