John Kelly: Rebel Songs of a Range Queen
With special guests...
Dudley Saunders June 16
Geo Wyeth June 30
Carol Lipnik July 7
Miguel Gutierrez July 14
Visual artist, dancer, actor and downtown cabaret artist John Kelly will be performing ‘Rebel Songs of a Range Queen’, including songs by Kurt Weill, Charles Aznavour, Mr. Bungle, Jacques Brel, Holcombe Waller, The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, Joanna Newsome, The Clash, & The Shins.
Fresh from a multiple character turn in Fassbinder’s ‘In A Year With 13 Moons’ at Yale Rep, 2013 USA Artists Award winner John Kelly returns to Joe’s Pub for a 4 performance residency, on the heels of his breakthrough debut concerts last fall (interrupted by Hurricane Sandy). ‘Rebel Songs of a Range Queen’ will display his 3-octave voice singing as a weathered, genre-traipsing punk altar boy, as the rebellious, orphaned sage. Music Director Benjamin Ickies will play accordion and piano, backed up by a brass section. Each concert will have a guest singer, including Carol Lipnik and Dudley Saunders. A portion of the proceeds will go to the ongoing Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Kelly’s flexibility as a performing artist is stunning. Golden Globe-winning actor and director James Franco said, "[Kelly] crosses into so many worlds with quiet authority and excellence." Kelly played the lead role in Franco’s film The Clerk’s Tale (Spencer Reese) in 2010. Kelly has also collaborated with John Cage and Laurie Anderson among other notable musicians, actors and artists. Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons calls John Kelly “one of my heroes.”
Kelly has created character studies based on historic figures such as Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, Antonin Artaud, Joni Mitchell, and Jean Cocteau. His work also includes dance theatre works, concerts and exhibitions of visual art and video at MOMA, the MIT List Visual Art Center, and Philadelphia’s Institute for Contemporary Art.
Kelly’s numerous awards include two Bessie Awards, two Obie Awards, a 2013 USA Artists Award, an Alpert Award, an Ethyl Eichelberger Award, and an Eliot Norton Best Actor Award. Fellowships include The Guggenheim Foundation, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the Sundance Theatre Institute, the Rome Prize in Visual Art at the American Academy in Rome, and a Residence at the Park Avenue Armory.
“John Kelly is one of my favorite performers in the whole world." -Alan Cumming