Posted in music | tour dates on August 27, 2008

The Cockettes
The Cockettes

Though free shows are becoming scarcer and scarcer in NYC as September approaches, September 6th now offers three all-day possibilities. This one is part of the annual LES Howl! Festival, takes place in Tompkins Square Park, and looks sort of like this:

Tompkins Square Park, Sept 6, 2008
1.00 p.m. Middle Collegiate Choir
1.30 p.m. Blonde Boy Wilson with On Davis
1.40 p.m. "Bang the Drum for the Brothers,"J. Fitzgerald creates a dazzling spectacle of rhythm and rhyme.
2.05 p.m. TIMBILA
2.25 p.m Baby Soda
2.45 p.m. Tin Pan
3.05 p.m Reverend Billy
3.25 p.m. Trachtenburg Family
4.05 p.m. Becky Wreck
4.20 p.m. Ari Up's Slits
5 p.m. THE COCKETTES and the Thrill Peddlers
6 p.m. The House of HOWL PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF BON VIVANT'S BALLHOUSE TRIBUTE
That's just the schedule of one stage on one of the three days though. The rest of the Tompkins Square Park part of the schedule can be found on Howl's very confusing website.

The other free shows on Septmeber 6th are the East Village Radio Fest at South Street Seaport and the Monser Island Block Party in Brooklyn.

The entire Howl! Festival runs from September 5-11 and involves approximately 30 different venues including the Living Room, Element, Bowery Poetry Club, Niagara, Rehab, St Marks Church and Vaishnava Academy For the Performing Arts.

The Cockettes...

a psychedelic drag queen troupe founded by Hibiscus in the late 1960s in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. The troupe performed outrageous parodies of show tunes (or original tunes in the same vein) and gained an underground cult following that led to mainstream exposure.

In 1971, over differences in philosophy, the group split into two separate groups, the Cockettes and The Angels of Light. The Cockettes continued to work as paid performers while the Angels of Light chose to do free theatre without admission charge.

The Cockettes were the subject of a 2002 documentary, The Cockettes... [Wikipedia]

... (...how many original members there still are I'm not sure...) are also playing a few shows at The Theaters at 45 Bleeker Street (in addition the one in the park listed above).

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Comments (15)

There's actually a section of Saturday sponsored by Showpaper that may/may not be more interesting to BV readers.

Posted by Greg | August 27, 2008 5:00 PM

Isn't Angels of Light the name of one of Michael Gira's projects? He gonna get sued?

Posted by Eggs1234 | August 27, 2008 5:01 PM

Ari Ups Slits? Ari Up, why are you so full of yourself? When I saw you perform at Knitting Factory a year ago, it was in painful.

Posted by michaelways | August 27, 2008 5:36 PM

we used to call cockettes "she-dongs".

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2008 5:45 PM

With Ari pain is in the heart of the beholder - if you approach the show with the same joy she does you will not be disappointed.

This won't be the Slits tho, but Ari w/ the True Warriors which is more or less the Jammyland band, and will be mostly reggae.

Posted by joly | August 30, 2008 3:28 PM

Glad to know I'm not the only one who was totally baffled by their Web site. Oy!

Posted by annulla | September 4, 2008 5:50 PM

showpaper stage looks awesome w/ fiasco!

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 3:24 PM

Mrs Norman Mailer is reading from her book about Norman Mailer at 101 Murray Street at St John's University Manhattan 2 blocks below Chambers also featuring Playwright Larry Myers & George Wallace

Posted by Dr Larry Myers | September 5, 2008 5:40 PM

www.myspace.com/antiyounyc

MEH BAND IZ PLAYIN. GO GO GO.

Posted by selfpromotingdick | September 5, 2008 6:43 PM

Just saw Larry Myer's play and was completely blown away. It's as if he's possessed by Kerouac himself. The language is beyond BEAT it is super-cyber, goth, neo-rap. A play about characters living within a poetry jam. I am a Philadelphia theater critic and the fringe festivals could use this riff.

Posted by Tom Walsh | September 6, 2008 3:33 PM

Larry Myers has pierced the skin of Kerouac and entered him. Prepare yourself with oils and prayer before treading this dimension.

Posted by Voice of the Hamptons | September 8, 2008 5:31 AM

Larry Myers at
columbus ohio poetry
jam at
Kafe Kerouac all da poets
jam at
Kafe Kerouac
Larry took his turn an'
all thez cd say...Man when u coming
back to
Kafe Kerouac

Callin' all yall Columbus Beats stage that
Larry Myers Kerouac play so we all can
take a hit of that riff

Posted by Chris Loper | September 9, 2008 11:01 AM

As the fluffer for Jack Kerouac, Larry Myers will go down on history as a literary courtesan on a par with Madame Du Barry and Karl Rove.

Posted by Cinderella Psychadella | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM

Larry Myers writes with elegance, aggression and subtlety - all at the same time, which is no easy feet. Some of the stage actors are able to keep up with his work. Some are scared by it, which is a description most fitting of work making every attempt to capture what Kerouac was up to. Dr. Myers brings Kerouac from the Fantasia that the moderns want to make of his myth and he is returned to the mostly lonely, every-man writer that was the reality behind Jack's nights of brilliance.

Bravo Dr. Myers and a round of applause to the stage actors who chose courage over vanity and look all the better for making such a choice. Leave the decision making to the coffee shop actors, all 99.99% of them in Gotham. Dr. Myers weeds trhough to find th .1%.

Bravo.

Posted by Isabella | September 10, 2008 12:43 PM

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