On July 11, 2014, Vancouver singer/songwriter Rodney DeCroo will be performing his show, Allegheny, BC, for one night only in Vancouver. It is the final chapter in a trinity of works that began in 2012 with the release of DeCroo’s album, Allegheny, and his book of poetry, also entitled Allegheny, BC. This event, put on by Tonic Records, will take place at Renegade Studios (125 E. 2nd Ave., Vancouver) on Friday, July 11 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by going to: http://bit.ly/1ypXnc3. There will also be an limited number at the door.
Rodney DeCroo delivers raw footage of a childhood marred by violence, sudden uprootings, and abuse. Allegheny, BC is a candid, gritty tour through DeCroo’s troubled past in a small coal town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, the bush of northern BC, and his young adult years in Vancouver. Scenes of boys growing up along the banks of the filthy Allegheny River cut to hunting trips with an unpredictable father haunted by the Vietnam War to snapshots of seedy bars and strip clubs as the narrator struggles to come of age despite his circumstances.
DeCroo searches out available meaning and transcendence in fierce attentiveness to the often painful realities of life. Allegheny, BC is a reclamation project, an imaginative remembering through the savaged places of the human heart into beauty and acceptance. It is the river that flows through DeCroo’s life, at times lazily meandering, at times whitecapped and raging, but constantly working its way around moments that shaped a life and inevitably led to the man who stands before us.
For more information, go to www.rodneydecroo.com.
Directed by: Jane Heyman