Bushwick Book Club performs songs inspired by Justin Vivian Bond's Tango


Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in Heels serves as the inspiration for the original songs that the Bushwick Book Club performers will debut at the Bureau on Thursday, February 28, at 8 PM.

The Bushwick Book Club is a series of new music inspired by literature. Each month, local songwriters plumb the depths and scrape the ends of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song. All songs are then displayed, spread wide, in one hour. It’s an hour-long orgy of book-related songs and book-inspired food and drink. If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, I don’t want to know you, you sick, sick bastard.

Confirmed performers for this event: Susan Hwang, Ellia Bisker, Natti Vogel, and Dan Fishback. Other performers will be announced when confirmed.

SUSAN HWANG is a New York performer, musician and songwriter. She performs her original music as a solo artist as well as with her band The Relastics. She’s also one third of New York’s favorite accordion/cello/bari-ukelele power trio, The Debutante Hour. Susan founded, curates and hosts The Bushwick Book Club – a monthly series of new music inspired by literature. For more information and performance calendar, visit susanhwanglalala.com.

Ellia Bisker is a songwriter who fronts the indie-rock-meets-cabaret band Sweet Soubrette and performs in the duo Charming Disaster. She also sings backup with Stacy Rock, co-hosts the Super Fun Variety Show (coming up at the Living Theatre on Feb 24), and works behind the scenes at the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. She is currently working on Sweet Soubrette’s third album, and is writing or recording a new song every day this month for Fun-A-Day.

Natti Vogel – Combining “the swagger of Jim Morrison with the honky-tonk piano of an old-timey saloon” (WeLiveInBeijing.com), 25-year-old “indie rock fusion virtuoso” (New York Press) Natti Vogel is not above “throwing your own overpriced cosmopolitan in your face from behind his piano” (the Onion). Possible side effects include re-evaluation of music and your self (“Natti Vogel is an artist who can transform you” – Diane Taha of Associated Content, “Natti Vogel and his band do a wild part-vaudeville, part-pop, part-classical act that made me think about what music does” -the Brothers Frank).

Dan Fishback's major theatrical works include The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place. Time Out New York called The Material World "the best downtown musical" in years, and named it one of the top ten plays of 2013. Fishback curates and hosts the queer theater series La MaMa's SQUIRTS. As a singer-songwriter, and with his band Cheese On Bread, he has toured internationally and released five albums, including his latest, The Mammal Years (2012). Fishback is currently an artist-in-residence at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
  • Thursday Feb 28, 2013
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