Posted in music | pictures on March 23, 2011

photos by Chris La Putt

Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay began her first night of residency at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency with a collection of songs that described the story of Barbara "Bloody Babs" Graham, a prostitute and purported murderer who was the third woman executed in California. Incidentally, the title of Nellie's show at Feinstein's is called "I Want to Live!" which is the name of the 1958 movie about Graham.

Backed by a 4-person troupe, the set started off with a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and included other covers ranging from an Irving Berlin show tune to a Beatles song, along with a smattering of Nellie's own songs in between. According to the press release she'll be changing the material with a "mix of standards and original material" from set to set, with her 10:30 PM "Late Train" shows on Fridays and Saturdays exclusively featuring her own songs.

See Nellie at Feinstein's from now until April 2nd . More pictures and the setlist from the first night (3/22), below...

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Alexi David - Bass
Ben Bynum - Drums
Cary Park - Guitar
Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Saxophone

"I Want to Live!" setlist
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Swingin' On the Reservation - Wayman Carver / Chick Webb
Please - Nellie McKay
Pity the Downtrodden Landlord - Arnold Clayton / B Woolf
April Showers - Buddy DeSylva / Louis Silvers
Isn't This A Lovely Day? - irving Berlin
They Say It'S Spring - Marty Clark / Bob Haymes
Some Other Spring - Irene Kitchings / Arthur Herzog, Jr.
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
The Down Low - Nellie McKay
Call the Police - Ian Smith / Lloyd James / Noel Davey / Norval Headley
A Twinkle in Your Eye - Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart
I'm So Tired - John Lennon / Paul McCartney
There You Are In Me - Nellie McKay
Small Day Tomorrow - Fran Landesman / Bob Dorough
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life - Rida Johnson Young / Victor Herbert
Straight to the Top - Tom Waits / Greg Cohen

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Comments (47)

hummus! huk huk.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:41 AM

Why was she kicked off?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:28 AM

from the headline I also thought nellie mckay was fired.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:51 AM

all the hummus freaks will go nuts seeing this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:55 AM

note to hipsters: when you turn 30, this is the type of show you will start to attend. no more interpol or arcade fire for you.

i know it sounds painful, but it will happen

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 8:42 AM

fuck that two shows a night shit. Fuck a cabaret.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 8:57 AM

title was misleading. i thought she was fired too

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:15 AM

i thought she was fried. like the felafel i had for breakfast.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:18 AM

boring photos.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:48 AM

Poor choice of grammar. At least it is better than using the term "dropped".

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 9:50 AM

Why did she get kicked off? Did she punch a dude in the face?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 10:15 AM

This looks like hell.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:01 AM

Sarah Silvermans stepsister

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 11:34 AM

"boring photos"... LAME PHOTOS! Except the first seven shots as they are money! Two awesome shots of the marquee. LOVE the hummus shot, salivating right now!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 12:26 PM

wow, hating on la putt is just uncalled for.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 12:32 PM

she's a feminist ... how about some tittie shots at least? little pussy slip? c'mon guys, you can do better than that

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 12:36 PM

It is pity! I really like this hummus! Nellie McKay is a very talented vocalist and a wonderful person. But nevertheless, of course, I will support hummus in everything. I wish her good luck in her future project and I hope to hear from her very soon. Thanks for sharing the photos of hummus.

Posted by Hummus Writing | March 23, 2011 1:35 PM

Hummus has gone viral
Don't eat the hummus! (Why?) It's spoiled!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:38 PM

she's got kind of a horse face though, right?

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 1:51 PM

Negative comments from an anonymous person. Geez, what a surprise. Nellie is one the best songwriters of our time, man.

Posted by seang | March 23, 2011 2:18 PM

Hey Dickwad (aka "seang", whatever that is) -- unless you post your full name AND your valid email address you are anonymous too, Einstein. That is so typical for a Brooklyn hipster -- a half-assed attempt that expects a full reward. EPIC FAIL.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 2:53 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! You BV faggots deserve this. Cabaret for all you losers!

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:12 PM

Incredible show! Offbeat, experimental, fascinating!

A daring performace. You gotta love Nellie. She never plays it safe.

Posted by Jack Young | March 23, 2011 5:18 PM

never plays it safe? where's them titties, son?!?!? come on now, don't tell me that sequin number isn't right from grandma's closet.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2011 5:24 PM

Dear Chris la Putt,

I want to thank you for sharing such a breathtaking photo in this series of images. The image of the hummus is truly showcasing such amazing prowess with the camera and the negative space really is magnificent in it's highlighting the composition of the photo. If it's ok with you, and I get your approval, I would like to cut and paste this beautiful image and frame it in a Barouque style frame and hang it above my mantle.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 3:38 AM

@12.32 hating on La Putt is required for this set of photos. There is not ONE good shot here!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:33 AM

i heard 11:33 walked in on Robert Mapplethorpe's portrait session of Patti Smith and threw hummus on both of them

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 11:46 AM

11.46 are you compairing La Putt to Robert Mapplethorpe? Wow! How about fresh plate of hummus to fecal matter after eating 2 pounds of cream corn... close indeed!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:38 PM

that just doesn't make sense but thanks for playing hata http://www.blogcdn.com/www.urlesque.com/media/2010/05/haterputin.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 12:48 PM

I like how the menu specially states that it is "chickpea hummus"... It makes it sound fancier.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:04 PM

^^^
Mick Jagger

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:41 PM

actually Jimi Hendrix

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:43 PM

she's measuring her BMI.

and it don't look good!

HEY-OOOO!

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:44 PM

Why the long face, Mr. Ed?
HEHEHEHWWW

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 2:52 PM

Great, BV goes show tunes.
You guys really have lost it.
Thanks for the memories, BV.
Later

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 3:50 PM

Anytime I try to eat hummus in my real life now, I can't help but smile. When I see it in the grocery store, I actually chuckle to myself. If someone says the word hummus, I have to fight to keep a straight face. When I walk past Hummus Kitchen or Nanoosh I guffaw. Anyone else have this problem?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 4:55 PM

you have not lived until you have received a hummer from a hummie with a mouthful of hummus. You let it dry afterwards and get all cakey and pasty. Bonus points if you fill your own mouth with hummus too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:17 PM

Whoa Nellie .. don't walk too close behind her, she might kick you in the head.

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 5:50 PM

Good voice, eclectic choice of songs, great dancer, lovely woman, what's not to like?

Posted by Tim | March 24, 2011 6:34 PM

ah ... besides a face like a horse?

Posted by Anonymous | March 24, 2011 6:44 PM

I would totally do her.
From behind.
horsey style.

Posted by Anonymous | March 25, 2011 4:05 PM

I saw this dude at Feinstein's last night, at the end of the set he went up to Nellie and instead of bringing her flowers he brought her a bail of hay. That was sweet I thought - she could use that. But she really only had eyes for the Chick Pea Hummus featured on the Feinstein's menu. Tell the truth, I don't blame her. They make some fine hummus there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2011 10:16 AM

did anyone remember to feed Nellie today? she needs to go out for a trot after that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 1:59 PM

She is so beautiful in so many ways. I am trying to imagine how the haters ended up on this page.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 9:03 AM

Hey no hate here - her cousin made me a ton of money on Saturday. Gotta love race day!

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2012 9:21 AM

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