BUSKIN AND BATTEAU
With special guest KELLEIGH McKENZIE
$20 ($17 members)
After a thirteen-year hiatus to 1) be dads, and 2) take a nap, Buskin and Batteau are back on the road again. The duo recently released their long-anticipated new CD, Red Shoes and Golden Hearts. In their new album and in their performances, they continue to offer their audiences, in the words of The Washington Post, "an irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit.”
Singer-songwriter-soloists David Buskin and Robin Batteau evoke a wide range of emotions in their audiences, ranging from light-hearted amusement at "ESPN", or the pun-filled "Death in Venice", to a gentle sense of loss expressed by their beautiful ballad for the late Kate Wolf, "Never Cry Wolf".
As professional jingle writers, Buskin & Batteau's voices and tunes have been heard in almost every American household. They've had us listening "to the heartbeat of America", living "in a Burger King Town" and climbing "all aboard Amtrak".
The popular duo also brings their unique style and sound to the stage and the audience has come to expect the unexpected whenever David and Robin perform. “Second Homeless,” a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the plight of stockbrokers no longer able to afford a second home, originally written in 1987, has a particular potency today.
Buskin & Batteau combine talent, humor and showmanship with the element of surprise to produce a crowd-pleasing performance.
Opening the evening will be Kelleigh McKenzie. Armed with a banjo, guitar and amplified stompbox, Oregonian-turned-New Yorker Kelleigh McKenzie (pronounced “Kelly”) has a way of mixing folk, blues, old-time and rock into a music all her own. With a whimsical voice and surprising grooves, she takes the well-worn roads of Americana to unexpected places, thumping and plucking out original tales that veer effortlessly from a graceful social consciousness to lusty romps and sinister seductions. Kelleigh's acclaimed debut album Chances was recently released nationally and her song "Gin" won the 2009 Independent Music Award (IMA) for Best Americana Song. She received two additional IMA nominations (Best Americana Album and Best Cover Song for "Eleanor Rigby") and was named a winner in last year's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.