May 2007

We’re jumping into May with two NYC shows and as we enjoy our seventh year as a family – a greatest hits release. – “Never Been Kissed: The Groidest Shiznits 1999-2006”

Never Been Kissed is our version of a greatest hits album, even if you’ve never heard a lick from our seemingly bottomless well of output. This is only Vol One — A gentle nudge into our Rhythm & Noise Abyss…” (Greg Tate)

Eclectic and experimental, yet taut and surefooted, it’s a delicate and wonderfully realized balancing act embracing jazz, hiphop, soul, rock and blues that never loses grip of it’s groove”
Dave Stelfox – The Wire- April 2007.
(If you can find a copy pick up this issue for reviews of “Never Been Kissed” and “Chopped and Screwed”)

Find the CD at these fine retailers… (offered for a limited time as a gift with Burnt Sugar purchases -as well as sold individually.)
Friday, May 4, 2007
Zebulon Cafe Concert
258 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg
(between Metropolitan and North 3rd St.)
Brooklyn, New York 11211
No Cover (donations accepted)
Tuesday, May 10, 2007
Late Night
at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
( between East 4th and Astor Place)
Manhattan – NYC, New York 10003
Cost : $15.00
Bring your ticket stub from a preview performance of
The Public Theater’s Passing Strange
and purchase tickets for the discounted price of

We’re thrilled to be a part of this event – here’s an explanation from Bill Bragin..
” As we were planning the run of Passing Strange,  we wanted to have at least one show that will REALLY feel like a concert as much as a stage piece, so for one night only – Thursday, May 10 –  we’ll be offering a performance at a more rock showtime – 9:30 pm, at Joe’s Pub prices –  just $20…AND –  as if that weren’t enough – plying you with food and booze beforehand at a reception down the block at Chinatown Brasserie (the old Fez/Time Cafe location).  We can thank the Late Nite Committee of the Public Theater for helping to make this a reality, since they are also selling premium priced benefit tix for the same performance.

These tix will probably go pretty fast, so act right away, and feel free to send this offer to some friends, especially those night owls, and price-sensitive folks among ya.  And remember $25 preview tix, $35 discounts for-later-in-the-run-offers still stand, and $20 rush tickets are available at the door for every show, while supplies last.

And if that wasn’t enough, Burnt Sugar, the epic Black Rock Arkestra conducted by Greg Tate will play at Joe’s Pub at 11:30, and we’re offering $10 tix to anyone with a stub from any performance of Passing Strange. Info on that below too.

The first performance is next Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm.  I’m really excited, and hope to see many of you there.”
And a bit about “Passing Strange”..
From Los Angeles to Amsterdam to Berlin and back, PASSING STRANGE takes musical theater on a whole new trip. From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes PASSING STRANGE, a daring new musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew, a popular performer at Joe’s Pub, was commissioned by The Public to develop this moving and hilarious story of a young black bohemian in search of self and home.