Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend hosted by Julie Klausner with Jill Sobule, Ted Leo, Laura Cantrell, Jean Grae, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eszter Balint, Nath Ann Carrera, Josh Kantor, Phil D'Agostino, & Special Guests

Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend hosted by Julie Klausner with Jill Sobule, Ted Leo, Laura Cantrell, Jean Grae, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eszter Balint, Nath Ann Carrera, Josh Kantor, Phil D'Agostino, & Special Guests

Tuesday · October 30, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00

This event is 21 and over

Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend
Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend
Join us for a special one-night-only evening ode to Bobbie Gentry featuring an all-star musical tribute and the exclusive world premiere of never-seen archival footage of Bobbie Gentry performing in Vegas, an era mostly undocumented until now. The film premiere part of the show features Gentry’s regal and defiant performance of “Fancy,” Gentry swinging from the ceiling in a metallic gold bodysuit to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and the holy grail for Gentry fans: the iconic, gender-bending spectacle of Bobbie Gentry performing as Elvis Presley, karate kicks and all.

Bobbie Gentry blazed into spotlight in 1967 with the spooky story-song “Ode to Billie Joe,” created a collection of strange, beautiful songs including hits like “Fancy” during a brief career at Capitol Records, and then lit out for Las Vegas, where she spent the 1970s producing and starring in record-breaking stage shows hailed for over-the-top razzle-dazzle and energetic performances. In the early 1980s, Gentry retired from showbiz and chose to disappear from the public eye. Now, in the wake of a groundbreaking book about her career for the 33 1/3 music book series and a legacy-defining box set to be released this fall, Bobbie Gentry is finally being fully recognized as the trailblazing singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer she told us she was before hanging up her heels.

The show will be hosted by comedienne Julie Klausner and features performances by Klausner, Jill Sobule, Ted Leo, Laura Cantrell, Jean Grae, Tammy Faye Starlite, Eszter Balint, Nath Ann Carrera, Josh Kantor, Phil D’Agostino and … and more surprise special guests.

“Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend” is being presented by author Tara Murtha (“Ode to Billie Joe”) and Rachel Lichtman (Network ’77).
Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner is an actress/comedienne/cabaret darling who created the critically acclaimed Hulu series “Difficult People.” Her podcast, How Was Your Week, was called “one of the few essential podcasts” by the New York Times. She is head writer and Co-EP of Billy on the Street. She’s also written for Mulaney, Best Week Ever, The Big Gay Sketch Show, The Triumph and Jack Show and many other comedy specials.
Jill Sobule
Jill Sobule
Jill Sobule is a singer/songwriter with a long and well-known association with Bobbie Gentry. In addition to being a collector of Bobbie rarities, she penned the introduction to the 33 ⅓ book Ode To Billie Joe, as well as the song “Where is Bobbie Gentry?” which appears on her appropriately named 2009 record California Years. Since then, Jill has returned to New York City where she continues to write, record, and perform what the New York Times calls “grown-up music for an adolescent age.” This fall, Sobule is releasing Nostalgia Kills, her first record in nine years.
Ted Leo
Ted Leo
Ted Leo is one of the finest and most versatile singer/songwriters of our generation. Rooted in hardcore, then blistering power-pop with bands like Chisel and The Pharmacists, he has sung out our turbulent lives like we were smarter than we were, then provided equal parts sweetness and solace with Aimee Mann as The Both before releasing his most recent evolution: the long-awaited and critically acclaimed solo album The Hanged Man. As an in-demand musician and performer, he has appeared on many stages and variety shows and is at home at The Bell House paying tribute to the first lady of Southern Gothic.
Laura Cantrell
Laura Cantrell
A country artist from Nashville thriving in New York City, Laura Cantrell earns accolades wherever she goes. As a celebrated radio DJ, Cantrell currently hosts Dark Horse Radio, a show dedicated to the music and legacy of George Harrison, on SIRIUS. Cantrell’s latest record, No Way There From Here, has been hailed as “a superb repertory” featuring “bell-like vocal clarity to her stories, which illuminate more than explain – just enough to make you want to hear ’em again.” Cantrell’s previous record explored femininity in country by way of interpreting songs related to OG Kitty Wells.
Jean Grae
Jean Grae
Jean Grae is a multi-hyphenate artist whose work integrates music, comedy, and visual media. In addition to musical collaborations with The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Robert Glasper, the critically acclaimed performer, director, soundtrack composer, and writer has released nearly two dozen self-produced and engineered independent albums; her work is even archived in The Yale Anthology of Rap and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture. Regular Bell House showgoers will know Grae from her Jean and John shows, with comedian John Hodgman. Pitchfork called Grae “one of the most gifted MCs ever” and describes her most recent LP Everything’s Fine as “a masterpiece of rap performance, blending dark comedy, cathartic narrative, and even vaudeville with a hip-hop soul.” As Grae says, she makes all the everything.
Tammy Faye Starlite
Tammy Faye Starlite is a celebrated alt-cabaret singer, satirist, and performance artist who thrills and scandalizes audiences by performing what the New York Times calls “mesmerizing theatrical shows” in homage to icons like Nico and Mick Jagger.  Tammy Faye Starlite embodies what she calls “the photonegative of a country singer” while singing cult favorite songs like, “God Has Lodged a Tenant in my Uterus.”
Eszter Balint
Eszter Balint
You may recognize songwriter, actress, and violinist Eszter Balint from her starring turn in Jim Jarmusch’s film Stranger Than Paradise, her appearance on the FX sitcom Louie, or her acclaimed records such as Airless Midnight. “Miss Balint has her own film-noir sensibility as a songwriter,” Jon Parales observed in the New York Times. “[She] slips inside her characters to project their restlessness and longing.” With Gentry’s penchant for writing dark characters who need intimacy and freedom but can’t have both, Balint’s exquisite sensibility will honor the late Jimmie Haskell’s string arrangements.
Nath Ann Carrera
Described as "heavenly" by the New York Times and brimming with “essayistic songs about female revenge and politics" in the Paris Review, Nath Ann Carrera performs in vaunted venues all around New York City. A devoted Gentry fan, they’ve been performing “Belinda,” Bobbie Gentry’s ode to a Texas stripper, for years. Their celebrated show “I Don't Want To Throw Rice, I Want To Throw Rocks: The Early Southern Gothicism Of Dolly Parton” returns to Joe’s Pub this fall.
Josh Kantor
As the organist for Boston Red Sox homes games, Josh Kantor “has the coolest job in the world.” He also has other countless cool gigs, like jumping on stage with an accordian for Jon Langford, or playing keyboards for The Split Squad (a supergroup made up of members of Blondie and the Fleshtones), Boston luminaries Jim’s Big Ego, and The Baseball Project, a sterling group of people who love both baseball and rock and roll.
Phil D'Agostino
Philadelphia-based musician and producer Phil D’Agostino is usually on the road playing bass with Get the Led Out, the country's premier Led Zeppelin tribute band. This year, D’Agostino released indie side project Blind Subscribers, a record built to last about things that aren’t. In 2015, D’Agostino served as musical director for The Lower 40, a one-day pick-up project of 14 musicians performing Bobbie Gentry’s debut record “Ode to Billie Joe” in its entirety, aired live and archived on WXPN 88.5FM.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/