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SUBCULTURE SET LIST: LINDSAY MENDEZ FOR PASSOVER

4/25/16

I don’t think there could have been a better way to spend the second night of Passover than at SubCulture with my sensational band, a full horn section, and the gorgeous and wonderful Lindsay Mendez. I started the evening raising a glass of Manischewitz (ugh) and leading an audience sing-along to the Pesach classic, “Dayenu,” set to a merengue rhythm. I brought two brand-new songs, one from The Connector and one aimed directly at the National Rifle Association. Lindsay transcendently sang my all-time favorite Joni Mitchell song, featuring one of Todd Reynolds’s most lyrical solos. And the horn section blastedRead More »

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

3/17/16

My yearly tribute to the Irish ladies, whose shamrock milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. Jason Robert Brown in Concert, with Special Guest Anika Noni Rose Now available for download or streaming! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/28087

SUBCULTURE SET LIST: ANA GASTEYER JOINS THE BAND (3/14/16)

3/15/16

A sublime and ridiculous evening at SubCulture with the amazing Ana Gasteyer (whose sensational album I’m Hip is available now on iTunes). Not only did Ana rip our hearts out with her version of 13-year-old teenage angst, she did an amazing Harold Arlen song from her own show, a glorious Buddy Holly/Linda Ronstadt cover, and (egged on by me) basically sight-read the hell out of “Summer in Ohio.” I can’t wait to have Ana come back and do more with that unbelievable voice! A first: not only did I premiere a brand-new song from a brand-new show (The Connector, whichRead More »

WHAT I THINK ABOUT WRITING MUSIC FOR THE THEATER

3/6/16

I read an article last year about a middle-aged guy who was learning, for the first time, to drive. His realization was this: Driving is not particularly difficult, it’s just incredibly dangerous. This is more or less what I think about music in the theater. It is actually music’s simplicity that makes it so potent. Music changes the molecular structure of a room completely, and the volume and density of the sound are almost irrelevant. Play a single note quietly on a piano in the middle of a scene, and the air becomes charged instantly, freighted with expectation. That firstRead More »

SUBCULTURE SET LIST: LENA HALL & DAVE EGGAR IN THE HOUSE (2/20/16)

2/21/16

An incendiary night at SubCulture, with the blaze lit by the incomparable Lena Hall, force of nature beyond compare, and stoked by the dazzling Dave Eggar on cello. I don’t remotely support people taking video during the show, but how can I not share this with you? Nothing’s Bigger Than Kong from King Kong (2016) (world premiere) I Love Betsy from Honeymoon In Vegas (2015) The Hardest Hill (2016) Lena Hall: Blues: Feel The Rain Fall from Parade (1998) Lena Hall: Getting Out from Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes (2005) Wondering from The Bridges of Madison County (2014) Dave Eggar: AlwaysRead More »