LADY RIZO, MICHELLE SHOCKED, et al. Set for Joe's Pub in June
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by BWW News Desk
The following acts are set for the June 2011 line-up at Joe's Pub:
THE WRONGLERS & JIMMIE DALE GILMORE
Terminology has distinct limitations in the world of traditional music. While useful for reference and classification, it is often imprecise, arbitrary, and overlapping, with jargon that changes continually over time. Consider, for example, this set of spirited and expertly-performed songs by The Wronglers and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Is it old-time country? Bluegrass? String-band music? Some of these songs are also prevalent in such other genres as western swing, proto-rockabilly, and folk revivalism. Some are rooted in African-American blues. And others date back - at least in terms of melody - to an indigenous British repertoire from many centuries past.
But whatever they are called - past, present, or future - these songs represent a classic American repertoire, a timeless cultural legacy. And that's precisely why The Wronglers and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have aptly entitled this fine new album Heirloom Music. These songs are national treasures, a precious bequest to ensuing generations. They are performed here with a grace and proficient fluidity that may sound deceptively simple. But beneath such seemingly effortless delivery there is a deep core of reverence for tradition, not to mention an equally deep core of exuberant delight and pure fun.
The six members of The Wronglers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and guest guitarist Rob Gjersoe are all in fine form here on this fully realized set of American jewels. You are about to embark on a journey through a century of great traditional music classics. You are about to inherit the joy and grit that is Heirloom Music. http://www.thewronglers.com
LADY RIZO: unescorted
The incomparable "cabaret star" (NY Magazine) Lady Rizo is back for an unchaperoned evening of song and decadence. You may have seen her here at Joe's Pub with her "glam bottom baring dance troupe the Assettes " (Village Voice), celebrating the billboard top ten in the monthly series Our Hit Parade, or midtown at the gothic Night Hotel co-hosting the weekly transnational lounge Foreign Affairs.
But here is your chance to have her all to yourself. Her seamless mix of bawdy humor and elegance has been likened to Mae West but it's her vocal chops that have garnered recent attention: collaborating with both Yo-Yo Ma & Moby on albums this year, singing selections of the American Songbook in front of the internationally acclaimed 36 -piece orchestra The Knights, and at MOMA for a sold out cabaret for the Kirchner Exhibit.
J. GEILS (of the J. Geils Band) & JEFF PITCHELL w/ GERRY BEAUDOIN & TEXAS FLOOD
one of the hottest guitar slingers on the circuit, drawing comparisons to JIMI HENDRIX or STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN. His CD, HEAVY HITTER, reached #7 on the BILLBOARD CHARTS. Also on the bill, is GERRY BEAUDOIN , nominated for a GRAMMY....and they will be playing some of the J GEILS BAND hits as well as some of JEFF's songs and blues, blues blues and rock,rock, rock!
An excerpt from the Fitchburg Sentinal Newspaper: "J Geils, who recently teamed up with the International Songwriting Contest winner Jeff Pitchell, whose CD "Heavy Hitter" reached No.7 on the Billboard Charts...brought the house repeatedly to its feet during a performance...in Marlborough MA"
URDB.org Presents: RECORDSETTER LIVE!
Dubbed "Best Oddball Night" by New York Magazine, RecordSetter LIVE! features an all-star lineup of New York City performers setting unique world records. The night is hosted by Universal Record Database (URDB) co-founders Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson, known for their regular segments on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Brooklyn jazz trio Blast Off!!! serve as the house band.
Previous RecordSetter events have seen the likes of Reggie Watts, Morgan Murphy, M. Doughty, Arden Myrin, AJ Jacobs, Kumail Nanjiani, Joe Mande and Owen Biddell set records they've invented themselves. Sold-out crowds have witnessed and participated in feats like Fastest Time to Name All Star Trek TV Episodes in Broadcast Order, Most Costume Changes While Listening to Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' and Largest Group "Meow" Rendition of 'Lean on Me'. All records are documented on video and added to the URDB website for people around the world to challenge.
"Our live events bring out a mix of individual bravery, group participation, hilarity, surprise and all-around general chaos," says Rollman. "We've seen everything from an onstage wedding proposal to the world's tallest carrot cake to 12 women standing on top of a man rolled up in a carpet." http://urdb.org/
MICHELLE SHOCKED w/ special guests THE SWEATER SET
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a solo performance of the complete collection of songs from The Texas Campfire Tapes; from 5 a.m. in Amsterdam through The Secret to a Long Life (is knowing when it's time to go) in sequence and taking requests for additional bonus track material from the 2003 reissue of the legendary album. A brief segment to follow will focus on advocacy of arts education in public schools. For the finale, a short preview of songs from the current work in progress, Indelible Women.
June 12 Roadworks 2011 New York City
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a spontaneous, improvised set list of requests from the audience drawn from Michelle's entire 13-album catalog. Come and try to stump the band with obscure requests rarely played live. A brief segment to follow will focus on advocacy of arts education in public schools.For a finale, a preview will be presented of songs and narrative from the current work in progress, Indelible Women
June 19 Indelible Women
An opening set by DC duo The Sweater Set, followed by a presentation from the current work in progress, Indelible Women. While in residency in New York, Michelle will be collaborating with directors and writers and actors in hopes of developing the material into a theatrical choreopoem and will be showcasing the results of the effort in this final show. If it falls flat, she promises to sing Anchorage instead!
JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND
Recently described as "A bar of gold in the new depression" by Hilton Als in the New Yorker, singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and was named one of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was listed by Time Out London as one of England's 50 Funniest People. His debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009. In 2008, he won rave reviews for his GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village and then went on to tour the UK with stops in Manchester, England as part of the It's Queer Up North Arts Festival and in a critically acclaimed run at London's Soho Theatre. Also in 2008, Justin appeared at The Southbank Center in London in the title role of Sinderella an original musical written by Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies. In 2007, he premiered Justin Bond is Close To You, a reinterpretation of the classic Carpenter's album Close To You performed in its entirety as part of Joe's Pub in the Park in Central Park and subsequently presented by The Sydney Opera House in Australia. He regularly Emcees the performance series Weimar New York which has played in such varied locations as the SFMOMA, The Speigeltent, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York.
As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Justin has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and starred in successful runs on Broadway and off-Broadway. Kiki and Herb have released two cds, Do You Hear What We Hear?, Kiki and Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall and a DVD Kiki and Herb Live at the Knitting Factory.
Film credits include a starring role in John Cameron Mitchell's feature Shortbus, Charles Hermann-Wurmfeld's Fancy's Persuasion as well as Imaginary Heroes and Jon Moritsugu's Mod Fuck Explosion. In 2006 Bond completed his MA Scenography at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. Justin credits his career as a queer performer to Kate Bornstein who cast him as Herculine Barbin in her ground-breaking play Hidden: A Gender in 1991.
Paul Brill's compositions for numerous award-winning films, TV series, and several acclaimed CDs of original and innovative songwriting prove that youthful adventures as an herbal smokes salesman, street performer, valet, corporate errand boy, and a marine biology instructor can serve the creative spirit well. He has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for his film work and recently collaborated with Rock legends U2, composing and producing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic hit, "Walk On," which will be featured in the upcoming HBO film, Burma Soldier. Brill brings his 10-piece band back to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of a new single, "Sunny Guy," and will feature guest performances from Elizabeth and the Catapult, Sonya Kitchell, Lauren Balthrop, Amber Rubarth and many others. http://www.paulbrill.com/