Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay

  • May 5, 2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $22 advance | $27 door

She’s been called “a renegade songwriter with a Great American sensibility” by Rolling Stone,while The New Yorker has dubbed her funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented.”

Nellie McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has also produced three acclaimed musical biographies: I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; Silent Spring, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson; and A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the top concerts of the year by The New York Times. A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award, Nellie has been described as an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of Threepenny Opera, and has performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express.

Nellie has released six full-length albums, including Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day (“among the killer overhauls of American standards,” raved The New York Times) and My Weekly Reader, music of the ‘60s co-produced with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick (“manifests more historical grasp than any psych band yet to show its hand,” said Robert Christgau).

Her latest album, Sister Orchid, will be released May 18. Conjuring the image of a lonely, all-night truck stop along Highway 1, all but lost in the fog that comes creeping along the California shoreline, the album speaks of the night, the outsider, the plaintive wail of those lost at sea. “Sister Orchid was conceived in solitude and executed in darkness,” the artist reports. “It comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks.”