Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on February 22, 2010

by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay

McKay first discovered Doris Day in high school while attending a protest at the National Aquarium in Baltimore (she remains an ardent animal-rights activist). Waiting for the bus back to her home in the Poconos, McKay went into a record store and bought Day's classic album It's Magic. "I'd never heard of her before," she remembers, "but I liked the picture on the cover, her smiling face." Listening to it back home, she liked the music even better, sought out more of Day's albums, and rented her movies.

McKay was already playing piano and singing jazz standards, leaning toward a hard-boiled style. "I secretly listened to Anita O'Day tapes in gym class," she says. Doris Day twirled a wisp of coquettishness into the mix of influences, which only sharpened her precocious quirkiness. "I started out authentically weird," she says, "then it became self-conscious. You get used to being alone, then you pursue being different."NY MAG

Dressed in a red & black strapless gown, Nellie McKay performed to a sold-out crowd at the Allen Room in Lincoln Center as part of their "American Songbook" series on Thursday night (2/18). It was the second time Ms. McKay had performed in the series and this time it was to perform her new album, Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (on Verve, instead of Sony!), which introduced the music of Doris Day to a new generation of listeners. This is the fourth album in here career and arguably, the most cheerful. Normal as Blueberry Pie lacks the sarcastic punch of her previous albums but its beautiful arrangements and her unique and uncluttered voice still permeates throughout.

Nellie's cover of the "Black Hills of Dakota" a song from Calamity Jane, particularly piqued my interest. She wonderfully romanticized the song with the accompaniment of a beating tom tom and a flute that fluttered away as she sang. Compared to Doris Day's version in the film, it stands out on its own instead of mimicking Ms. Day. Backed by a 5-piece band, Nellie covered most of the album and ended with a crowd favorite "I Wanna Get Married."

If you missed her at the Allen Room, you can see her at her two-week residency in June at Feinstein's. Tickets are on sale for 14 shows (June 1st - 12th). Before that she'll be touring a few cities. All dates, a video of Kirk Douglas and Doris Day performing the "Very Thought of You" which is the first song on Nellie's album, and more pictures from the Allen Room show, below...

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Nellie Mckay - 2010 Tour Dates
3/29/2010 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
3/31/2010 Portland, OR Berbati's
4/3/2010 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
4/10/2010 Delaware Water Gap, PA Deerhead Inn
6/1 - 6/12 -- Feinstein's (residency), NY, NY

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Comments (21)

tickets for the feinstein's shows are SO expensive. prohibitively expensive. oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:53 AM

I saw Nelly at Le Poisson Rouge, she's really great live, and charismatic and funny.

Posted by iamtheangel.com | February 22, 2010 11:27 AM

post dirty projectors please (with gawkerazzi pix of fred armisen, andy samberg, & andy samberg's hot girlfriend, & whoever else was there)

& whether the show was videotaped so those of us who could only watch from columbus circle might 1 day be able 2 c what the fuck it was like from the INDOORS side, the one with faces, & sound

plus whether they actually played the fashion week party @alisonbrie tweeted about

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:33 AM

^
Please repost & resubmit that inquiry in the Queen's English. Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 11:58 AM

This was such a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 12:48 PM

Great photos. She's so photogenic... some of my shots from her Seattle 2009 show are my favorites ever (check out my homepage if you want to find them, as hotlinking in comments seems to get you marked as spam).

I'm excited about her Portland gig. Berbati's is a dump, but I be there regardless.

~Dan

Posted by POSTY McPOSTERTON | February 22, 2010 4:16 PM

FYI, Seattle in Apr 2010 is A Prairie Home Companion show, not a regular Nellie McKay show.

~Dan

Posted by POSTY McPOSTERTON | February 22, 2010 4:18 PM

The tickets are expensive enough, than the $40 food/beverage per person is recockoulous.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2010 10:40 PM

$88.19/person plus $40/person minimum would save a lot of stray dogs!

Just sayin'!

Posted by Freepster | February 23, 2010 9:56 AM

As a child of the '50s, I adore Nellie McKay, the best post-ironic performer since Lyle Lovett. As a longtime observer of NYC nightlife, I DO not like Feinstein's for all the above mentioned exorbitant prices (and it's high-cholesterol crowd). But let's see what she does with it. New York, New York . . .

Posted by Charles Michener | February 25, 2010 5:59 PM

She looks just like Rosemary Glooney and that voice is spot on! Good job Nelly!

Posted by Mr. Hubbell | February 27, 2010 12:17 PM

Hello,
are there any tour dates after September booked yet?

Posted by Katie Harding | March 27, 2010 1:45 PM

What a classy event.

Posted by John B | October 8, 2010 12:25 PM

... Feinstein's for all the above mentioned exorbitant prices (and it's high-cholesterol crowd). But let's see what she does with it. New York, New York

Posted by Life insurance | January 5, 2011 1:10 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 2:18 PM

This lineup happens to be very good. Pavement and Deerhunter are playing on the same day. It doesn't get much better than that.Anyone who wonders why LCD Soundsystem has the second billing has obviously not seen them live. They are probably the best band i've ever seen at a festival (Lollapalooza 2007).

Posted by لاين سبورت | January 13, 2011 10:42 AM

Looks great, I really like Nellie McKay and really look forward to see her live soon. I think she is really talented and love how she plays Doris Day. If you check on Youtube you can see some of her videos but I bet she is much better if you see her live.

Posted by Jagdwaffen | April 4, 2011 1:40 PM

Great day indeed! The allen rooms seems like a very nice place to listen to some great music. I'm very interested in learning more.

Posted by Fair Trade | April 26, 2011 3:38 PM

Merci au propriétaire du site. Nice de voir les choses nouvelles et intéressantes pour apprécier un peu la matière, vidéos, photos et articles!

Posted by Beauty salon | May 29, 2011 12:40 AM

Really impressed by the show!

Posted by IT Service Hamburg | July 30, 2011 4:54 PM

^^^ IT Service in Hamburg was really impressed with this show that happened a year and a half ago, and just thought to post those thoughts now. Wouldn't be SPAM, now would it?

Hey, wasn't Mohammed Atta from Hamburg? Are you a terrorist too?

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2011 6:12 PM

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