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As a person who experiences seeing hundreds of live shows a year, I can honestly say that one of the best performers I’ve ever seen is Joey Arias. Joey Arias wrapped up a 3 week residency at Joe’s Pub in New York on February 10, 2013 and not even the after effects of a blizzard could keep the sold out crowd away. It’s hard to describe Joey Arias other than to say he is otherworldly. For those that have never had the pleasure to see Joey Arias live (and you need to remedy that immediately!), here’s a brief description: he performs in drag – and last night wore a fabulous pair of Christian Louboutin high heels, channels Billie Holiday with his amazing voice, keeps the audience laughing their asses off with in between song banter and always keeps it fresh by performing new material.
Phoebe Legere and Joey Arias
Joey brought out special guest (and fellow New York legend) Phoebe Legere for a show-stopping cover of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” which was the perfect cap to the nearly 2 hour show. Joey’s set also included covers of Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talking,” Billie Holiday’s “You’ve Changed,” Cream’s “White Room,” and some original songs such as “Sex Is Beautiful.” He flirted mercilessly with the crowd and I left the show with my face hurting from smiling for the duration of the show.
If you live on the West Coast, you have a few chances to see Joey Arias this week and next week, and I cannot emphasize enough that you should not miss seeing Joey Arias under any circumstances!
Joey Arias plays the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on February 14, 2013 and does a mini-tour ending in Salt Lake City on February 28, 2013. GO!!!
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- Sheila E and G
Wednesday like a river! I love Sheila E. so much! I’ve been a fan of her music since her brilliant debut album “The Glamorous Life” was released in 1984. Her next few albums “Romance 1600,” “Sheila E. (also known as “The White Album”) and “Sex Cymbal” have been in high rotation with me for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve seen and met Sheila E. so many times and as I am writing this, something so obvious that I’ve never thought about occurred to me – Sheila E. has NEVER let me down. Whether you are listening to her albums, seeing her in concert or meeting her in person, Sheila E. delivers! In concert, Sheila is one of the best musicians I’ve ever seen. She’s so good, she can even kick Prince’s ass! Yes. I said it (because it’s true). But that’s not all! You’ve not lived unless you’ve seen a legendary percussion “battle” with her brother Peter Michael Escovedo. Though I could stop right there, I will not. Sheila E. is not just all great music and live performance. She donates so much time and energy into great causes such as the Elevate Hope Foundation and as if it was not enough to be inspired by her music, her humanitarian efforts are so commendable.
I could go on and on about how much I love Sheila, but you came here to get the story behind this great picture you see above. On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Sheila E. tweeted that she was in New York, gave a location and a time and told her fans to stop by for a “quick pic.” I think you know the next part of the story. True to her word, Sheila arrived and all it took was me saying “I read your Tweets this morning” and she laughed and got in position for a “quick pic.” How cool is that? SO cool, according2g. Sheila E. and The E-Family have a new album out called “Now and Forever,” and you know it’s going to be good, because like I said before – Sheila E. does not disappoint! Find out more on Sheila E.’s official website. Thanks again Sheila for ALWAYS being so great in every way!
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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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On September 11, 2010, Owen Pallett opened for Dirty Projectors at New York’s Terminal 5. I saw Owen last month at Madison Square Garden and I remarked at the time that I’d like to see him at a more intimate venue. I got my wish (sort of) as Terminal 5 is a lot smaller than MSG. Like the last time I saw Owen, I liked what I heard. He plays the violin and sings at the same time and makes it look effortless! Pallett samples himself and then uses the samples to give his music a full band effect and it works wonderfully. Noticeably absent was his wedding ring, so I am putting it out there Mr. Pallett that I’m single and shirtless pictures of me are available upon request. In the rare event that he just forgot it, I wasn’t trying to start any blasphemous rumours, I was just testing to see if all those spiritual books I read have any validity by throwing ideas out there to make them happen.
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At the New York premiere for Gary Beeber’s film “Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque,” legendary dancer Julie Atlas Muz treated us to a performance of doing what she does best: Burlesque! The clip contains “burlesque nudity,” so if you have a closed mind, do not click on the video. The clip is introduced by Mr. Showbiz, Murray Hill.
Enjoy it after the jump.
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