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As Lady Rizo stepped onto the stage at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on January 20, 2011 for yet another sold out show, my first thought was “it’s so good to be in her presence again.” I’ve seen Lady Rizo and the Assettes perform many times and I truly think it’s impossible to leave her show without a huge smile on your face. Lady Rizo has a great voice, is funny as hell, wears wonderful costumes and she is a master at rearranging familiar songs in a totally different way. For example, she performed a very dramatic (and hilarious) version of Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It (On the Alcohol).” She spoke the lyrics, including the rap interlude and even took shots of tequila during this performance for effect. How can you not love someone who does what it takes to get the job done? Also performed was a jazzy version of Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle.”
Though she existed before Lady Bohemian Rhapsody Gaga, the only Lady in my life paid tribute to the queen of the pop charts and performed a Dixieland Band meets country music version of “Poker Face.” It was great (better than the original version, according2g), but changing the arrangement makes you realize how stupid the lyrics are. “Bluffin’ with my muffin” – seriously?! If you missed Lady Rizo tonight, don’t worry! She’s got a monthly show called “Unescorted” at Joe’s Pub. Click here to get tickets. Her shows sell out quickly, so don’t miss your chance to see a great show that will make you forget the horrors of the world, if only for 2 hours at a time.
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According2g.com would like to wish the fabulously talented singer Lady Rizo a very happy birthday today. The New Yorkers who read this site regularly know that the�main Lady in my life is Rizo. I’ve seen her cover everyone from Leonard Cohen to Michael Jackson. Whether you see her as part of an ensemble show or performing solo or with her group The Assettes, it is impossible to leave one of Lady Rizo’s shows without a huge smile on your face and an internal promise to see her every time she comes around. Guess what New Yorkers? Her next show is on September 25, 2010 at Joe’s Pub! Tickets are likely to sell out imminently, so don’t miss your chance to see an act so fresh yet she will make you remember New York back when it was really edgy.
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You know you’re in for a special treat when New York legend Lee Chappell throws a party. Foreign Affairs – A Cabaret for the 21st Century, is musical candy for the eyes and the ears. Hosted by the fabulous Isengart and Lady Rizo, this show features some of the most talented performers this decade has seen. Tonight’s show was a tribute to Lee Chappell, who was celebrating his birthday. The packed house was treated to over 2 hours of performances by Lady Rizo, Isengart, Corey Tut, Julie Atlas Muz and Amber Martin, just to name a few. Each week at the cabaret you can expect surprise performers from Joey Arias to Alan Cumming.
Tonight’s show featured Isengart singing the Beatles’ “Rocky Racoon” and The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” two of my favorite songs, so you know I was going wild. It only got better as Lady Rizo sang Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” and Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man.” Burlesque legend Julie Atlas Muz did a striptease for the begging crowd and served the birthday boy cake in the sexiest way possible. Amber Martin sang the hell out of Janis Joplin’s “Turtle Blues” and I know Janis was looking in on our party smiling (and toasting us with her bottle of Southern Comfort) wherever she is.
The final performance of Foreign Affairs at the Night Hotel will be December 2, 2009 before it moves to its new location in Downtown Manhattan in 2010. When dates and venues are available, you’ll hear about it here. What a night! And many happy returns, Lee!
See some more pictures from Foreign Affairs, some NSFCMP (not safe for closed minded people) pictures of Julie Atlas Muz as well as my encounters with Isengart and Amber Martin after the jump.
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Lady Rizo and G
If you are in the New York area, run don’t walk to get tickets to see Lady Rizo on October 23, 2009 at Joe’s Pub. Her shows are legendary. She represents the raw intensity of the way New York used to be before it was Disneyfied. If you miss tomorrow night’s show, never fear – she’s also performing on December 11, 2009.� She’s one of the best kept secrets in New York, but after these two shows, the world will come to realize what my readers already know – Lady Rizo is awesome! If you see her after the show, tell her G sent ya!
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Tonight at Joe’s Pub in New York’s East Village, all of our favorite stars got together for Our Hit Parade to perform a tribute concert to our dearly departed Michael Jackson. Grade A performers Lady Rizo, Murray Hill, Amber Martin, Neal Medlyn, Bridget Everett and of course, Alan Cumming were all on stage to perform renditions of their favorite Michael Jackson songs.
Lady Rizo performs "Beat It"
Alan Cumming performs "You Are Not Alone" and "Smile"
Amber Martin performs "Wanna Be Startin' Something"
Neal Medlyn perfomrs "Black or White"
Bridget Everett and Murray Hill
The grand finale - "We Are The World"