Entries tagged with: Rufus Wainwright
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....
Rufus Wainwright in drag @ Gramercy Theatre, NYC June 5, 2007 (CRED)
Rufus Wainwright, prodigy of the prodigious McGarrigle/Wainwright Clan, played the newly reopened Gramercy Theatre, which he claims is a stumbling distance of only two blocks from his own house. Ever the family man, he brought his cousin Lucy along for the ride. In the audience were Maggie Gyllenhaal and designer Betsey Johnson, plus guest vocalist, Justin Bond of Kiki & Herb Fame. [tixgirl]Rufus has three more shows at the Gramercy this week, then a private magazine show somewhere in the city, and then Summerstage and other tour dates.
DOWNLOAD: Rufus Wainwright - The Origin of Love (Hedwig cover) (MP3)
Rufus Wainwright is performing (and signing) tonight (May 16) for free at 7 pm at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Rufus' four upcoming Gramercy Theatre shows are sold out. Rufus' headlining show at Central Park Summerstage on August 19th goes on sale this Sunday @ Noon. A Fine Frenzy and The Magic Numbers (who recently played Hiro Ballroom and were spotted at Bjork's Apollo Theatre show) are opening that show. For the latest Rufus tour dates, check his site.
Rhino releases Genesis: Genesis 1976-1982, a box set, this week, including the remastered Abacab, And Then There Were Three, Duke, A Trick of the Tail, and Wind & Wuthering, complete with bonus DVD discs.
Among other releases, I can recommend Rufus Wainwright's most political effort yet, Release The Stars, YACHT's I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, Utah Carol's Rodeo Queen, Great Northern's Trading Twilight for Daylight, Efterklang's Under Giant Trees, and Au Revoir Simone's The Bird of Music, and am looking forward to sampling many more of this week's releases (list below).
What new releases are you picking up this week? What can you recommend (or warn against)?
Dave Hill, Rufus Wainwright & Dick Cavett @ UCB - Apr 19, 2007
Last night's show was pretty surreal. I knew Dave Hill was having Rufus as a guest, and I kind of knew he was having Dick Cavett - but it didn't really register...."Dick Cavett"...OK, sure, whatever. Then, after performing a death-defying magic trick (aka escaping from a cardboard box), Dave introduced his first guest, and low-and-behold, Dick Fuking Cavett (no pun intended) walks out and proceeds to teach us how to do the moon walk....
"The Dave Hill Explosion" is basically a talk show - Dave Hill is the host (aka the Dick Cavett). Past guests have included Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Moby, Cowboy Randy Jones from The Village people, Martha Plimpton, Fred Armisen, Walter Schreifels, Sandra Bernhard, Joan Wasser, Lecy Goranson, Khrystyne Haje, Joe Franklin, Sam Bisbee, and Dean and Britta (Luna).
Last night Rufus Wainwright was the first guest to come back for a second time. Rufus sang two songs including my favorite from his new (not yet released) album. The song is called "Going to a Town". It was amazing and funny - Rufus sang to a backing track coming out of an iPod - backup singers included. He said he felt like he was on public access TV, and had never done anything like that before. Rufus is also really funny.
Dave played some videos, Dave escaped from the box, there was a "midget" (Little Michael Jackson), Dave talked to Dick, Dick talked to Dave, Dick talked to us, Dick talked, Dick talked, Rufus sang, Rufus sang to Dick, Rufus talked to Dick, Dick talked to Rufus, Dick and Rufus hugged, Dave sometimes got a word in, there was lots of laughing, Dave sang a song to Dick and Rufus, Phil sang backup vocals.... I never wanted the show to end. Eventually it had to - it was already like 2 hours and cutting into the late-late show.
More pics below....
DOWNLOAD: Rufus Wainwright - Going To A Town w/ narration (MP3)
"Rufus Wainwright will release his fifth album, Release the Stars, on Geffen on May 15."
See Rufus and his new band perform in NYC and LA in support of 'Release the Stars'There should be a presale (here?) soon. All tour dates below....
Rufus will be in Los Angeles on May 1 at the El Rey Theater with Teddy Thompson opening. He will also begin a four show New York City residency on Tuesday June 5, 2007. The shows will be held at the newly refurbished Gramercy Theater.
The opening acts for NYC will include: Lucy Wainwright Roche (6/5) Joan as Police Woman (6/6), Teddy Thompson (6/8), and Jason Hart (6/9).