Posted by Liam O'Kennedy October 3, 2012 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by me & thee coffeehouse:
On Friday, November 2, the me and thee presents a co-bill featuring Christine Lavin and Don White, a very funny duo of comedy and song. Christine Lavin’s smart and funny songs nail our lives and foibles on the head. She possesses a comedienne’s arsenal of irony and a ton of delightfully skewered songs that cover a lot of territory. Don White stays right at home to mine comic gold. Coming from the world of standup comedy, he is a family man whose concerts can turn what happens at home into an onstage biopic. His funny and touching songs go straight to an audience’s heart. Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show at the me&thee coffeehouse which is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.
Christine Lavin (left) is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist living in New York. She has recorded 20 solo albums [latest: Cold Pizza For Breakfast on Yellow Tail Records]. She has also produced nine compilation CDs showcasing the work of dozens of songwriters whose work she loves -- one of them, the food-themed One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on XM satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and she is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. Christine also writes essays for various publications (including The Washington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine).
Her song "Amoeba Hop" has been turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science. The new book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, written by Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, includes the complete lyrics to Christine's song "Planet X," which details Pluto's history and planetary status debate in rhyme.
And Christine got a "D" in Astronomy in college (see kids? You CAN make up for the mistakes of your youth). Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond, and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to many shows. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show. This working class family man from Lynn, Massachusetts has emerged as the thoughtful songwriter of the decade whose relevance to our lives is evidenced by the powerful reaction he evokes at every concert.
In 1974, Don (left) started hitch-hiking around America. "I went to Alaska and Newfoundland. That first trip I was gone eleven months and I only spent $1,100," he says gleefully. His wife--then girlfriend--Theresa joined him on the road. They backpacked around the country for three years with a guitar and their dog--a female whose first 'heat' inspired the breathtakingly funny The Shameful Ballad of Lijah The Orchard Queen--finding occasional work as itinerant farm hands and laborers. "The freedom was addictive," he says. Since settling down in Lynn, Don has worked on a craft of songwriting and performing.
He learned his art in the trenches: often doing nine shows a week at Catch A Rising Star over two and a half years. Studying the masters who passed though that fabled club, he developed his own infectious brand of humor and pathos that rivets the crowd wherever he plays.
Don White illuminates the human experience though his writing and performing. His motivation for doing so is eloquently expressed in the spoken word piece he performs after singing Heartbeat of Heaven. Whether he is singing, speaking, or setting up the sneakiest punch line of the night, Don has the hearts of his audience. They know they have his.
Tickets for the performance by Don White and Christine Lavin are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person in Marblehead at either the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouse in New England, and probably the country. The me & thee has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website www.meandthee.org.
Next concert: November 9, 2012 – Garnet Rogers – Linda Sharar opens