The Really Big Show featuring
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Christina Bianco, George Porter Jr., Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more!
Sat, November 5, 2016
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
$125 (BALCONY) // $249 (ORCHESTRA)
12:00 pm EDT
This event is all ages
The Really Big Show is a charitable fundraiser and variety show to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization. By matching adult volunteers, “Bigs,” with children, “Littles,” facing adversity, they are able to accomplish their mission of “helping children reach and realize their potential.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW provides at-risk children with strong, positive and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.
As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.
Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy – A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.
Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project: She served as an executive producer.
Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, ‘Unvarnished,’ last year and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.
Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations – this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.
“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.”
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that acclaimed singer, actor and impressionist Christina Bianco will return to Birdland with her solo show, Party of One, on Sunday, September 20 at 6pm and Monday, September 21 at 7pm.
In this new show, Christina shares her eclectic musical and artistic influences. From her New York roots, to global travels, to her love of celebrity divas, Christina willtake audiences on a musical comedy journey, retracing the steps that led her to become a multi-faceted party of one.
Christina will perform a mix of your favorite pop, standard and Broadway tunes in her own voice, as well as impersonating the great divas who have inspired her. Audiences can expect celebrity readings, unlikely musical interpretations of familiar songs and an A-to-Z of 26 ‘bonus’ impressions. From Ariana Grande to Celine Dion to Barbra Streisand, no celebrity is safe!
Two-time Drama Desk Award nominee Christina Bianco became a YouTube sensation with her ‘diva’ impression videos gaining over 21 million views worldwide. She has performed on such programs as “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” “The Queen Latifah Show,” and “The Today Show.” Recently, she made her West End debut in Forbidden Broadway at The Vaudeville Theatre and starred Off-Broadway in Application Pending for which she received her second Drama Desk Award nomination. Christina can currently be seen as Bianca on the U.S. sitcom “Impress Me” on POP TV, produced by Soul Pancake.
George Porter Jr.
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched sessions with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson and Tori Amos. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams. Back in 1965, Porter joined on with the Meters, considered by many to be the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and gained recognition as one of the scene’s elite bass players.
Porter’s rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history’s most memorable grooves.
Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest collection of Porter Batiste Stoltz tunes. “It’s the ultimate jam band,” Porter says, “one that actually is more musical than just playing everything you know in every song. This band slaps people in the face until they see how good the stuff is!”
Candace Benson, Carissa Blu, Talina, Jazz House Kids, 3 painters