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Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality in a couple of hours.

In addition to Krisukas, the group claims Jodi Beder, cello, Pete "Saxman" Fluck, sax, harmonica; Shelagh Maloney, violin, and T. Roth, vocals and whatever else he can make mayhem with

Fans of Zen for Primates will be interested to know that since the last "Luau," Beder has been playing with a private orchestra in Washington D.C., as well as three different orchestras in New York City.

Fluck has been in session with Don Cunningham and his rock band, Cunningham and Associates, and fellow local great, Craig Thatcher.

Maloney has been working on her tree farm.

T. Roth stars as the notorious Zipster on YouTube with more than 30,000 followers and 20 million views.

Krisukas composed music for "The Marriage of Figaro," staged at Muhlenberg College this past school year; is working on a ballet for Company C Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco, to be produced in October 2014, and collaborating with George Miller on a theater piece for the Galway Fringe Festival in Ireland.

Zen will play old favorites, some new songs ("Easy Come Easy Go," "Drinking Man") and if you harass them they might be coaxed into debuting "Where the Shamans Go For a Brewsky."

Zen's cabaret-style music has a huge following in the Valley and beyond. If you aren't a fan yet, you may be, perhaps by midsummer when there's magic in the air.