I've been on a real Gloria Deluxe bender this week. If you don't know of performance artist Cynthia Hopkins and her band (the band is Gloria Deluxe), I highly recommend getting acquainted. She's on my "favorite living artists in the known universe" short list. Lisa and I are big, BIG fans of her, her band, and her theater work.
We first saw Must Don't Whip 'Um at REDCAT, back in 2007. Then, in 2009, through a wild series of coincidences, we ended up seeing Accidental Nostalgia in Edinburgh, Scotland while we were at the Fringe Festival. We met the band and director DJ Mendel, jammed with the band, and even had badass fiddler Phillipa Thompson sit in with us at our last gig in town. Ridiculous good times. DJ has been a friend ever since, and even made a music video for us. [So Sweet].
Lisa Dee had the opportunity to see The Success of Failure (or the Failure of Success) while at a work thing in New York, and we caught This Clement World back at REDCAT in 2013. You could say we've been following her all over the world. It would seem so.
Seeing Cynthia Hopkins' work has been an important guidepost for me in the inevitable impending collision of my theater and band lives. She's a fucking inspiration. It's pretty heartbreaking when even an artist that I would consider to have "made it" (i.e. she makes incredible, highly lauded work, gets major grants, etc) can't "make it" financially in the art world (her non-profit company folded due to lack of funding, something her latest work: A Living Documentary addresses, i.e. how in the fuck is an artist supposed to LIVE???)
So, if you don't know her, get to know her.
She has a YouTube channel:
And she's sung in Coney Island with Bonnie Prince Billy. So there.
p.s. I'm about 98% certain that the Evangenitals are gonna have to cover this song: