Entries tagged with: Rufus Wainwright
words & photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
At the City Winery last week (3/4), Rufus Wainwright put together an acoustic, unamplified show lit only by candle light to promote BlackoutSabbath, a kind of grass roots conservation thing inspired by the improvisational adaptation of New Yorkers during the Great Blackout of years past.
Ironically, the only low point of the evening was when two hoped-up Obama campaigners went on a bit too long about 'change'. Otherwise the music was excellent - intimate, warm and playful.
The gang included Rufus, Aunt Sloan, Lucy Wainwright-Roche, David Byrne (who brought along current tour-mates Mark De Gli Antoni and Mauro Refosco), Jenni Muldaur (also on tour with Byrne), Janeane Garofalo (comedy bit/rant) and Teddy Thompson. As Rufus put it in the beginning, it was "like a campfire sing-a-long".
Some of the highlights included a group effort on the Roger Miller classic "King of the Road", Teddy Thompson covering ABBA's "Super Trooper" (which as he pointed out is an ode to an electric spotlight), David Byrne singing Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass", Rufus doing a solo guitar performance of "Beautiful Child" (with the audience filling in the chromatic rise and fall) plus an encore of "Hallelujah" with Rufus on piano.
Rufus played a benefit at Highline Ballroom one day earlier. David Byrne headlined two nights at Radio City Music Hall less than a week earlier, and has another show coming up at the NJ venue Rufus and Lucy played in mid-February. More BlackoutSabbath pictures below...
The Rock-It Science Festival will bring together eight outstanding--and noted--scientists and academics who share a second career as musicians, along with six additional performers with international exposure and a great appreciation for science.Dee Snider is also on the bill. $25.00 tickets are on sale.
Dr. Joseph LeDoux conceived the idea for this unique event, which serves as the closing event for the Sensation to Emotion Conference on March 2 and 3. LeDoux is a professor of neuroscience at New York University who not only has pioneered study of the brain's mechanisms for emotion and memory and is the author of The Emotional Brain and The Synaptic Self, but is also guitarist and lead vocalists of rock band The Amygdaloids, who will be performing at Rock-It Science. The Amygdaloids line-up also includes three other NYU scientists: neuroscientist Daniela Schiller, PhD candidate Nina Galbraith Curley, and Environmental Sciences professor and author Tyler Volk.
The Rock-It Science Festival will start rockin' at 6:30 p.m. on March 3 at the Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street in New York. Australian Go-Go dancer and variety show star Anna Copa Cabanna will emcee the event, promising an interesting and humorous evening. Rufus Wainwright will highlight an evening that will also include musician, writer and record producer Lenny Kaye, who is the long-time collaborator of poet-rocker Patti Smith.
Other guest artists at Rock-It Science include Grammy-nominated songwriter and international recording artist Gary Lucas, and Peter Holsapple, an acclaimed musician, songwriter and side man who is co-leader of the legendary dBs, and has performed extensively with R.E.M. and Hootie & The Blowfish. American folk-rock duo The Kennedys, jazz/cabaret performer Pamela Luss, acclaimed songwriter Steve Wynn (of the Dream Syndicate and the Miracle Three), and Stuart Chatwood, previously the bassist and keyboard player for platinum rock band The Tea Party, also make the Rock-It Science lineup.
The Db's are playing the R.E.M. tribute at Carnegie Hall in March.
More info on the Rock-It Science Festival below...
'War Child: Heroes' is an unprecedented collaboration between music's most heralded legends and the finest current artists.Though not out until February 24th here in the United States, "War Child: Heroes" was released in the UK on Monday (and it comes out March 3rd in Canada).
We asked 15 ultimate icons to select a favourite song from their classic back catalogue and to nominate the new act they most trust to create a unique interpretation of that hand-picked track.
This album is the result: 15 exclusive and breath-taking cover versions.
Beck (Bob Dylan - "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat")
The Kooks (The Kinks - "Victoria")
The Hold Steady (Bruce Springsteen - "Atlantic City")
Hot Chip (Joy Division - "Transmission")
Lily Allen feat. Mick Jones (The Clash - "Straight To Hell")
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (The Ramones - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker")
Franz Ferdinand (Blondie - "Call Me")
Duffy (Paul McCartney - "Live And Let Die")
Estelle (Stevie Wonder - "Superstition")
Rufus Wainwright (Brian Wilson -" Wonderful & Song For Children")
Scissor Sisters (Roxy Music - "Do The Strand")
Peaches (Iggy Pop - "Search And Destroy")
Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen - "Take This Waltz")
Elbow (U2 - "Running To Stand Still")
The Like (Elvis Costello - "You Belong To Me")
TV On The Radio (David Bowie - "Heroes")
Listen to Lily Allen and Mick Jones cover the Clash, and other videos, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"For Rufus Wainwright, being gay can be a bit of a distraction.Lucy Wainwright Roche opened for her brother Rufus at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Friday night, the 13th of February. They both play again, with no electricity, on March 4th at City Winery with Sean Lennon who was recently added to the Blackoutsabbath bill.
Wainwright, who has been open about his homosexuality since the release of his eponymous debut album in 1998, acknowledges that he isn't the only gay pop star, but believes he is the first to begin his career totally out of the closet.
Though his personal life has resulted in tons of press in the past decade, it has also been a liability, Wainwright told The Times.
"It's an exciting prospect, and always has been, but on the other hand, you know, it has diminished at times my success," he said. "But I can't really - there's no sort of skirting the issue, because it is just a plain fact."" [The Montclair Times]
More pictures from NJ below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"One of the most important voices of the last decade, Rufus Wainwright is spearheading a grassroots energy conservation initiative to help save the planet and its environment. Wainwright is suggesting that people turn off all electricity and refrain from all energy expending activities that could harm the environment for twelve hours on June 21, 2009 (noon to midnight). He's dubbed the no energy day Blackoutsabbath.Last year's Blackoutsabbath concert took place at Angel Orensanz on the Lower East Side. You can see what this year's venue looks like from the set of pictures we took when Steve Earle played there. Speaking of Steve Earle, his latest NYC show was at Carnegie Hall this week.
To raise awareness for Blackoutsabbath, a concert billed as Rufus Wainwright, Family and Friends will take place on March 4th at City Winery on Varick St. in New York City. The show will be staged and performed completely without electricity. Scheduled to appeared to appear with Wainwright for this second annual event will be Teddy Thompson, Jenni Muldaur, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Sloan Wainwright with others to be announced.
Blackoutsabbath was partially inspired by Rufus' love of New York's blackout of 2003 which Wainwright says he found, "incredibly invigorating, spiritual and practical at the same time: we all had to pay attention to each other!" He also feels action must be taken. "Basically, all the money in the world can't really solve this problem. In fact, I think it only makes things worse. It has to be a grassroots movement!"
Tickets for the March 4th concert will be available starting Tuesday February 10th at 10 am EST at www.citywinery.com/events"
Speaking of Carnegie Hall, Rufus, Teddy Thompson and Sloan Wainwright last played together in NYC on December 10th at that very venue. It was the annual McGarrigle Christmas Hour, and Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Jimmy Fallon, Linda Thompson, Kami Thompson, Justin Bond, and Sloan Wainwright were there too.
Yet another long lost photo set continues, and all tour dates, below...
- $35.00 gets you general admission to the previously announced show.
- $65.00 gets you general admission + "complementary drinks (beer, wine & well) all night".
- $100 gets you "VIP/balcony admission plus complementary drinks (beer, wine & well) all night"
photo inside City Winery (Michael Dorf on stage) (from Eater)
In addition to a functioning winery and 21,000 square foot restaurant/event space, City Winery is also equipped with a full stage, state-of-the-art sound system and in-house A/V-making it one of the most interesting venues to ever hit Manhattan. Whether you are planning a private party, a public concert or an intimate evening of music and/or the spoken word, City Winery's stage and staff can accommodate a variety of live performances and cultural activities that will appeal to sophisticated New Yorkers, and wine connoisseurs, alike.Unfortunately, "to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming shows or classes, you must first become a Vinofile member." I don't think you need to be a member to always go there - for instance you could just be a VIP at the upcoming REM Carnegie Hall event, but I don't know. I also doubt you'll need to be a member to go to the Blackoutsabbath Rufus Wainwright show happening there on March 4th (no tickets for that yet) (for now Rufus is focused on the upcoming McGarrigle Christmas Hour show).
All known upcoming City Winery events are listed below...
The McGarrigle Christmas Hour featuring Rufus and his sister, Martha Wainwright, will be held at Carnegie Hall on December 10, 2008 and there will be some very special guests. Kate and Anna McGarrigle are thrilled to welcome Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Jimmy Fallon, Teddy, Linda, and Kami Thompson, Justin Bond, Sloan Wainwright and more! It will be a fun and festive evening with a few surprise guests stopping by.Rufus also has a show coming up in Montclair. The big Christmas flyer (for the show that is an annual tradition) is below...
Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, November 5th at 11am EST, but Rufus fans can start purchasing tickets Monday, November 3rd at 11am EST! Get your pre-sale tickets online at The Carnegie Hall Website or by calling the Carnegie Hall box office at (212) 247-7800.
A limited number of VIP packages are available by making a donation to the Kate McGarrigle Fund. These packages include premium seats, a very special opportunity to meet the performers after the show, a chance to attend an intimate taping, and wonderful gift bags. The Kate McGarrigle Fund is a not-for-profit partner of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation and the Cedars Cancer Institute, supporting cancer care and research in Montreal, Canada. For more information and VIP packages, go HERE or call toll-free, 1-877-601-4536
by Klaus Kinski
Moby, Phil, Ira & Dave
The next installment of the Dave Hill Explosion is happening at the UCB Theater on Thursday 10/16/08 at 9:30pm. Dave might want to consider moving the show to Burger King because it sure is gonna be a whopper*. His guests this week include Moby, Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools) as well as guitar hero Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Richard Buckner, the Oranges Band, Cobra Verde). Add to the mix Dave's own comedy, performance, and videos, and you've got a show so overwhelming your health may be in jeopardy. And tickets are only $5.
Doug was seen enjoying Robert Pollard's band The Boston Spaceships at the Highline Ballroom on 10/1. If you missed him there and end up missing the Explosion, fear not. You can see him and his full band at the Alphabet Lounge on 10/22 at 7:45pm and then later that night at Southpaw, also with a full band. The Southpaw show is billed as Reef Madness: The Surfrider Foundations NYC Annual Funraiser. They save our reefs. More info on that here
And in case you missed it, Moby appeared at a Rock & Rescue Benefit on October 6th at the Highline Ballroom. And in case you miss the Explosion, keep in mind that Moby's doing a DJ set at Le Royale on 10/22 as part of some CMJ Week party AND Moby's band The Little Death NYC is playing a different CMJ show at Public Assembly in Brooklyn on 10/23.
* so lame.
Video of Rufus Wainwright and Dick Cavett at a past Dave Hill Explosion below...
Rufus Wainwright @ Spiegeltent this past Tuesday (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC & @ Kutscher's
* ATP NY
* NinjaSonik @ Lit
* Ours @ Bowery Ballroom
* Santogold @ Irving Plaza
* USAISAMONSTER @ The Stone
* Burlesque @ The Bell House
* James & Squeeze @ Radio City
* Death Vessel @ Mercury Lounge
* Les Sans Culottes @ Don Hill's
* Basia Bulat @ Highline Ballroom
* Oppenheimer & Merz @ Union Hall
* Indian Jewelry @ Knitting Factorys
* Noah & the Whale @ Mercury Lounge
* Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron @ a church
* Awesome Color & Vivian Girls @ Cake Shop
* USAISAMONSTER & Eat Skull @ Dead Herring
* Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) @ Sound Fix
* Brian Jonestown Massacre & The High Dials @ MHOW
* Bouncing Souls, Greyarea & Sick of It All @ Terminal 5
photos by Chris La Putt
Thomas Bartlett (Doveman)
Martha Wainwright played Spiegelworld's Spiegeltent in NYC near the South Street Seaport last night (Sept 16). As usual, she was joined on stage by a cast of talented musicians - some friends, some relatives. Unlike usual, this show, entitled "Martha Wainwright sings Edith Piaf", was heavy on the Piaf covers. She said it was a rehearsal of sorts for a future recording. The setlist also included "Dis quand reviendras-tu?" by Barbara, a French folk song sung by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and a Josephine Baker song performed by Rufus. More pictures and the setlist below...
"Earlier that evening, one of the architects handling the restoration of the Wellmont Theater at 5 Seymour St., slated to reopen at the end of October or in early November as a live music and performance venue, also appeared before the commission.WellmontTheater.com is operational, but without any listings yet. See below for a list of some of the already-scheduled shows....
The Rosen Group, a Manhattan-based real estate development company, bought the theater about a year ago and is in the process of refurbishing it.
