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Eclectic Rocker Kenyon Phillips Continues Improvisational Variety Series at Joe’s Pub
July 23 $20
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Kenyon Phillips, known for his inventive blend of orchestral rock, surrealist theater and interactive cabaret, will follow the sold-out April 30 debut of his new improvisational variety series at Joe’s Pub, the musical outpost of downtown Manhattan’s storied Public Theater, with an all-new installment of Unisex Salon with Kenyon Phillips on July 23, 2017. The genre-hopping musician, actor and writer will continue the series with a schedule of performances at Joe’s Pub to follow into the spring of 2018.
Anchored by Phillips and his all-girl orchestral backing band, The Ladies in Waiting, each show features a rotating – and truly eclectic – lineup of musical guests in addition to vaudeville, dance and burlesque-style acts. In lieu of interviews à la Ed Sullivan and other variety show hosts, Phillips engages in sung conversations with his guests and audience members against improvisational accompaniment by The Ladies in Waiting. While songs are rehearsed and the guest list curated ahead of time, the order of appearances is decided spontaneously by Phillips based on the mood of the room – making each show utterly unique and impossible to duplicate.
“I can’t wait for the next Unisex Salon!” enthuses Phillips. “When the first one sold out in April, I knew the variety concept was resonating with people. And when it comes to celebrating variety and diversity, I really couldn’t ask for a better venue than Joe’s Pub.”
Alex Knowlton, Associate Director of Joe’s Pub at the Public, is equally enthusiastic.
“Kenyon embodies a true sense of community and place,” explains Knowlton. “We are honored to host his Unisex Salon shows, which so beautifully exemplify the Joe’s Pub mission of providing artistic freedom to performers working to represent the diversity of New York City on our stage.”
Confirmed guests for the July 23 performance include journalist and TV personality Michael Musto, American Horror Story’s Mat Fraser, electro-orchestral duo Mimi Goese & Ben Neill, neo-soul singer Inyang Bassey, Raven O, the original emcee of notorious variety nightclub The Box, and Unisex Salon regulars Mackenzie Shivers, Nikkie McLeod, Lance Breakfast, Bellehouse, Sarah Haines, and Yuka Tadano. Despite suffering a broken thigh and ankle in a recent bicycle accident, the irrepressible Michael Musto has refused to cancel his appearance – and will be performing his number in a wheelchair.
Following the July 23 performance, Joe’s Pub will continue to host Unisex Salon with Kenyon Phillips on a quarterly schedule through the fall and winter of 2017 into the spring of 2018. Throughout the series, the guest list will include actors Mare Winningham, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cady Huffman, Erik Liberman, Jacob Ware and Justin Sams; illusionist, clown and performance artist Geoff Sobelle; nonagenarian artist, singer and muse Ilona Royce Smithkin; international drag performer Joey Arias; and musicians Bebe Buell, Mina Caputo, Rachelle Garniez, Royston Langdon, Angela McCluskey and Paul Cantelon.