VUCCI, the Munsters’ touring troupe, is one of the best performing arts groups in the country.
Its three members—Jarrett Lee, Josh McAlpine and Jason Wachter—have all made the leap to the international stage.
All three graduated from the University of New Orleans.VUCCi is one-of-a-kind and has never been staged anywhere else.
The group is the only troupe in the world to have played live in more than 10 countries.
They’ve toured the world, made appearances in South Korea, the United States and Europe, and have also performed at some of the biggest festivals in the U.S. (like Pitchfork Music Festival and the Coachella Music Festival).
The group is also one of New York City’s biggest performing arts clubs, hosting shows on the weekends and selling out every year.
(In 2019, VUcci was the only show to sell out.)
But, at its heart, VUsCi is about people.
It’s not about art or dance, it’s about having fun.
It’s all about community, which is a huge part of what VU is about.
In this week’s Recode podcast, we talk to a VU performance artist, comedian, and filmmaker who is a VUsCo member.
He’s also an aspiring musician.
The show also dives deep into the VU community and why it’s important for the troupe to remain independent.
We asked the artist to tell us a little bit about VUsCI.
He calls the band the Munsterers, which means, “a bunch of people from the same neighborhood in a small city, but on a different block.”
We also use the Munsts as a metaphor for the people.
The Munster people are like, “we are the Munstrakes,” he said.
“The Munsters are the city of Munsters, but they’re also a bunch of street kids.
The Munsters live in the city, so that’s what’s the most important thing for us.
We are all connected by our shared city, and that’s the one thing that keeps us together.
When you see the city come alive, when you see people from a different neighborhood on the same block, that’s when you really get into it.
It gives you an idea of what’s going on.
The more that you see, the more you know.
I feel like the group is a reflection of the city as a whole.
I’m a city kid, and I grew up in Brooklyn, so it’s a lot of my influences.
There’s this sort of a vibe that you get from the city.
People are just so excited to be here.
The biggest thing that really excites me about the group are the people, the people who are really passionate about their art and love to be involved with it.
You see that in the performers.
We’re all in our 30s, so we all have different levels of experience.
But when you meet the guys, you get the sense that this is a community that is just like us.
You can just feel it.
We all have a bond.
The music is very authentic, as you’d expect from a group that is a mixture of different styles.
But it’s also really cool to hear the guys in front of you.
You’re surrounded by a bunch to the point where it feels like they’re all just your family, he said, laughing.
There is a lot to learn about each other.
They have a great rapport.
The whole vibe is really cool.
We talk about what a lot can be lost in a show like this.
If you were to tell a VAsCi performance artist what to expect from the show, it would be to get into a funk.
The audience knows you’re going to have a bad time.
It just means you have to try harder, to keep moving forward.
It means you’re not going to get bored.
There are moments where you have so much to learn.
You’re just not in the groove, like it’s like a routine that you do every day.
There are times when you can hear the music going on and see it happening in real time, and you’re like, I’m in trouble.
It is like the world that you’re in.
You don’t know what’s coming, so you have no choice but to keep going.
It feels like there’s no end to it.
I feel like every show is like a test.
You feel like you’re learning something new every time you go.
The world of the VUs is very diverse, he explained.
There were two people who had no idea what they were looking at when they were trying to find a group, and then you got to meet them.
You have this weird dynamic where you don’t have to be that person.
You don’t need to be the one that everyone is. I