July 26, 2017
Thank you to everyone who has been coming out so far to share these evenings with us. I can't tell you how meaningful it is for me to have a creative home base at my favorite venue in the city, to get to play for you there so regularly and to see so many of you show up month after month to listen. Thank you.
How can I possibly prepare you for the magnificence of my special guest this month? All the superlatives in the world won't do her justice. She is the legendary JO LAMPERT and it thrills me to no end to feature her at this show. Her indescribably fantastic voice and presence is only surpassed by her fiercely generous heart. She'll be singing a song from Twelfth Night, as well as joining us for a few old favorites we've yet to play live so far this year. A joyful noise shall be made and a harvest shall be reaped.
And here's her and I singing a Judy & Babs duet, just in case you needed extra incentive.
In other news, I'm over the moon because we've just begun rehearsals for my musical adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT at the Public Theater. I've been working nonstop on this show all year and I'm bursting at the seams to share it with you all. I truly believe that the Public Works program is changing lives and making our city a more inclusive and loving place. It's my great privilege and joy to make art with this community. Also, our cast is phenomenal, including Rebecca Naomi Jones, Darius de Haas, Ato Blankson-Wood and Joel Perez. Save the date: September 1st thru 5th, we hit the Delacorte in Central Park!
Stay tuned for exciting announcements about my fall residency shows and more!
July 8, 2017
This month, I'm featuring one of my all time favorite singers, the phenomenal Ali Stroker. You may know her from Spring Awakening or Glee and you've never heard her sing live, you are in for a dazzling experience. She's one of my dearest friends and I'm thrilled to have her join me at this show. She'll be singing a song from my Twelfth Night that has never been performed in concert and her rendition is stunning.
After these amazing six months of shows so far, our set is almost entirely new songs! But we'll be bringing back some old favorites as well. Thank you to everyone who has come out and made each of these concerts so special - let's keep it going, bring your friends!
In other news, at a time when freedom of expression of more vital than ever, I'm proud to be a part of the New York Civil Liberties Union's 15th Annual Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert on July 17th. All proceeds from the concert go to support the ACLU's crucial work defending our rights. I'll be performing my new song Huddled Masses with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The line-up is amazing and you can get your tickets here. You can also hear a clip of my song in this promo video!
June 15, 2017
Hey everybody! I'm just getting back from two beautiful weeks at SPACE on Ryder Farm working on my musical about radical suffragist Alice Paul and I can't wait to share that project with you soon. I also can't wait to play the next concert in my Joe's Pub residency coming up right up on Monday June 26th at 7PM! There's still a swath of tickets left, so go get yours while supplies last!
This month, I'm taking our live show up a notch, bringing my longtime bandmate David Melton back on stage with us. Dave's keyboard playing is revelatory and has defined songs of mine like Joyful Noise and Harvest. It's been thrilling to incorporate him into our batch of new material and I'm just bursting to share it with you! I'll also be debuting a new song called 2 Captains I co-wrote with my bandmate Mike Brun. And I just can't get enough of singing with Kate Ferber and Liana Stampur, so I'm bringing them both back. I'm also gonna play a song I haven't played live in years. All told, it's shaping up to be a really special one and I want you to be there. Thank you to Broadway World for this thoughtful write-up of my April show, and to everyone who has come out to share these evenings with us so far this year.
In other news, my beloved clowns are back, this time on the small screen! One of our final performances of OLD HATS at the Signature Theatre was filmed and recently aired on PBS! And the good news is - for the next few weeks, you can stream the whole darn thing online! That's right folks, you can watch all of OLD HATS right now right here. I don't know about you, but I could really use a laugh these days, and Bill and David never fail to make my face hurt with joy. Watch it now for some sweet and silly relief from all the madness these days.
Stay tuned for exciting updates about my adaptation of AS YOU LIKE IT happening in a few short months. I'm prouder than ever to make art at The Public Theater. We'll be at the Delacorte all summer long celebrating free expression and inclusive democracy. Thank you for your support!
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Wednesday July 19th, on sale now, featuring the sensational Ali Stroker!
May 15, 2017
Hey everybody! Can't believe we're already at show #5 of this residency! I am particularly pumped to play for you this Friday May 19th at 9:30 PM. We've got a fresh batch of new songs and arrangements and I honestly can't wait to share them with you some more. I can count the remaining available tickets on one hand, so go and get them before they're gone!
Thank you to Broadway World for this thoughtful write-up of my April show, and to everyone who came out and shared the night with us.
