Last year Alton Brown, the popular Food Network personality brought his culinary skill, scientific knowledge and sense of humor live to people across the country with his tour Edible Inevitable. The tour was both successful and fun for the audiences and the host. With that experience under his belt, Brown is bringing an even bigger and more challenging tour called Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science to fans across the nation. The show makes a stop in Fayetteville on April 7.
Brown is well known for his work as a host on many Food Network programs like Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. He is also an acclaimed author winning a James Beard Award for I’m Just Here for the Food. He may be most strongly associated with his 13 years spent on the show Good Eats, however.
“My live shows are not Good Eats Live. However, the DNA is there. If you are a fan of Good Eats, then you will probably enjoy this, but I do things that I would never be able to do on TV. I write food songs and play and sing. I do demonstrations that are so much larger and theatrical on Good Eats — at the end of the day I did things you could do at home. In my live shows I do demonstrations that you could never do at home unless you have experience welding, a large workshop space and several advanced degrees in electrical engineering. Some people have described it as Good Eats on steroids. I don’t know that I see it quiet that way, but the DNA is there. They are related,” he explains.
For those that enjoyed Edible Inevitable this new performance is a must see; it’s going to be even bigger and better. “With the Edible Inevitable tour we learned the model and structure works. It is like a recipe, this much potato this much butter, this much milk. We are using the same structure but with all new songs and all new stuff. The guts are new,” Brown, explained, “This new show we required even more people to help with building and planning. We have brand new demonstrations … we are using technologies that no one has ever used on food before. It is exciting and a little bit terrifying because if things don’t work out the way I think they will, I will be in a little bit of trouble. “
Eat Your Science is full of grand demonstrations, jokes, live music and much more. Brown himself plays both the guitar and keyboard. Though not known as a musician now, he says that in his youth he often wrote and performed songs. For him relearning those skills was one of the most rewarding parts of preparing for these tours. “Everyone who grew up like me in ‘70s wanted to be a rock star. This has some of the same vibes so it’s a bit like a fantasy come true,” he says.
Much of this tour is focused on fun and enjoyment for the audience naturally, but also for Brown. The best performances are ones that are as fresh and exciting for the performers as for the audience. “This is new and exciting and a wonderful antidote because it is the opposite of TV, in a good way,” Brown says “ When you spend a lot of time every day on a sound stage like a do for Cut Throat Kitchen making TV this sort of gives you the other side of life.”
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science will be at the Crown Theatre on April 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets star at $39.75. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/detail/alton-brown or call 910.438.4100. The Crown Theatre is located at 1960 Coliseum Drive.