Nellie McKay Brings New Album of ‘60s Songs to Helsinki Hudson

Nellie McKay performing at Helsinki Hudson in 2013

Nellie McKay performing at Helsinki Hudson in 2013

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 8pm. Her performance comes just a week after the release of her new album, “My Weekly Reader,” on which she revisits some of the melodies born out of the fertile, conflicted climate of the 1960s. With the aid of Beatles’ producer Geoff Emerick, McKay covers songs from the era of political turmoil and creative delight by Frank Zappa, Ray Davies, Steve Miller, Country Joe McDonald, and others.

Since her last album, McKay has indulged an extended run in the award-winning off-Broadway hit “Old Hats” and written three acclaimed musical biographies – “I Want to Live!,” the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin; “Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature,” an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson; and }A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by the New York Times..

The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut a decade ago with her groundbreaking double-CD, “Get Away from Me,” showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical wit (which extended to the album’s title, a subtle play on the breakthrough album by a somewhat similarly inclined pop-folk jazz singer named Norah Jones).

Nellie McKay has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, Gasland.

McKay’s music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers, and McKay contributed the foreword to the 20th anniversary edition of “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and the New York Times Book Review.

A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, McKay is a vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.

For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.


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