Oct 30, 2012 Inaugural Marriage Equality Concert featuring:
Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Rufus Wainwright, fun., The National, Toshi Reagon, Beth Orton, They Might Be Giants, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Sam Amidon, Reggie Watts, Taylor Mac, Mykki Blanco, and more to be announced soon.
Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman)
Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) is a Vermont-born pianist and singer. As the Music Director and Curator for Freedom To Love Now!, Bartlett is responsible for making the stars align, getting the revered talent involved, and shaping the creative vision of this project. Known for his Burgundy Sessions, he has collaborated with countless marquee artists, and toured with Antony and the Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, and Bebel Gilberto among others.
Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter extraordinaire. The New York City Opera hailed him as the “most important songwriter of his generation.” As an icon of New York City, Wainwright has cultivated a fervent following for both his music and activism. His album, Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award. Earlier this year, he premiered his first opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
fun. is an American rock band based in New York City who are known for their absolutely infectious songs heard by hundreds of millions worldwide. “We Are Young” and “Some Nights” are some of this year’s most popular hits. As a band squarely in the limelight, they have aggressively fought for the equal rights and fair treatment for those in LGBT community, including teaming up with Google’s Legalise Love campaign.
The National is an Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band that consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). The National has toured with REM, and can proudly state that “Fake Empire” off their 2007 album Boxer became the unstated anthem for Barack Obama's historic presidential run.
Toshi Reagon is an acclaimed American folk/blues musician from Atlanta. Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” she is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. She’s always been an advocate in the fight for achieving equal rights for all in the United States.
Beth Orton is a genre-spanning BRIT Award-winning English singer-songwriter. Her voice could sooth angels, shatter glass and reduce the hardest of hearts to tears, all within the space of one song; songs as soft as early morning sunshine with lyrics drenched in yearning. She also knows how to rock – hard.
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants is an original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. TMBG writes, records, and tours continuously, and are involved in numerous television and film projects. They have an on-going audio and sometimes video podcast that is free. They also have won two Grammy Awards.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is an American singer, painter, and performance artist. One of the most vibrant voices in New York City’s cabaret scene, Mx Bond is also celebrated for award-winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood Backwards and In High Heels. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007.
Cibo Matto, a Japanese-born duo that formed in New York and christened itself with an Italian band name meaning crazy food, mixes up a heady brew of funk samples, hip-hop rhythms, tape loops, and fractured pop melodies all topped off by surreal narratives sung in a combination of French and broken English.
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/artist Sam Amidon began playing fiddle at the age of three. Raised by musician parents on a steady diet of Irish and Appalachian folk, Amidon spent the early arc of his teens performing and recording traditional dance and Avant-folk music. He collaborates with longtime friend Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman).
Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/beatboxer/musician/comedian/improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.”
Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and sometime director and producer. TimeOut New York has called him, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” and American Theater Magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.”
Mykki Blanco (aka Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.) is a 25 year-old New York based performance artist, poet and hip-hop musician who’s genius keeps his profile on a steady rise. Founder of performance art collective NO FEAR, Blanco blends the rap genre’s prescribed machismo with references to pioneering hip-hop femme fatales and gay club kids.