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Friday, March 23 • 10:30pm - 11:30pm
AFTER HOURS: Poor Baby Bree presents Ragtime, Ragmen, and Ragamuffins: Historic Songs of the Lower East Side

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 “Like being transported into another era. What an amazing performer!” -- Laurie Anderson

Join singer/archivist Bree Benton as Bowery waif “Poor Baby Bree” and musical director and frequent EMP presenter Franklin Bruno for a revue of comic and pathetic songs dating from the 1870s-1910s, the golden age of New York vaudeville. Hear songs by Irving Berlin (“Yiddle, With Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime”), variety impresario Tony Pastor (“In the Bowery”), Irish-American musical theater pioneers Harrigan & Hart (“The Market on Saturday Night”), and other rarely-performed numbers, reconstructed from original sheet music and songsters. With Franklin Bruno (piano), Karen Waltuch (viola), Jacob Garchik (tuba/trombone), and Nick Russo (banjo/mandolin). 60 minutes.

Please visit www.poorbabybree.com for more information and advance ticketing.

Admission at door: $8 for Pop Conference/IASPM-US attendees, $12 general

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Franklin Bruno

Franklin Bruno is the author of Armed Forces, in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series; he is currently writing a book on popular song-form for Wesleyan University Press. His criticism has appeared in The Nation, Oxford American, The Believer, and two editions of Da Capo’s Best Music Writing... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 10:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
Bleecker St. Theater 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012