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Anjelica Huston and Geoffrey Dicker
For the last 14 years, Broadway and film stars turn up in Shubert Alley in New York for Broadway Barks, the annual adopt-a-thon created to find homes for pets from city animal shelters. I hung out to watch the stars arrive and as you will see above and below, I had quite a magical day meeting some truly amazing people.
Ben Vereen and Geoffrey Dicker
Thanks to everyone for such great experiences! See more photos after the jump and on Playbill dot com!
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Adam Lambert and G
On July 14, 2011, I was at the Highline Ballroom in New York seeing the always amazing Nikka Costa perform. I was kickin’ it in the VIP section when I looked to my right and saw that Adam Lambert and his friends were standing inches from me. Bonus! If you are a new reader to According2g, you’ll see on the “Encounters with G” section that amazing experiences like this one happen to me all the time. Bookmark the site and check it daily – you never know what kind of crazy things I’ll get up to! But I digress… All of us danced all night long to Nikka’s music, which is one of the closest things you can have to a religious experience, according2g. Nikka’s got the soul, Nikka’s got the funk and she’s an electrifying performer. Adam Lambert, whose hair is working it in ways I can’t even describe in words, was so cool when we chatted. As he was with friends, I didn’t monopolize too much of his time, but as you can see above, he was cool enough to pose for this really cool photo as you can see above. Adam is working on his 2nd album and I am hoping there’s a Nikka Costa collaboration on it. Fingers crossed! Thanks again Adam. Hope you had as good a time as I had!
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I’m just going to say it – I think Nikka Costa is one of the best live performers around. Since her 2001 album “Everybody Got Their Something” was released, I’ve seen Nikka live at least 10 times in multiple cities and every time, she is amazing! It was no different when she kicked New York’s ass on July 14, 2011 at the Highline Ballroom. If you’ve never heard her music, you must remedy that immediately! She packs the funk of James Brown and has the soul of Janis Joplin. Nikka hit the stage around 9:15 PM and delivered the goods for nearly 2 hours. She played an even mix of tracks off her latest 3 albums and also included songs from her new EP “Pro*Whoa!”
You’ll be seeing a video of “Push and Pull,” coming soon, so stay tuned – you won’t want to miss it. Seeing that song performed is akin to a musical religious experience for me. She hits the notes and I think the song is one of the most beautiful tracks of the new millennium. For most bands, a song of that magnitude would be the closing number, but not for Nikka Costa. She sandwiched it in a powerful run of songs that included the new song “Pro*Whoa!,” “Like A Feather” (which had everyone in the crowd clapping along during the chorus), the new song “Nylons in a Rip,” and “Can’tneverdidnothing.” Nikka played percussion for a little bit, engaged the audience (which included Adam Lambert in attendance) with sing-a-longs and even got down on her knees to plead on the funk!
You do not want to miss Nikka Costa when she comes to your town! She’s got funk that’ll kick your butt and have you begging for more. Her new EP “Pro*Whoa!” is available online and for the Youtubers out there, she’s launched a channel called “Nikka’s Box,” where she uploads exclusive performances that sometimes feature special guests. After the show was over, Nikka signed copies of “Pro*Whoa!” and I think it’s safe to say, everyone in attendance danced away into the night with a smile on their face.
See the set list after the jump.
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Robert Schwartzman, lead singer of Rooney and G
Moments after Rooney’s awesome sold out show at Irving Plaza in New York on June 14, 2010, the band staged a meet and greet with their fans. The deal was you had to buy their CD from the merch table, get a stamp and then you could meet the band. Had I known, I would have brought my cds from home, but since I didn’t know, I tried explaining this to the security guards that were kicking people out that didn’t have a stamp. As luck would have it, right as I was explaining my story to a security guard who didn’t seem to comprehend what I was talking about, lead singer Robert Schwartzman had just walked out from back stage. I explained this story to him, and he happily obliged to take a photo with me. Thanks again Robert, both for making great music, putting on a rockin’ show and of course, for being super cool!