Mark Mallman’s MARATHON 3
In a weekend already packed with several big local shows and events, there is one that stands miles above the rest for its ambition and proverbial insanity in even attempting.
Could you possibly imagine staying awake for 78 consecutive hours, let alone performing on stage the entire time as well? That’s exactly what Mark Mallman and a rotating all-star cast of 75+ local musicians will be doing at the Turf Club beginning today at 4 PM and ending on Sunday at 10 PM.
MARATHON 3 (yes, he’s also done a 26-hour performance in 1999 and a 52-hour performance in 2004 too!) will be a unique journey to the veritable limits of physical endurance and musical creativity at the same time. Composed as a three-phase musical installation, Mallman aims to “expose the raw nerve of creativity itself” as he turns through hundreds of pages of lyrics written especially for this performance.
Call it what you will, but nobody in this town (other than Mallman of course) has proven to have the balls to attempt something of this magnitude, let alone already twice before. I highly encourage you to make a trip (or several) over to the Turf Club to see this for yourself, though you can also stream it live on Mallman’s website as well. Still up at 4 AM on Saturday? Tune in. Already bored at work at 10:30 AM on Friday? Check it out then too. You’ll also find previews of the material Mallman is performing and a full list of the musicians that will be backing him over the course of the event on his site as well.
Yet in the end, you may still be asking yourself why Mark Mallman would subject himself to such an unimaginably challenging endeavor? Ask him why, and he will say, “because”.