Tracy Marune is coming to save your soul. One of the many alter egos of Cincinnati native/current West Coast dweller Andre Hyland, Tracy is a zealous, trucker-hat-wearing youth minister intent on shielding impressionable youngsters from the world’s many sinners and evildoers. Hyland, who many locals will remember as the dude behind a host of crafty, lo-fi Blonde Chili video shorts, conceived the character in 2001 while still a student in UC’s DAAP program.
But his inspiration dates back even further. “I always got a kick out of cable-access TV when I was a kid,” he says. “The majority of the programs were religious shows. I always found them to be bizarre and funny. And then I had this crazy, super-Christian babysitter that inspired a lot of the character.” Part performance-art satire, part inspirational Rock & Roll revival, Tracy, Dean & Jesus also features fellow Cincinnati native Mike Mayfield and UC grad Paul Ering Oyen, all of whom are dedicated to delivering what’s sure to be the best religion-laced tour stop since Sarah Palin blessed West Chester a few weeks back. Speaking of the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Hyland says Palin’s detractors are likely to be a target of Tracy’s scorn Saturday night at the Gypsy Hut. “He (Tracy) didn’t care about sexism until Sarah Palin came along.” 10 p.m. Free.