Vivacious comic songwriter Di Carlo, of the recurring Mad Men spoof The Mad World of Miss Hathaway, shares original and sometimes naughty songs in various styles in her monthly set. The July edition, celebrating the show's fourth anniversary, features Kyle Forester at the keys.
This artist first wormed her way into both indie and poptimist ears alike back in 2012 with her undeniably infectious breakout single, "Call Me Maybe." But with her glitzy sophomore effort E-MO-TION—which hit its titular peaks of heartbreak and adoration with soaring majesty—she graduated from one-hit wonder to a versatile and inventive star with staying power. Here she plays from a new release, Dedicated, a collection of tightly written pop songs that shimmers with a fevered beauty (though perhaps not quite as respendently as its predecessor).
The former drummer for arena-rock monolith Journey has traipsed through all varieties of funky music over the course of his storied career, playing with the likes of Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Stanley Clarke and even Mariah Carey. Here Smith turns up with a hard-grooving trio to demonstrate his muscular chops in jazz-rock workouts and Buddy Rich–inspired jazz blasts.
The astonishing, totally fearless Bridget Everett has had a bona fide breakout year in film (Patti Cakes) and TV (Lady Dynamite), culminating in the pilot of an Amazon series of her very own, the endearingly raunchy Love You Too. The towering sex goddess's triumphant set at her usual stomping grounds, Joe's Pub, finds her belting and oversharing as only she can, and she never fails to shake up the room with hits like "Boob Song." Not to be missed.
The stars of the original Off Broadway production of The Last Five Years, having gone on to major Broadway careers, reunite for a nightclub set. Scott is a blond bombshell with a paradoxical flair for understatement, a reticent power that reached its apex in her 2010 Broadway showcase, Everyday Rapture; Butz has an unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. In addition to The Last Five Years, the two have also shared the stage in Rent and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and both are highly accomplished nightclub performers, so this should be a doozy. Todd Almond is the musical director.
Hirsute, Philadelphia-based drag queen (the creation of Pig Iron Theatre Company cofounder Dito van Reigersberg) Martha Graham Cracker and her band offer up their renditions of songs by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland and Mötley Crüe.
The Swedish dance-pop queen has never shied away from following her muse. Her live shows are always singular occurences, and while she might not play the hits exactly like you remember them, she'll deliver an unparelleled dance party with the skill of a master DJ. At this show, Robyn brings music from her newest album, Honey, as well as her stable of 'tude-packed hits ("Call Your Girlfriend," "Dancing on My Own," "Hang with Me").
The quirky yet poignant punk of NYC antifolk songsmith Blum explores world-weariness with humor and an attention to the minutiae of the everyday. They play alongside warbly, revelatory indie singer-songsmith Steph Knipe (better known as Adult Mom).
Alt-cabaret siren Cion explores inner and outer spaces in tribute to shape-shifting rock icon David Bowie. Proceeds from this special edition, which celebrates Cion's 50th birthday, benefit NARAL Pro-Choice America; guest artists include Amanda Duarte, David Cale, Jeremy Bass, Rembert Block, Amy Priya Santos, Joe Hurley and Dylan Sorenson.
Ackerman makes her solo cabaret debut with an autobiographical set that approaches pop and musical-theater favorites from a "body paws-itive" perspective. Kristin Rose Kelly directs, and Brandon James Gwinn is at the keys.