Phoebe Legere makes her PUSSY FAGGOT! debut on Friday, February 8 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. RSVP for reduced guest list here.
“Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”
- New York Times
PHOEBE LEGERE was still a teenager when she became the resident composer for the Wooster Group, which included Spaulding Grey and Willem Defoe. Her storied history includes a record deal Epic Records, a Carnegie Hall debut as a composer and studying with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. She graduated from Vassar College, studied composition at the Juilliard School, studied piano at the New England Conservatory, and film scoring, orchestration and jazz arranging at the NYU Graduate School of Music Composition. In 1991 Legere opened for David Bowie on his National Tour. She led highly influential downtown bands, from Monad, to Ultra Monad To Blond Fox, Swingalicious. After the success of “Marilyn Monroe” (Island Records), Legere played numerous concerts and jazz festivals. Her Blue Curtain (Einstein Records) was nominated as a Top 10 CD of the decade; and she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. She has 10 CD’s available for download on ITUNES. Her newest CD, a jazzaret mix of French Musette and original compositions, will be released internationally on ESPDisk in the Fall.
CLINT MICHIGAN released its debut album, Hawthorne to Hennepin, in 2009. That album—heralded as “delicate and devastating” (Paste), “plaintive and at times haunting” (Time Out New York), and “magical stuff” (Detour)—announced the band to be a powerful presence in the world of alt-folk music, both for frontman and song writer Clint Asay’s affecting lyrics and the rhapsodic, reflective harmonies woven throughout its tracks. The title track made its way onto the show Grey’s Anatomy, while critics and live audiences alike extolled the band’s exquisite brand of melancholy.
The band’s second album, Coeur d’Alene, offers a contemplative meditation on love, struggle, and life’s baffling beauty. Few songwriters possess the poetic dial-up of Asay. With Coeur d’Alene, he communicates a new maturity and generosity of spirit. The album takes its name from the Coeur d’Alene mountain pass, a place that Asay considers transcendent. He first encountered the Coeur d’Alene pass when driving from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon—writing bad checks all along the way. The last check anyone accepted on that journey was in Missola, Montana, and as he journeyed from there to Spokane, he came upon Coeur d’Alene. “I was so full of excitement,” Asay recalls. “It was spectacular and the sun was setting… It was my great escape.”
Recorded over the course of a week at by sound engineer Jim Bentley at The Fort Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY, Coeur d’Alene features appearances by NYC artists Amy Bezunartea (a former member of Clint Michigan), pianist Jamie Cowperthwait, singer/accordian player Jim Andralis, drummer Sam Lazzara, singer/ukelele player Larry Krone, flutist Tracy Pratt, violinist Pinky Weitzman, and Mason Brown on banjo. Coeur D’Alene is the first offering from Asay Girl Records, Asay’s own label. (“Asay Girl” was Clint’s nickname as a kid in Wyoming… the only boy on his school’s gymnastics team.)
Erin Markey performs at PUSSY FAGGOT! on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg.
ERIN MARKEY is a Brooklyn-based writer/performer. She recently starred in the NYC premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes at the Hudson Hotel. She is a series regular on LOGO’s Jeffery and Cole Casserole TV show.
Her solo musical, Puppy Love: A Stripper’s Tail played and extended at PS 122. She is a company member of Half Straddle and her work in FAMILY was heralded as “the scariest performance of the year” in 2009 by Time Out NY.
As a playwright, she was invited to the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is currently developing her newest work, The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey, to premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Kinotek Series in the Fall of 2011.
As a cabaret and performance artist, she regularly appeared as part of Our Hit Parade with Kenny Mellman, Bridget Everett and Neal Medlyn at Joe’s Pub (The Public).
In 1995 DJ SAMMY JO discovered NYC nightlife via the (in)famous party Jackie 60 at the meatpacking district’s pioneer club Mother. It was here that he would be mentored by legendary house DJ Johnny Dynell. Starting in downtown bars and lounges, Sammy Jo soon became a resident DJ at the original cyberfetish party Click + Drag where he happened to meet and become friends with an aspiring performer named Jake Shears, who had just started a band called Scissor Sisters. When the band hit it big in the UK in 2004, Shears rang DJ Sammy Jo and invited him to be the band’s official tour DJ. Sammy Jo’s acuity of blending different styles of music seamlessly was a perfect fit with Scissor Sisters’ electro/retro sensibility.
Sammy Jo now splits his living time between New York and Barcelona, where he maintains a monthly residency at the megaclub Razzmatazz. Recently he has added remixing to his list of accomplishments, including the Tasty Tim/T-Total release The Anthem and several tracks off the Scissor Sisters’ latest album Nightwork. In between shows with Scissor Sisters, which last year included a warmup set at their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance and a sold out UK arena tour, DJ Sammy Jo can be heard at clubs across North America, Europe and Australia.
Machine Dazzle is a frequent performer at PUSSY FAGGOT! His next appearance at the party is on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Public Assembly. (Photo by Fussy Lo Mein)
MACHINE DAZZLE is a performance artist, costuming genius and founding member of the Pixie Harlots. He has made over 100 costumes for Taylor Mac and Taylor’s shows including the acclaimed Lily’s Revenge (HERE Arts Center). He has made costumes for a cavalcade of downtown New York performers including Justin Bond, Dirty Martini and Julie Atlas Muz (including Muz’ I Am the Moon, You Are the Man on Me at PS 122). He has presented fashion shows at SFMOMA and MoMA in New York.
As a solo artist he has performed at as a solo artist in myriad clubs and art spaces throughout New York. As a member of the Pixie Harlots he has performed as part of Weimar New York, Justin Bond’s Lustre (PS 122), Justin Bond’s Christmas shows at Abrons Arts Center and countless other clubs and events in New York City.
Rica Shay performs at PUSSY FAGGOT! on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. RSVP for reduced guest list.
Up and coming performing artist RICA SHAY serves up a bubalicious rap show that is always high-energy, free-flowing, funny and unmistakably queer. His sassy style is all hip-hop, but flavored with a touch of drag and burlesque. His beats and rhymes never fail to entertain, as they tell the story of a scrappy survivor bringing himself and his friends up in life.
A self-described free spirit and nomadic night owl, Rica Shay has performed all over the U.S. including New Orleans, Altanta, Nashville, L.A., San Francisco and New York. He is currently rocketing to the top of the scene with his hit ‘Summertime Realness,’ released last year with collaborator Big Dipper. Keep your eyes out for his debut EP to be released later this year.
Enid Ellen performs at PUSSY FAGGOT! on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. RSVP for reduced guest list here.
“There are pockets of wonderful performers, like David Mramor [Enid Ellen].
There are bright lights everywhere, but it is harder.”
-John Cameron Mitchell, in NEXT (on the disappearance of Shortbus-era New York)
Hatched from a beached whale, ENID ELLEN channels Mother Nature. A shape shifting, gender bending poet in hooker boots, Enid speaks of love, anger, divine feminine power and Nature. With Greg Potter on piano they create melodic songs to speak the Word.
Billy Billy Hough & Susan Goldberg appear at PUSSY FAGGOT! on Thursday, June 7, 2012 as part of the opening night party for Queer New York International (QNYI).
BILLY HOUGH & SUSAN GOLDBERG teamed up in Provincetown in the summer of 2006 to do a series of shows at the Grotta Bar at Enzo’s. In the ensuing 6 years, they’ve played 200 gigs in Provincetown,and more recently 15 gigs in New York, been the subject of two documentaries, written a musical, and released a live album that became an international hit. Despite the odds, they are still banging at the empty piñata of fame.