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Nellie McKay
Fri Oct 29, 7:30-9:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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What does one make of Nellie McKay? She is, simply, brilliant, intensely independent, and truly satisfying as an entertainer. Hers was a "don't miss" night when she first appeared at The Shedd in 2007. It will be another don't miss night for this, her second appearance on Friday, October 29th at Jaqua Concert Hall, the 5th stop on her 9-stop tour in support of her newest CD, Home Sweet Mobile Home (Verve, September 28, 2010). Since the release of Get Away From Me in 2004, McKay (pronounced Ma-Kai) has been…well, her very interesting self. Our responsibility is to get her to Eugene as often as we can. Your responsibility to yourself is to come.
"Home Sweet Mobile Home is seriously fun and funny. McKay’s musical influences are all over the place, from reggae and ‘50s doo-wop to Broadway and swinging jazz to contemporary coffee house and funky New Orleans to modern rock and Caribbean styles, and everything in between. The bricolage effect removes the music from any one context into the realm of planet Nellie. She borrows from a diversity of genres to create pastiches that knowingly mock cultural and political conventions that value compliance and consistency over creativity. McKay zaps the consumerist cool kids and hipsters of the 21st century and employs humor to direct her barbs deeply into her targets: from the current state of liberty in the world to equality between the sexes, to the food we eat, to the homes we live in, and much, much more in a manner that often disguises the seriousness and depth of her genius". – Steven Horowitz, Pop Matters, September 2010
“Ms. McKay isn’t just eclectic. She is especially fond of styles currently considered un-hip, especially if they can hold plenty of lyrics, like cabaret patter songs. She rarely passes up a chance to be clever. “The Dog Song,” about adopting a pet from a pound, concludes, “That’s what it’s all a-bow-wow-wow-wowt.” And she doesn’t shy away from technical challenges. Songs from her latest album, Obligatory Villagers (Hungry Mouse), are so crammed with ideas that they sometimes turn into mini-suites. Alone at the piano, she accompanied herself with elaborate counterpoint while breezing through melodies that leaped all over the place.” — Joe Pareles, The New York Times, December, 2007
McKay's Normal as Blueberry Pie is the fourth album of a contentious career that has also included an award-winning role in Brecht-Weill's Threepenny Opera and much outspoken animal-welfare activism, a cause she shares with Doris Day. McKay is a feminist who isn't shy about using that particular F-word, a wisenheimer who's done stand-up, a prima donna who fought her label to squeeze 23 new songs onto a CD instead of just 16. In 2005, I saw her perform half a dozen non-English titles she'd composed, including 'Me Gusta Manana', about trying to go vegan in Spain. So it seems strange that her first album in two years comprises 12 Doris Day covers plus one original, and that it's jazzier than either her history or Day's would lead listeners to expect. But while Normal as Blueberry Pie wouldn't be a Nellie McKay album if it weren't a little kooky, McKay's arrangements find a graceful midpoint between her postmodern cabaret and Day's popped-up big-band singer with chops for miles. It emphasizes the purity McKay's voice shares with Day's. It, too, is uncluttered, sensual and free. – Robert Christgau, NPR All Things Considered, 2009
"Home Sweet Mobile Home is seriously fun and funny. McKay’s musical influences are all over the place, from reggae and ‘50s doo-wop to Broadway and swinging jazz to contemporary coffee house and funky New Orleans to modern rock and Caribbean styles, and everything in between. The bricolage effect removes the music from any one context into the realm of planet Nellie. She borrows from a diversity of genres to create pastiches that knowingly mock cultural and political conventions that value compliance and consistency over creativity. McKay zaps the consumerist cool kids and hipsters of the 21st century and employs humor to direct her barbs deeply into her targets: from the current state of liberty in the world to equality between the sexes, to the food we eat, to the homes we live in, and much, much more in a manner that often disguises the seriousness and depth of her genius". – Steven Horowitz, Pop Matters, September 2010
Ticket/Venue Info
Nellie McKay Ticket Prices
Seat
Level
Full
Price
Discount Prices
10%15%20%Stud.
AA34.00  30.75  29.00  27.25  17.00 
A28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
B24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  12.00 
O24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  12.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
Isler CPA
Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Presenting Festival Sponsor