“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle,” Ides say March is a splendid month to sally forth, wouldn’t you?

Two weeks from now, March 17, by invitation only, I’ll be warming up with Les Chocolats, my trova combo, at the Beacon home of Popaganda’s visionary artist, Ron English, to celebrate the launch of his new IndieGoGo campaign, Build the Mexican Welcome Wall.

Two nights later, March 19, KGB Bar’s Red Room hosts the Last Taboos Literary Salon with Cuban Mafia Night featuring Tony Perrottet in conversation with T.J. English (Havana Nocturn, The Corporation). Following the mafia-themed belly dancing (!) by the Two Laurens, we will premiere our artist rights comparsa, Musical Chairs.Oh.My.Godfather. This project has been five years in the making, and I am beside myself just thinking about it. We are plumping this new song cycle, at long last. Get your tickets here. Even if you can’t be in NYC, consider buying a $5 ticket to say, “You go, girl!”

Musical Chairs: A Comparsa for Artist Rights!

Como lo digo yo. Yeah, I said it. We are doubling down on copyfight jihad. The Mother of All MMA Wars was just the warning shot. We are aiming for Section 512 reform, abolishing outdated consent decrees, demanding fair pay for radio play, a small claims venue for rights with remedy, and we’re not letting up on #IRespectMusic, lest anyone forget streaming math doesn’t add up.

As a matter of fact, as Silly Season heats up, watch us work with tech workers, locked arm-in-arm at the barricades. We shall overcome and overthrow our tech overlords. This is gonna be fun! Our organized grassroots campaign shut down a backdoor deal to build Amazon HQ2 in Queens, and we’re just getting started. To follow the latest from the fast-growing indie artist rights underground, welcome to check out these hand-picked favorite blogsites on my freshly minted page, Musical Chairs Comparsa

Les Chocolats

These days, my favorite people in the world; comrades-in-arms, the shock troops of intrepid trova. These two cuties, antifolk avatar Steve Espinola (piano) and Celtic ice pixie Ylfa Edelstein (violin)

and our international man of mystery, Samuel James (clavé)

And big ups and high fives to Max Pollak, our conguero and rumbatap rumbero, for his artistic triumph as musical supervisor and choreographer. They just extended the run for his Carmen: To Havana and Back, an immersive dance spectacle in ’50s jetset Havana’s infamous Tropicana.


That’s all for this edition of Shocked Talked. Stay tuned, with more updates coming soon. I can’t be sure, but I do wonder, did they throw the baby out with this high chair?

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