Kaki King busking in a Subway station before her Mercury Lounge shows
Kaki King at MoMA in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Kaki King is about to go on a short tour that brings her to NYC for two shows (early and late) on April 25 at Mercury Lounge. For the early show, she'll be performing solo and playing her 2003 debut, Everybody Loves You, in full, and the late show will be a full band show. Tickets for both shows and full night passes are still available.
But even sooner than that, Kaki will celebrate her roots by busking at the 6th Ave & 14th St Subway station on the downtown F line on 3 PM this Saturday (4/20). If for whatever reason the location changes, she will tweet the new spot.
Kaki also recently posted a letter to her facebook about the upcoming Mercury Lounge shows, which is not only where she's celebrating the 10th anniversary of Everybody Loves You, but also where she did the original CD release party for it back in 2002. Kaki also worked there as a waitress that same year. Read the whole letter, along with the list of remaining tour dates, below...
While I'm still very busy, I wanted to make mention of the special shows I'll be doing in the Northeastern US at the end of April. As advertised, I'll be playing my entire first album, Everybody Loves You, from beginning to end. I'll be throwing in a lot of additional material from all of the albums that I've made since, so start telling me your favorites now for me re-learn. And in very exciting news, I'll be playing a full show with a band in New York. This will be the second show of the night at the Mercury Lounge on 4/25, and will of course feature the inimitable Dan Brantigan playing his undefinable synth-trumpet-sound machine called the EVI. Please come ready to rock. Tickets for a double-header that night are available in a package deal.
It's great to be playing the good old Merc again. I worked there as a waitress in 2002 and had the cd 'release' party for the original version of Everybody Loves You there in April of that year. I had only made the cd after repeated requests from people who stopped to listen to me in the subway. The record truly had a life of it's own from that day on, and I soon found myself playing at another NYC club where I met the guys who started Velour Music, who would manage me and release 4 of my 6 albums. That was just the very beginning of a career that has taken me all across the globe, lifted me up to unbelievable heights, exhausted me to the core, and taught me everything I know to be true about myself. I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything, and I look forward to decades and decades more of making music.
Playing guitar means that I'm a lifelong student of a craft that I will never master. It's humbling, challenging, and exciting every single day, every single show. No matter how many times I've played the same piece of music something brand new is revealed to me--about the song, or about myself. I'm very excited to return to the place where it all started, and see what new things I can find. Hope you'll join me on these special dates. Thank you.
Kaki King -- 2013 Tour Dates
APR 20 6th Ave & 14th St F Stop (busking)
APR 24 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
APR 25 Mercury Lounge New York, NY (early and late)
APR 28 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
APR 29 Howard Theatre Washington, DC
MAY 2 Centro Cultural de Belém Lisboa, Portugal
MAY 3 Centro Cultural e de Congressos Rainha, Portugal
MAY 4 Teatro Municipal de Portimão Portimão, Portugal
MAY 7 Akbank Sanat Beyoglu Istanbul, Turkey