This month, I'm featuring a very special guest, my brilliant pal and Golden Globe Award winner Rachel Bloom. Her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the most incisive, hilarious series on TV, and I'm ecstatic that she can join me at this concert! This a photo from a music video we made of a song we co-wrote a few years ago that we may or may not be performing live together for the first time on Friday:
In other news, I'm very psyched to have been chosen for SPACE on Ryder Farm's 2017 Working Farm resident writer's group this summer to work on my Alice Paul musical. You can learn more about the amazing work SPACE does for artists and how you can support them here. And here's a beautiful graphic featuring all the artists who will be creating work there this summer!
Thank you for reading and for supporting independent music. Hope to see you Friday at the Pub!
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Monday June 26th, on sale now, featuring special guest, the one and only Jo Lampert!
April 26, 2017
Hey everybody! I'm having such a blast playing for you every month at Joe's Pub, and the fourth concert in my residency is coming right up a week from today on Friday April 28th at 9:30 PM. There's barely any seats left, so go get your tickets before it's too late!
A few exciting things about this show... I'm featuring a very special guest, my dear friend Ato Blankson-Wood. You may have seen him blow the roof off the Public Theater in The Total Bent. He was one of my first friends in the city, and he remains one of the most extraordinary performers I've ever met. He'll be singing a song of mine I've never heard anyone else perform, and his rendition is breathtaking.
I'm also debuting a new song I co-wrote with my best friend, the phenomenal Kate Ferber. She'll be there to perform it with me. It's a pretty epic anthem, but I have to admit, we didn't write the lyrics to the chorus. Those we took from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement attempting to justify his silencing of Elizabeth Warren. The guy sure knows how to write a hook.
And my 'wall of fame' cover series continues, featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang next to the Pub stage. This month, I'm paying homage to one of my heroines, Patti Smith, with a little help from Ato, Kate and my accordion.
In other news, I'm over the moon to be creating another musical Shakespeare adaptation for the Public Theater this summer for their incredible initiative, Public Works! I've been working hard on As You Like It, and can't wait to share it with you later this year. You can read more about the program and this summer's production here, and mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend!
Thank you to everyone who's been coming out to Joe's Pub so far. Your support means a great deal to me.
P.S. Save the date for my next show: Friday May 19th, on sale now, featuring special guest, the comedic genius Rachel Bloom!
March 6, 2017
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first two Joe's Pub concerts! This residency is off and running and I can't wait to keep it rolling with the next one coming right up a week from today on Monday March 13th at 9:30 PM. Our last two shows sold out in advance, so go get your tickets while supplies last!
A few little teasers about this March show...
I'm debuting a new song about standing up to bullies in a world without any grown-ups in charge, inspired by... well, every day in our country's strange new (sur)reality. Come hear me try to make sense of it all in a quasi-gypsy rock song. I'll also be continuing my cover series featuring work by the legendary artists whose portraits hang on the Joe's Pub 'wall of fame' just left of the stage. This month, I'm playing an accordion arrangement of a tune made famous by Alan Cumming. It's my favorite waltz about apathy and the rise of fascism. Just keeping things real light, folks!
In all honesty, the sense of love and community I get on these nights at Joe's Pub is a big part of what's keeping me going in all this madness. Thank you for sharing it with me. Hope to see you Monday night!
In other news, I'll be singing a song by my phenomenal mentor, the great Elizabeth Swados, this Wednesday March 8th in Lincoln Center's American Songbook concert honoring her prolific, prophetic work. I wouldn't be writing music if it weren't for Liz. Come revel in an evening of her radically powerful work. Tickets are still available here.
P.S. Save the date for the next Pub show: April 28th, on sale now, featuring special guest Ato Blankson-Wood!
February 11, 2017
Thank you to everyone who packed the Pub a few Fridays ago to kick off our Joe's Pub residency! I hope you enjoyed listening as much as I loved playing for you. In this tumultuous time, I'm so grateful for a chance to be together in a room with all of you making music and celebrating community. Let's do it again really soon. Next show is coming up this Friday February 17th at 7 PM! There's a smattering of tickets left, so I encourage you to go get them while you still can.
Photo by Kevin Yatarola
A few special things about this February show...
I'm thrilled to feature the exquisite Nikki James as my special guest this month. Nikki played Viola in Twelfth Night last summer at the Delacorte, and is one of the most mesmerizing performers I've ever seen. We'll be doing a tune from that show and another fun surprise!
Photo by Sara Krulwich / New York Times
I'm also debuting a new song inspired by The New Colossus, the sonnet by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus that's inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. I've been seeing her lines 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' a lot lately, scrawled on protest signs at rallies in support of immigrants and refugees, and they are more haunting and vital than ever. This song is my humble take on her words. I'll also be kicking off a new site-specific cover song series with an arrangement of my favorite Leonard Cohen tune. All this to say, I'm greasing up my accordion and getting giddy with excitement to play for you again.
