The Rubin Museum of Art today announced the Fall 2011 Naked Soul Concert series. This premiere all acoustic and unplugged performance series is held in the Rubin Museum of Art's intimate 137-seat theater - a flagship arts and performance space in the heart of Chelsea. Naked Soul offers an opportunity for performers to be unplugged but totally connected.
Also on Friday nights, the Café @ RMA becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special Pan-Asian tapas menu along with a martini and wine bar to accompany the evening's DJ, thematic tours and gallery activities.
September 9, 7 p.m.
$30/$35 day of
Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk-urban pop music for 25 years with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her "soundscape experiments" while Rolling Stone praises her "evocative and subtle sonic shading." She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly) and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter). She returns to the Rubin Museum of Art by popular demand.
September 23, 7 p.m.
$20 in advance / $25 day of
"Wander Away is...a perfect showcase for this supremely gifted performing songwriter" - Performing Songwriter
"Achingly bittersweet" - USA Today
Making his Rubin Museum of Art debut, Mike Errico brings a full band, string trio, and special guests to his Naked Soul evening.
Wander Away, the sixth release from New York City's Mike Errico, is lush pop-rock that draws comparison to Elbow and Iron and Wine. From the urgent "Ready or Not" to the otherworldly "Everybody Knows," Errico expands his signature songwriting style with new instrumentation - including dobro, string sections, harmonium, and pedal steel - a varied group of cowriters, and a vocal vulnerability only hinted at previously.
In welcoming cowriters for the first time, Errico says, "I think of it as social networking within the artistic process. I've toured with (Soulive's) Eric Krasno and Ari Hest, met Raul Midon and (Goldfrapp/Peter Gabriel keyboardist) Angie Pollock through friends, and worked with (Grammy-winning producer) Ben Mink before. Together, we went places I wouldn't have thought of on my own. And," he adds, "it was a lot of fun." Errico also showcases his skill as a guitarist in an intricate arrangement of the Tom Waits classic, "Johnsburg, Illinois." "The song has such an aching quality to it, and I just needed to arrange it, so I'd always have it with me," Errico says.