Michael Costantin, the architect-of-record for the project, said the building, dating to 1922, is one of the largest halls in the nation. Now that many of the remnants of the movie triplex that previously occupied the space have been removed, the view of the house from the stage is "completely awesome," Costantin told The Times. The interior is rife with ornamental plasterwork, with many of the surfaces decorated with relief sculptures.
Work crews are now in the process of transforming the floor, which angles downward toward the stage, into two tiers that descend to the orchestra level. That main floor could be rented out for banquets and other functions, or provide space for about 800 removable, reserved seats for shows, Costantin said. But, more frequently, that area will provide standing room for concerts, while about 1,000 fixed seats will be up in the balcony.
The architects had been hoping they might be able to convert one of the rooms housing an 8-foot-high cast-iron fan, among the building's original exhaust fans, into a VIP lounge, with the huge fan as its centerpiece.
The tenants of the revamped theater, who include Montclair resident and promoter Andy Feltz and the principals of the Bowery Presents, who own the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, have signed a 49-year lease for the theater. The exact dates of the first shows, and who the first acts will be, had not been established as of The Times' deadline, but the lineup was expected to be announced soon." [The Montclair Times] (thx Danielle)
Rufus Wainwright @ Highline Ballroom (more by Chris La Putt)
Rufus Wainwright is playing a benefit in Watermill, NY on August 30th. The cheapest ticket is $125. The press release and a few other tour dates below...
words & photos by Chris La Putt
Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on keys & Kate Mcgarrigle (Martha's mom)
Rufus Wainwright (Martha's brother)
Last night's show at the Highline Ballroom (July 23, 2008) had the flair of drag queen drama as Justin Bond, of Kiki and Herb fame (she's Kiki), performed a number of jazzy songs written by transvestite singers she's met along the way. Bond cooed in to the mic as he was backed by Doveman's Thomas Bartlett on piano/keyboard and a rather shiny and scantily clad guitarist.
Continuing on with the theme of sorrow and despair, Martha sang "I Wish I Were" with the simplicity and anguish of a broken heart. Slowly strumming her guitar and alone onstage with a powerful voice, she knew she had the crowd wrapped around her fingers. "I Wish I Were" is the first single of her new album that was just released a month ago. It was Doveman's last night performing with the band that also includes Living Room regular/guitarist extraordinaire Jim Campilongo, and Martha's husband Brad Albetta on bass. And speaking of family, the highlight of the evening was when Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle (i.e. Martha's mother) and Rufus (Martha's big brother) sang an encore with Martha. Ms. Wainwright ended the night with crowd favorite, "Stormy Weather." More pics below...
Loudon Wainwright III (father of Rufus and Martha) (and actor) (and also singer) is playing Highline Ballroom in NYC on September 24th and tickets are already on sale. For something much sooner, Loudon is also playing in Mount Vernon Wednesday night (and in Philly on Thursday). All tour dates below.....
Rufus Wainwright @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - Feb 14, 2008 (CRED)
Rufus Wainwright has announced an intimate performance in New York City to benefit blackoutsabbath, a new energy conservation initiative that he will spearhead.Tickets for the show at Angel Orensanz on the Lower East Side are on sale.
the first in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
Dave Hill is a great man. He's a very busy musician, comedian, actor, writer, and taste-maker. He's got his own show on Mojo called King of Miami as well as a recurring live comedy/variety/chat show in NYC called The Dave Hill Explosion. You can also catch Mr. Hill tearing his audience a new one as guitarsmith for the band Children of the Unicorn. Mr. Hill took time out of his insane schedule to give BV readers his list of the best music to come out of 2007. -Klaus
It usually takes me a couple years to realize that an album has come out, but here is some of the stuff I managed to discover in a timely fashion this year:
BLACK SABBATH, The Dio Years- No matter what someone might be talking about, if they are able to make reference to “the Dio years” at some point you know it’s got to be pretty magical. In a perfect world, “Heaven and Hell” would just blast repeatedly from loudspeakers everywhere, all the time. Also, people would carry torches.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, Release the Stars- Rufus is one of few musicians today that people will still listen to in a hundred years and stuff. Plus, he wears lederhosen on stage, which just makes everything sound better if you ask me.
HIGH ON FIRE, Death Is This Communion- There are so many hot riffs on this record that I feel like whipping my dick out or something.
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, Challengers- There are so many hot melodies on this record that I feel like whipping my dick out or something.
DOWN, Over the Under- This is not the best album by this band. Still, I think it’s important to support evil (and heavy riffs played by men with beards while wearing black sleeveless T-shirts) in all its forms, so I’m standing behind this one.