Go ahead and save the date for our next couple shows on sale now: March 13th, April 28th, & May 19th. More special guests and summer dates to be announced soon!
In other news, I'm psyched to share that I've written the theme song for Julie's Greenroom, a new Netflix series starring Julie Andrews, featuring new puppets from the Jim Henson Company. The show is all about teaching kids the value and wonder of the performing arts. At a time when funding for the arts is under attack, I'm proud to be part of a project that is helping a new generation learn the importance of creativity. You can watch a trailer featuring Sara Bareilles singing a clip of my song here!
Thank you for continuing to support independent music and hope to see you Friday at Joe's!
January 13, 2017
Happy new year everybody! Let's get straight to work. There's a lot things to raise our voices about right now, and I'll be singing out all year long as an artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub in their 2017 Working Group. I'm so honored to be chosen alongside these four amazing artists and grateful to have the support of such an inclusive and visionary institution as I make more music. You can read more about the group here. I'll be playing a monthly show at the Pub and the first one is coming up REAL soon on Friday January 27th at 7 PM! Get those tickets before they disappear!
I've got official shows on the calendar through May, and the rest will be announced soon, but for now, save the dates and book the tix: February 17th, March 13th, April 28th, & May 19th. It's been nearly a year since I've played a for-real concert, so I'm VERY psyched to play a batch of new stuff.
Oh and hey, for all of you got to see my musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT this summer at the Delacorte, and for those of you who missed it too, I recorded a collection of demos of the whole score and you can listen to it here for a name-your-price download. Collaborating with the Public Works community gives me genuine, radical hope for the future in this alarming time and I'm so excited to continue working with them - stay tuned for exciting news about this summer!
July 23, 2016
Hey everybody! It's been a while since I've sent an update, so I'm sorry for such a long one. But I'll try to keep it interesting with lots of pictures!
CONCERT WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN - JULY 27TH
The brilliant Jason Robert Brown has a monthly residency at SubCulture, and I'm honored and delighted to be his special guest for July. We're putting together an epic set list - covering each other's tunes and more. It's happening this Wednesday July 27th at 8 PM. Get your tickets here!
Last Saturday, I got to perform at City Center in my extraordinary mentor Jeanine Tesori's Off Center Jamboree, starring Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff. It was pure joy. Sutton beautifully performed my song Room, which blew my mind. And City Center just released a video my performance of my tune WHEN, which you can watch here:
Thank you to all of you who have come to see Hadestown at NYTW! Singing Anais Mitchell's gorgeous folk songs every night under Rachel Chavkin's magical direction has been heavenly. Stay tuned - our live cast album will be released soon!
OLD HATS ALBUM
Speaking of cast albums, we finally recorded a short album of a handful of songs from Old Hats, which you can get here. I'm so glad to finally have these out there for those of you who have been asking for these tunes - I hope you enjoy them!
RAGTIME ON ELLIS ISLAND
I'm massively excited to play the radical bad-ass activist Emma Goldman in a concert version of one of my favorite musicals Ragtime in August, presented on Ellis Island, starring a whole bunch of folks I admire, including narration by the legendary Brian Stokes Mitchell. Sadly, tickets are not available publicly, but hopefully it will happen again! You can read more about the site-specific production here.
SESAME STREET SONG SUNG BY SARA BAREILLES
I've been having so much fun writing songs for Sesame Street over the last year, and recently I got to write this tune for the incredible Sara Bareilles to sing on her special guest episode. Getting to write music for one of my favorite voices on this legendary show was thrilling. You can watch and listen to Just Like Magic here!
TWELFTH NIGHT AT THE DELACORTE
Before you make plans to head out of town for Labor Day weekend, save the date for my musical adaptation of Twelfth Night happening September 2nd thru 5th at the Public Theater's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, presented by Public Works! More about that in my next update.
Thanks for all the support. And if you read this whole damn thing, I appreciate you even more.
July 12, 2016
The concert will feature all twenty-five musicians featured on the record, playing the whole thing straight through. Strings, horns, wailing vocalists, the works. Come see us attempt to squeeze ourselves on the Joe's Pub stage! There's still some tickets left, so hurry up and get yours here.
And if you haven't checked it out yet, you can download the album here. Thanks to all of you who have listened already.
I'm having a criminal amount of fun playing my songs every night over at the Signature Theatre in Old Hats, alongside master clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner, directed by the inimitable Tina Landau. We're A New York Times Critic's Pick! And I even have a special discount for you. Get your tickets here, and enter the promo code SHAINA for 30% off to performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I fully guarantee you will laugh so hard it hurts.
The inspiring folks at Creator Magazine recently featured me with this lovely article where I talk about writing and my obsession with Destiny's Child. Here's a photo from the piece taken by Lauren Kallen.