The Holler Sessions

written and performed by
Frank Boyd
created in collaboration with the TEAM
Dowling Studio

Overview

About the show

Staged as a live radio show, The Holler Sessions centers on one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts his love of jazz from his shoddy studio with an infectious passion for this uniquely American art form. His maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights, and mildly scatological humor are interspersed with extraordinary music and lots of space for listening. The Holler Sessions serves as a jazz primer for the uninitiated, a powerful reminder for jazz fans and an irreverent love letter to the best thing America has ever created, and then forgotten.

Photos

Frank Boyd in The Holler Sessions. Photography by Maria Baranova.

Frank Boyd in The Holler Sessions. Photography by Maria Baranova.

Frank Boyd in The Holler Sessions. Photography by Maria Baranova.

Frank Boyd in The Holler Sessions. Photography by Maria Baranova.

In the news

Review

In ‘The Holler Sessions,’ a D.J. as True Believer

Read the New York Times review.

Review

Jazz is a path to salvation for manic DJ in Guthrie's 'Holler Sessions'

Read the Star Tribune review.

Artists

Cast

Ray Frank Boyd

Creative

Consulting Directors Josh Aaseng and Rachel Chavkin
Scenic and Lighting Designer Eric Southern
Sound Designer Matt Hubbs
Music Director Gary H. Raynor
Stage Manager Michaella K. McCoy
Production Manager Dani Prados

Related events

Listening Parties

August 12 & 19
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. 
Target Lounge 

BYOV (bring your own vinyl) to one of our free listening parties inspired by The Holler Sessions. We’ll provide the turntable if you lend your stacks of wax and promise to swap stories about your music obsessions. Sip a signature ‘Holler Sessions’ cocktail from the cash bar, then boogie woogie to the Dowling Studio to enjoy the show. It’ll be cool. 

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