Archives for December 2013

Just One Angel

Just One Angel

$20 Cover & a 2 Drink Minimum

NYC singer-songwriter Christine Lavin and Seattle super-harmony trio Uncle Bonsai share an equally angelic and wicked sense of reality when it comes to the holidays, particularly on behalf of us wayfarers on thin emotional ground for most of the season. The Just One Angel Holidays on Thin Ice concert tour is their exuberant celebration of selections from their individual repertoires alongside new holiday songs. Christine charms one and all with “Christmas 1899” and “New, New, New Year”: Uncle Bonsai signs the album’s namesake, “Just One Angel”, the untimely “Christmas is Just Around the Corner,” and the surreal “Seasonal Work”.

CHRISTINE LAVIN is a NYC singer-songwriter, guitarist and recording artist whose concerts are a fixture in folk-pop culture. Christine performs all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and often hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship. Her awards include The NYC Nightlife Award, The ASCAP Foundation Award, two New York Music Awards, seven ASCAP Composer Awards, The World Folk Music Association’s Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and a Backstage Bistro Award for New York City Singer-Songwriter of the Year. Performing Songwriter Magazine includes her in it’s list of the “TOP 100 Most Influential Artists.”

“Christine Lavin is wildly entertaining.”
— The New Yorker

“When the ‘institution’ known as Christine Lavin is in concert — the standing room only crowd is treated to the unique experience.”
— Boston Broadway

Seattle super-harmonizers UNCLE BONSAI are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. With three strong voices and a guitar, Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal relay of intricate harmony. The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider. Their densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, jobs for America, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and holidays with family. A little like Stephen Sondheim linking arms with Tom Lehrer with harmonies by the Beatles. Or a little like Zappa in therapy with Peter, Paul and Mary. Uncle Bonsai’s recent releases include The Grim Parade (2010) and a bedtime book/CD for grown-ups, “Monsters in the Closet / Go to Sleep” — two tauntingly twisted tales for tormented parents (2013). A new recording is in the works for spring, 2014.

“Singers Ratshin, O’Neill and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. And if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it. The trio officially bills itself as a “folk” outfit, but has none of the naiveté that label might suggest. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups.”
— Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

“The group has achieved an almost cult status…their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad. And despite the folk tag, their music defies categorization as it incorporates elements of jazz, pop, Broadway, reggae, and classical.”
— Associated Press