February 15, 2005

"Love Songs And Lullabyes" Is Thursday

Harriet SchockValentine's Day may have passed, but there's still time to hear some "Love Songs and Lullabyes," which is the theme of a showcase that my friend Bridget Brigitte will present from 6:30-11:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at Humphrey's Backstage Lounge on Shelter Island. The headliner for the evening is Grammy-nominated superstar songwriter Harriet Schock (right). Also on the schedule are Josie's Ghost, Bridget Brigitte, Lisa Sanders, Israel Maldonado, Sweetness and Cabeza de Vaca.

I've written here before about the multi-talented Harriet Schock. I got to meet the singer, songwriter, improv comedienne, teacher and author, whose work I've admired for about three decades, when she performed in 2002 at a "Naked Songwriters" showcase at the Backstage Lounge, where I shot this photo of her.

I first became aware of Harriet after she wrote both the words and music to "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," the Grammy-nominated title song of a 1975 Helen Reddy album. Harriet has written hundreds of other songs that have been recorded by artists ranging from Manfred Mann to the Partridge Family, as well as for film and TV. Her web site includes a short "Schockumentary" video about her many accomplishments.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Josie's Ghost, because one of their members is Skyler Dennon, who directed "Far Side of Paradise" at 6th @ Penn Theatre in 2003, which I photographed. I've been trying to catch his band ever since, but haven't succeeded so far. Thursday I hopefully will see them at last.

The Backstage Lounge is a 21-and-over venue. There will be an $8 cover charge for this event.

Posted at 12:32 PM in Music