The fourth in her series of mostly humorous CDs, Interstellar Pirate Queen is a collection of tunes ranging from the ancient shallow seas of the Paleozoic to the stupendous potential for space pirate exploitation of outer space. It also includes an ode to couch potatoedom (My Sweet TV) and various current events (Rude Jogger, Not About Zombies, Prove Me Wrong). Marilyn's band will be along to compound and amplify the merriment. Doors open and potluck begins at 6:00 PM, and the show starts at 7:00. $10 suggested donation (includes a copy of the CD), but no one will be turned away.
I'll be playing jazz piano and singing, accompanied by the phenomenal Mark Nelms on bass. (This is Morris Nelm's usual gig, and I'm honored to get to sub for him now and then. You should go hear him too!) I recommend the Cherries Jubilee.
Come hear the fabulous Studebakers play at New World Deli on Friday, May 25th. Show starts at seven. Mulitple harmony parts spun from the Great American Songbook!
At St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since then, she has achieved phenomenal commercial success while continuing to write songs that are notably succinct and understated. Often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. April 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of her remarkable and influential album “Solitude Standing,” and many of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters will pay homage by performing some of their – and your – favorite Vega compositions. Jean Synodinos, Marilyn Rucker, Jan Seides, Christy Claxton, and Sue Young are confirmed to perform, and others may be added. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Open Ears Concerts series.
Sounds Like: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie (April 28, 1924 – February 7, 2009), Tom Lehrer, Ray Charles
Label: Furry Gecko Records
Manager: Marilyn Rucker Norrod
Bio: Marilyn Rucker, also known as “The Wicked Wit of the West”, sizzles on the piano and sings a mean song. Not mean spirited, mind you, but the lyrics are far darker and more satirical than you might expect.
Dr. Demento has featured many of her songs on his radio show and his infamous Basement Tape...See Full Bio
“That's Marilyn Rucker, formally of Therapy Sisters, whose sly humor ("Spoiled Rotten White Girl Clues") and lit-referenced lyrics ("Canterbury Rap," "Cassandra") made the group the feminine version of the Austin Lounge Lizards. On her new solo disk, Everybody's Somebody Else's Weirdo (Furry Gecko), Rucker keeps up the tradition with songs like "Grandma Show Us Your Tattoos." Unlike many songwriters, Rucker knows when to rein in a song: in the Tom Lehrer tradition, most are under three minutes. Weirdo's a prize that will likely fly right under the radar.”