Here are musician Ken Beasley‘s picks for the weekend:
FRIDAY, MARCH 26 – PETE DRUNGLE: A DYNAMIC EVENING OF SOLO PIANO
Even if it’s still barely creeping onto some of the slower people’s radar screens, the Abrons Arts Center continues to offer cool and provocative shows each and every week, and they’re not all in their historic landmark Playhouse. One of the Arts Center’s three performance spaces is a 100 seat subterranean theater, where you can catch one of their popular “Underground” concerts, highlighting some of New York’s hottest emerging talent.
This week, Bessie Award winner Pete Drungle heads downstairs to make your head spin with his experimental piano improvisations. Having collaborated with the likes of The Kronos Quartet, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and not one, but TWO Onos (Yoko & Sean), there’s no doubt that you’ll find his keyboard explorations unlike anything else you’ve heard.
8pm – $10, $15 at the door
SUNDAY, MARCH 28th – JUSTIN BOND W/SPECIAL GUEST MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
“Justin Bond” is really all anyone ever needs to say when describing an upcoming show. However, for those that need a refresher, Justin Bond has long been known for his Kiki. Kiki, being the ever sharp-tongued half of the infamous cabaret duo Kiki & Herb. Justin has since retired that wig, and is now doing his own shows around town and beyond, slinging his signature off-color jokes and enourmo-grin inducing musical numbers.
This week, Bond continues his residency at Joe’s Pub with a slew of special guests, including none other than Martha Wainwright. Yes, of Those Wainwrights. Presenting an array of original songs and campy covers in that fiery way only he can, Justin’s shows are always chock full of surprises. Although, the one thing you can certainly count on is getting your money’s worth.
Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.