Holiday cheer is considerably tenuous this year, in much of the country, anyway. But damn if that would prevent Megan Hilty from delivering abundant joy in her four-show engagement at Joe's Pub, a run which began December 2. The concerts were intended to celebrate the release of Hilty's new Christmas album, A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, which she recorded live with her four-musician band.
Six months pregnant and glowing as bright as the Rockefeller tree herself, Hilty jovially commandeered the evening and not once acknowledged the state of the world outside, making it possible for a room full of New Yorkers to temporarily suspend their shared cynicism or desolation, and plunge into 80 minutes of glee. (more...)
Recording artist Kurtis Simmons has released his first holiday recording entitled “This Year for Christmas.” Along with Simmons, the EP features the writing and performance talents of multi-platinum and award-winning Stefan Lit and acclaimed jazz artist and actor Scott Dreier. (more...)
Actor Performs Solo in Grassroots Tour to Benefit Artists and Audiences with Disabilities
The celebrated one-woman show, The Joy is back on tour with winter and spring performances planned in Los Angeles, Reno, Houston, and across the eastern seabord. (more...)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicks off a five-week holiday season on November 30th with a star-studded gala benefit, including a performance at New York City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom. Songwriter, recording artist, and activist Solange Knowles is the evening's Honorary Chair. Her third and most recent album, A Seat at the Table, debuted at number one on the Billboard chart in October. (more...)
Fugly dresses. Dancing duck people. A clown made out of processed meat. Could any of this be real? Add a singing saw and a dark folk soundtrack and you've got Avant-Guarded, a cabaret for misfits and daydreamers. (more...)
by Alix Cohen - Nov 12, 2016
Hirschfeld might draw Judy Collins as a halo of white hair, doe eyes, and a long black line curving, unbroken, to cradle her guitar. She's the image of unstudied elegance, natural, and despite the artist's thanks to Elizabeth Arden, soulfully organic.
Judy Collins has been performing for 57 years in what she deems 'the second oldest profession.' Many of us came of age with her experimental, rallying lead. When the audience is invited to sing along they do so softly, sure of lyrics embedded in meaningful memories. Those of us who continue to show up year after year hear some of the same history---she was supposed to be a classical pianist, but opted for guitar and earned her chops in the folk world---and stories, like the night she awoke in Woodstock after an Albert Grossman party and sat on the floor secretly listening to Bobby (Dylan) work on 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' (more...)
Tom Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. Tom helped shape the folk revival in the '60s, starting with the now legendary Club 47, and helped spur on the folk renaissance of the '80s and '90s. (more...)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ SOUNDBREAKING: STORIES FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC, an eight-episode PBS series that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world, will make its U.S. broadcast debut on PBS starting next Monday, November 14 (more...)
On Friday, December 2nd at 8pm, A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT, the holiday musical program written and performed annually by St. Petersburg natives Becca McCoy and James Weaver, will have its final performance before being retired, hosted by First Unity Spiritual Campus in St. Petersburg. (more...)
Coinciding with its upcoming PBS broadcast and coming off a critically-acclaimed premiere at SXSW earlier this year, the star-studded, groundbreaking music documentary series Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut (more...)