Asylum Street Spankers
The World Famous Pontani Sisters
The Asylum Street Spankers infuse rollicking oldtime music with bawdy modern-day humor and an audacious live show. The four masked men in Los Straitjackets let their precision instrumentals do all the talking, conversing in the retro-chic riff-ology of surf-music, perfect for a beach party or the slapand-tickle burlesque choreography of the World Famous Pontani Sisters. Niger’s innovative desert blues band Etran Finatawa (“stars of tradition”) casts a hypnotic spell with mesmerizing droning riffs and uplifting chants.
Melvin van Peebles: Hamlet: The Street Chant by Shel Silverstein
Steve Cuiffo as Lenny Bruce
Rod Harrison as Lord Buckley
Sandra Bernhard’s knife-edged humor skewers the state of modern culture, fueled by rebellious rock & roll attitude. David Johansen, the flamboyant performer of New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter fame, weaves punk rock swagger, beatnik folk, and gutbucket blues. In Shel Silverstein’s hipster Hamlet: The Street Chant, Original Baadasssss Melvin Van Peebles adds rhyme and modern meaning to a street-savvy update of the Bard’s classic tale. Steve Cuiffo channels the groundbreaking work of the controversial comic and social satirist Lenny Bruce. Cats and kittens, dig Rod Harrison’s “hipsemantic” inhabitation of the coolest, grooviest, swingin’est Lord Buckley.