McCartney, Cutrell, Etc. Set for Joni Mitchell Tribute

By: Sep. 13, 2006

The Daryl Roth Theatre will continue Coffee House, a brand new musical series taking place at The D-Lounge, with an evening celebrating the songs of music icon Joni Mitchell.

On Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm, a myriad of esteemed cabaret performers will come together for the evening, which will feature the talents of Lisa Asher, Brandon Cutrell, Sarajean Devenport, Baby Jane Dexter, Tim DiPasqua, Michael Holland, Karen Mack, Liz McCartney (Taboo, Dance of the Vampires) and Rachel Ulanet. The evening will be directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond, with musical direction by Ray Fellman.

A new series at the D-Lounge, Coffee House presents a variety of evenings with different themes, featuring casts of eclectic artists.
"When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the 1980s and 1990s by over a decade," state press notes.

Mitchell began her rise to acclaim as singer of folk-rock music beginning in the mid-sixties. In addition, she also found success writing songs for other singers--"Both Sides Now" was a hit for Judy Collins, "Eastern Rain" for Fairport Convention" and "The Circle Game" for Tom Rush. Earning a cult following, her 1969 sophomore effort, "Clouds," reached the Top 40, while 1970's "Ladies of the Canyon" sold even better on the strength of the single "Big Yellow Taxi." It also included her anthemic composition, "Woodstock," a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. She reached her apex of commercial and critical approval with her landmark 1971 record Blue. Stylistic experimentation would mark follow-up albums such as "For the Roses," "Court and Spark," "Miles of Aisles," "The Hissing of Summer Lawns," "Hejira" and "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter," among others.

Mitchell returned to pop territory for 1982's "Wild Things Run Fast;" the first single, a cover of the Elvis Presley hit "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care," became her first chart single in eight years. Mitchell made a move into electronic sounds with 1988's "Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm," featuring guests Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and Billy Idol. Albums since include "Night Ride Home," "Taming the Tiger" and "Both Sides Now." Mitchell has announced that 2002's "Travelogue" will be her last album, as she intended to retire. Fortunately, she later renounced those plans.

There is a $10 cover charge, as well as a two-drink minimum. The D-Lounge is located within The Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 East 15th St. (15th St. at Union Square East). For reservations, please call 212.375.1110, ext. 3, or e-mail  For more information about the D-Lounge, visit

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