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RESIDENCY SET LIST: RACHEL BAY JONES GETS REAL 7/23

7/26/18

What was the most memorable moment of this concert? Was it Rachel recounting how she once had to scream “Go to Hell!” at a lamprey eel on a television show? Was it the free jazz rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings”? Or when Carol and Mark told us after “Fifty Years Long” that they loved the song so much because they’ve been married for 56 years?  Was it the room full of friends and family and fans new and old all singing along in perfect three-part harmony to “Caravan of Angels”? Rachel’s gonzo belting of the Irish girl song? Gary’sRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST: A HOT NIGHT WITH THURMAN, RUFFELLE AND BEAN!

6/20/18

There are always surprises at these concerts, but sometimes the person who is the most surprised is me. In this case, I was caught delightedly off-guard by the juxtaposition of three masterful performers: a resplendently gifted jazz singer/saxophonist – a fearlessly theatrical and relentlessly inquisitive chanteuse – and an endlessly versatile R&B singer and Broadway diva. I hadn’t met Camille Thurman before the afternoon rehearsal, but we immediately got into some serious music-making.  Months before, she’d been highly recommended to me as a saxophonist for a different concert, and when I went to her website, I fell head over heelsRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 5/21: HOEDOWN WITH GAVIN CREEL

5/25/18

Is there anyone in the entire entertainment industry who contains as much pure joy and such innate glorious musicality as Gavin Creel? Let me answer that for you: no. No, there is not. And he brought that contagious joy and stupendous mastery to the stage at SubCulture (on his night off from his Tony Award-winning role in Hello, Dolly!) for a truly wonderful evening of music-making. We started by breaking out a classic Dixie Chicks song and moved on to Loggins & Messina, and along the way, we got a beautifully gender-crossed “Another Life,” a thrashing version of a songRead More »

RESIDENCY SET LIST 4/25: BLAEMIRE, IMAN & MUPPET NERDS

5/2/18

The last couple shows were a little emotional, maybe, so this time I made everyone wear Electric Mayhem t-shirts (except Amber, who went with a NWA/Cookie Monster mashup deal my kids found at Target), and Nick played a new tune, and Amber did a reggae version of “Invisible” that we made up during rehearsal, and we did a bunch of stuff from The Connector and the new album, and basically, Nick is the most charming and naturally musical guy you’ve ever met, and I swear I’ve never seen any human more comfortable on a stage than Amber, and we allRead More »

SET LIST 4/11: LONDON PALLADIUM w WOLFE, LEWIS, TUCKER & the BBC Concert Orchestra

4/15/18

Friday Night Is Music Night has been broadcast on BBC Radio 2 continuously since 1953, devised to feature the extraordinary musicians of the BBC Concert Orchestra. It is now the longest-running orchestral radio programme in the world. I can’t imagine the founders ever planned for a quirky middle-aged American songwriter to hijack the entire thing with a whole madcap band of merry dingbats, but that’s what happened this week, and it was honestly everything I ever wanted from a concert in my life. Anyone who knows me knows that my deepest joy is getting to make music with other greatRead More »

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