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QUEEN OF THE BEATNIKS: The Songs of Judy Henske

Tuesday, 7/03 at 8pm, (7:30 doors)

at The Cutting Room


Written and Performed by Meredith DiMenna; Musical Direction by Jason Binnick

Check out Meredith's review from the Times Square Chronicles!
The legendary Judy Henske is the best singer you’ve never heard of: from 1963 when she confounded audiences with her performance of “God Bless the Child” on the Judy Garland show, to 1966 when she riffed about whores on her Jack Nietzche-produced live album “The Death Defying Judy Henske”, even after her psychedelic folk classic “Farewell Aldebaran”, recorded for Frank Zappa’s label in 1969.  Judy was too many things to too few people, to become the household name her considerable talents merited. 

A singer of unparalleled power and versatility, she was large in every sense.  Standing nearly six feet with a voice like a midwestern mash up of Etta James and Ethel Merman, she predated deep-throated alto rock divas like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Cher.
More on Henske:

An interview with Judy

Judy sings "Wade in the Water" in Hootenanny Hoot
Judy singing Till The Real Thing Comes Along (audio only)

Vocalist MEREDITH DIMENNA, most recently heard on the breakout single “Legend in My Own Mind” from psychedelic soul band, THE STEPKIDS, presents an overview of Henske’s recorded material, featuring songs like “Danny Boy”, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, “I Know You, Rider”, “Til the Real Thing Comes Along”, and “High Flyin’ Bird.”

Musical Director JASON BINNICK is a media composer currently working on his first feature film. He is a member of the production duo YOUNG MOTHERS and records and tours with BOTANICA, whose last album was the music for a new critically acclaimed stage adaptation of "The Master and Margerita" at the state theater in Dortmund, Germany.

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