This year make Rufus your Valentine by joining him for a very special February 14th show at the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City! Sean Lennon will be opening and Rufus will be performing with his band. This will be the last band show on the Release the Stars World Tour.Rufus is also playing Highline Ballroom on December 19th and the State Theater in New Brunswick on January 12th. "Rufus does Judy" is also out now.
From Friday, December 7 at 10AM Eastern Standard Time to Thursday, December 13 at 10PM Eastern Standard Time pre-sale tickets will be available here. Use the password "ROSES" to buy tickets before the public on-sale.
After looking at this week's music release list (and previewing the upcoming releases through the end of 2007), I don't feel bad about releasing my favorite album list of the year later today.
Are you picking up any new releases this week? Have I left any noteworthy albums off the list?
Kiki & Herb return to Carnegie Hall on December 12th. Tickets are on sale. They're calling it "The Second Coming: A Christmas Concert". The first coming was back in 2004, was released as a CD, and featured a guest appearance by Rufus Waiwright. The song they sang together was "Those Were The Days", and you can stream it at their MySpace.
Rufus Waiwright's own recent Carnegie Hall shows are also now out on CD & DVD, and you can watch a video from that DVD, below.....
The Plimpton-Wainwright-Hill connection surfaces again....:
Lucy Wainwright Roche Birthday Party with special guests:Lucy is also the opener at Rufus's upcoming New Brunswick show, and tickets are now on sale for the Wainwright-related December 19th benefit at Highline Ballroom.
Loudon Wainwright, Dave Hill, David Rakoff, Martha Plimpton and more TBA!
@ Joe's Pub in NYC on December 16, 2007
Teddy Thompson & Friends Christmas Show *A benefit concert for SaveDarfur.org* @ Highline Ballroom, NYC$35 tickets go on sale Monday November 12th @ noon. Don't expect a full performance by Rufus with that many people on the bill, but Wainwright family holidy events are always fun (not to mention all the other talented artists you'll get to hear).
December 19,2007 - Featuring performances by Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Kamila Thompson, Jenni Muldaur, Sonya Kitchell, Neal Casal, Tift Merritt, Christina Courtin & surprise guests
For a full Rufus show in the NYC-area, check Rufus out when he headlines the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ on January 12th.
And good news for all of us who never got a chance to see Rufus perform Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall...
The first night of the two-night stint at NYC ’s Carnegie Hall will now be released as the CD Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall on December 4th. The same performance at the London Palladium (February 25, 2007) makes up the DVD Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! Live at the London Palladium (out also on December 4th). In addition to the New York City and London shows, Wainwright also performed Garland’s Carnagie Hall concert at the Olympia in Paris, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.[mog]All tour dates (and the CD tracklist) below ...
Going to a Town to see Rufus? Want to perform with him LIVE ONSTAGE? Rufus will select a special guest each night on his World Tour 2007 to perform the spoken word part from ‘Between My Legs.' Join the list of guests alongside Dawn French, Sian Philips, Kate McGarrigle, Frances de la Tour, Jorn and Jake Gyllenhaal to have joined Rufus onstage in this very exciting moment in the show. Go to Rufus Wainwright Tour Auditions on You Tube and post your best rendition of the spoken word part (only!) from ‘Between My Legs’ and you could be selected to meet and perform with Rufus in your town. You must already have a ticket to the show. Entries must be posted no less than five days prior to the show. No band members or their families are eligible.The NYC Show is this Sunday August 19th @ Central Park Summerstage:
Please post your videos here (60 seconds or less). In order to be considered for this contest you must send your full name, email address, name of your YouTube video (think of a unique name!) and link to the video, and which show you will be attending to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
5:50PM A Fine FrenzyAnd for something a little more punk rock, Les Savy Fav wants our help (again). This time to make a video
6:35PM The Magic Numbers
7:35PM Rufus Wainwright
INSTRUCTIONS:LSF have three upcoming NYC shows. More below....
1. Download “The Equestrian” HERE (mp3)
2. Create your video
3. Post it to YOUTUBE with the keywords "LSF:LSF live video contest"
4. Email email@example.com with the subject "LSF:LSF live video contest". Be sure to include your name, contact info and a link to your YouTube submission.
5. THE VIDEO WITH THE HIGHEST RATING/MOST VIEWS BY SEPTEMBER 18th WINS $1000 and a TROPHY!
I was waiting for them to pick him up....