Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
• Dinner menu available
• General Admission Seating
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
• All ages
Lady Rizo presents an extravagant festival of raucous songs to raise both the roof and funds for her international debut this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. Debauchery and merriment are included in the price of admission, as well as special guest appearances and raffle tickets with prizes to tickle every fancy.
Though it is rumored that she is the product of a night of unrestrained indulgence between Peggy Lee, Mel Brooks, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, and Janis Joplin, the truth is Lady Rizo was raised by theatrical gypsies with the highest show business ethics. When she almost looked of age, she rebelled against the comforting, unscrubbed rustic life and set out for a world of harsh metropolitan sophisticates. The "Cabaret Superstar" (New York Magazine), comedienne, and chanteuse has revived the genre by creating vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. She also co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & The Assettes in 2005 – a group that regularly performs sold-out shows to audiences in New York and beyond.
In January 2010, Rizo won her first Grammy Award for a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor, and Alison Krauss, among others. She has also recorded with Multi-Platinum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography for the video for the single "New York, New York," featuring Debbie Harry. In addition, she is the Mistress of Ceremonies for current hotspot The Darby, a decadent modern supper club in the West Village. In the same location as the legendary nightclub Nell's, she performs her pop arrangements nightly to entertain music luminaries like Prince, Ashford and Simpson, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z.
A proud recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2010, Rizo has performed her sold-out monthly show at Joe's Pub since 2009 and was commissioned for a full-length piece by the Public Theater that premiered as part of the New York Voices series in November 2011. Join her at Highline Ballroom tonight so she can "blow your heart and go down on your mind" (The Village Voice).