Bentzen Ball presents: The Family Hemerlein Variety Show: June Edition
Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
SALES ARE CLOSED FOLKS
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! MAKE SURE TO SHOW UP AT 8 FOR HAPPY HOUR. DOORS CLOSE AND SHOW STARTS AT 9
The Washington Post says: "The Family Hemerlein is an intimate, surprisingly enriching evening" of music and comedy.
We say: it's no surprise--put great talents together on one stage and magic is bound to occur!
This month your hosts Matthew Hemerlein and Seaton Smith will present not one, but TWO unique twists each on the established formula of quiet, earth-shattering music plus brain-wrenching, gut-tangling comedy at the Gibson Guitar Showroom on Thursday the 24th.
First, the musical twists:
Socket Records' Aaron Thompson cuts his sparse and orchestral chamber-pop arrangements with a hefty line of Americana. The City Paper said his latest EP Vals/Bethany Lane/Icarus struck just the same chord of "gentle misery" as Ryan Adams does at his best and we agree (though we'd add Bon Iver or the Microphones to protect our street cred).
Janel Leppin, on the other hand, is a classically trained cellist turned instrumental folk ingenue. She straddles the boarders between ambient experimental soundscapes and cinematic pop songwriting while radiating pure classical intensity.
Cellos are so hot right now.
As for the the comic twist:
Michael Foody is a DC-based comic well known for being one of the smartest (and strangest) funny people around. If Patton Oswalt did a Stephen Wright imitation, it still wouldn't be as out-there as some of Foody's material, but it never ceases to crack up any kind of audience. Mr. Foody is well-known across various internet media, through twitter and his blog, as well as for being the composer of his own version of Happy Birthday. Maybe he'll agree to sing it onstage, if we're lucky.
Sheldon Scott, on the other hand, is one of the top storytellers in the city. He's performed widely at Speakeasy DC, and other storytelling arenas around town, always lining his tales of debauchery and folly with a gentle, self-effacing humor and down-to-earth wisdom. He's the first storyteller we've had on-stage at the variety show, but definitely not the last.
And as always Seaton and Matthew will provide their own Dramatic Twists: Whether drawing the audience into absurdist game shows or forcing actual blood relatives to perform or initiating a mysterious raffle, you never know what you're going to be surprised by when you come to the show, only that surprising delights will occur. Curious? Why not come try it?
Gibson Guitar Showroom
709 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Happy Hour at 8
Doors at 9
10 Dollar Tickets
Cheap Drinks, Deep Thinks