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Lapis Luna Vintage Jazz & Classic Swing Music

Lapis Luna brings you the captivating jazz of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with a classic glittering sound. Standards, enchanting ballads, obscure swing-era gems, and vintage melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic, and cool.

The Lapis Luna Quartet is in an open run on Thursday evenings from 9pm to Midnight in the Plaza Hotel's Rose Club on Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. There is no cover, but there are marvelous drinks and champagne — of course!

The band is Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, and Brian Floody on drums and percussion.

New York Magazine has identified Lapis Luna as an 'Ultimate New York City Wedding' band choice for four years running, and accordingly they were the wedding band for Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Geoffrey Arrend's (500 Days of Summer) nuptial celebration. Lapis Luna has also recently been featured as the swing band in the ad campaign for Kate Spade's new fragrance 'Twirl.'

In addition to their open engagement at the historic Plaza Hotel, Lapis Luna has other exciting performances in the city this spring, including:

Friday, May 20, 2011, 7:30pm to 9:30pm with the Lapis Luna Six. Smalls, 183 W. 10 Street at Seventh Avenue. A concert at one of the best jazz clubs in New York City. $20 at the door. Begin your evening in the sweetest, swinging way.

For more information on Lapis Luna, including full schedule, song list, and videos, please go to www.lapisluna.com or their Facebook page.

Have Yourself a Fabulous Swingin' Holiday Season with "Christmas With The Puppini Sisters"!

Swingin’ and rockin’, sexy and eccentric have never before described a Christmas album--until now.  Then again, there has never before been an artist who claims both The Andrews Sisters and The Smiths as influences.  Holiday music finally puts on red lipstick, slips into a silky cleavage-celebrating ballgown, and goes gorgeous and glamorous with Christmas With The Puppini Sisters (Verve), released October 5, 2010.
A female vocal trio featuring ‘40s-style close harmony, backed by a fearless jazz threesome, the retro-futuristic Puppini Sisters put their signature sequined stamp on timeless songs of the season for the sensational group’s third album.  From a scorching cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” hyperspeed “Step Into Christmas,” oh-so-sexy “Santa Baby,” cabaret “Here Comes Santa Claus” and lilting “Last Christmas” to a weirdly wonderful “White Christmas,” scat-filled “Let It Snow,” ukulele oozing “Mele Kalilimaka,” uber-trad “Winter Wonderland” and divine “O Holy Night,” the Puppini Sisters (no, they’re not really sisters, that would be so on-the-nose) deliver original twists rather than nostalgic flashbacks.
Whether imaginatively reworking standards such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and recent pop such as Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” or introducing new songs, the classically-trained London-based trio first captured the hearts of fans around the world with their international gold 2007 debut Betcha Bottom Dollar (#2 on the U.S. Jazz chart) and 2008’s The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo (#5 on the U.S. Jazz chart).
Brunette Marcella Puppini, a former assistant to fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, had dreamed of becoming opera’s next star.  Redhead Stephanie O’Brien began in music as a maverick of the classical world but found her niche playing gypsy jazz violin, South American harp and singing.  Blonde Kate Mullins, well, she sings like an angel and swears like a sailor.  The vocalists/multi-instrumentalists met in 2004 at London’s Trinity College of Music while pursuing Jazz Performance and Composition degrees.  Offered a gig at an outrageous gay nightclub, they jumped at the chance to perform.  Marcella, who gave the band her name, worked out a hasty arrangement of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” inspired by ‘40s swing and jazz.  The crowd adored their stunning vocals and cocktail hour charisma.
Since then, along with releasing several singles and two albums, they have performed at the Glastonbury festival and on an American stadium tour supporting Cyndi Lauper; been heard on TV series in the U.K. and the U.S., including “Grey’s Anatomy”; and been in constant demand as guest performers at notable entertainment and fashion events across the globe.  Even Prince Charles personally told them he thought they were “splendid” (seriously, we could not make that up).
The Puppini Sisters may have started out retro but they have become true originals.  With Christmas With The Puppini Sisters, holiday music never sounded so fresh and new.

Kate Nash "My Best Friend Is You" Out Today!

Chart toping Brit singer Kate Nash releases her sophomore album, My Best Friend Is You, today on Fiction/Geffen Records. The album was produced by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and recorded at RAK studios in the UK. First single “Do Wah Doo” is making a splash at radio in the U.K. and will be heard stateside soon. The video for “Do Wah Doo” can be seen now.
Kate will kick off a headlining tour starting April 26th in Toronto, Ontario at the Mod Theatre (see below for complete tour routing). SUPERCUTE! will be support on all dates. Kate had just turned 20 in August 2007 when her debut album Made of Bricks was released in the UK two months ahead of schedule due to public demand. In the summer of 2006 she was a MySpace phenomenon before she even had a record deal; 2,000 copies of her debut single, “Caroline's a Victim,” sold out upon release in February 2007; by April she had signed to Fiction Records; two months later “Foundations” reached number two in the singles chart; by August she was celebrating a number one album in the UK and in January 2008 Geffen Records released Made of Bricks to critical praise in the U.S. Kate was honored with a Brit Award, NME Award, Q Award, UK VMA, Vodafone Music Award and more and has sold over 1 million units worldwide.

KATE CLINTON IT'S COME TO THIS! 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Kate Clinton will be in Denver- for the Grateful Web

Beloved political humorist Kate Clinton cuts loose and runs with the burning issues of the day - same and same-old-sex marriage, pop and pope culture, good and bad Bush fatigue - in this one-funny woman, stand up performance.  You'll laugh 'til you think!

Friday, April 6th @ 7:30pm
Gothic Theatre
3263 South Broadway, Englewood
Tickets $25.00 GA
$75.00 VIP - includes artist meet and greet after the show (proceeds to benefit NCLR)
18+ Welcome
Please visit www.ticketweb.com for more information
Ticket Outlets - Boulder: Word is Out Books, Bart's CD Cellar
and Boulder Theater Box Office 
Denver : All Independent Records Stores, Twist & Shout, and Gothic Theatre Box Office
Ft.  Collins : ABCD's
Produced by Maven Productions

This year Kate Clinton celebrates her 25th Anniversary with a 50 city tour across the United States and Canada.  IT'S COME TO THIS!  Tour is being sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, The Advocate, Air America Radio and PlanetOut Inc.  Kate will be celebrating all those laughs, those first dates and those comings out with a special show that also honors 25 years of community building.

  
So where do Lily Tomlin, Melissa Etheridge, Billie Jean King and Eve Ensler play a part in this celebration?  Along with 28 other celebrities, they have put together an amazing video production that will be part of the show; a video no one will want to miss....

From lesbian-separatist coffeehouses to mainstream concert halls, from production collectives to event planners, from patchouli to professionalism, from invisibility to undeniable visibility - you too have been part of that movement.

Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer.  With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals.  She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.

For more information check out www.kateclinton.com