Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” Returns to Joe’s Pub

Brooklyn singer, bandleader and playwright Ethan Lipton seems to be loved by just about everyone who sees and hears him. For years his band, Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra, (voted “Best Lounge Act of 2009” by New York Magazine) has delighted audiences in New York and beyond with its sweet melodies.

His songs are full of quirky lyrics like, “We Would Have Never Met Without The Internet,” and delve into topics that range from bicycles and Tupperware, to internet love and the afterlife.

His plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Edinburgh (Scotland) and Berne (Austria). No Place To Go, Lipton’s personal “musical ode to the unemployed,” was originally commissioned last spring by Joe’s Pub as part of its first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and returns for a limited run through April 8th.

The premise – “The company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go.” The show is touted as “Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country.”

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side this weekend:

Ethan Lipton

ETHAN LIPTON – Friday, Jan. 7 | 9PM at Rockwood Music Hall

Musically, Ethan Lipton is all over the place. One second he’s honky-tonkin’ through a tune about aged people’s loss of hearing, and the next he’s singing a soft Brazilian samba about a woman’s need for a man to serve all her utilitarian desires. Lipton might swing from genre to genre, but it really, really works. Especially when it’s anchored by his cool wit and dynamic supporting band. FREE // 196 Allen St.