Music: Cabaret with Rich Moran Fri., Aug. 22, at 8 PM

Rich_Moran_BV_061913Singer Rich Moran performs in the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 22. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

“Here’s To The Ladies Who Rhyme” — Rich Moran presents an evening of music and commentary celebrating of the contributions of female lyricists to the Great American Songbook.

In this show Rich Moran will be continuing his exploration of the treasures of the Great American Songbook. Once again, he’ll be joined by Judy Webber on piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and Noah Golden on drums.

They will be playing many classic tunes with a focus on the contributions of the woman who wrote lyrics for the repertoire. Songwriting through the early to mid part of the 20th century was not only an art form, it was also big business. The melodies heard on the radio, off the Broadway stages and at the movies were crafted by professional composers and lyricists who generated much of their income first through the sale of sheet music, and later through the royalties generated by the recordings of their works.

Recording artists did not, for the most part, write their own songs as they often do today. Yes, songwriting was big business and like most businesses in America during that time, it was dominated by men. It took a tremendously talented woman to break into their ranks. The relatively few who did created a wonderful legacy of work albeit mostly as lyricists and not composers.

From the effortless colloquialism of Dorothy Fields and the cool erotically charged sophistication of Carolyn Leigh though the urbane wittiness of Betty Comden and the humanistic sentimentality of Marilyn Bergman, Rich Moran will be presenting the words of these woman set to lovely rhythms by composers such as Cy Coleman, Jule Stynne and Jerome Kern. In between songs, he will share anecdotes and stories from the history behind the music. Moran will also sprinkle in an assortment of standards from the likes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and the Gershwin brothers.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 14. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

• Monday, Aug. 18. FILM SCREENING: DANNY SAYS (ROUGH CUT) with FILMMAKER BRENDAN TOLLER

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

 

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