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Friday, April 20, 2018 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
In the year of our Lord 2011, Megan Mullally met Stephanie Hunt in a sport utility vehicle whilst filming a motion picture in Smithville, Texas. The Earth inhaled sharply. Reality expanded and shuddered with delight. The local tree frogs stopped their raucous ditty and have nary been heard from since.
That blessed day saw the voluptuous becoming of self-described punk-showbiz band, Nancy And Beth - the most magnificent duo to ever lay lung to a blues chord. A brace of bounty in the form of two young girls who are exactly the same age, they will ply their troth to bring it to you sweetly in your ear-holes. Together with their gypsy band of mystics, jazz pastors and Austin, Texas wild west tea-heads, these unusual ladies will gamely endeavor to meet - and even exceed - your entertainment quota via harmonies in song, hypnotic dancing, and spoken pleasantries.
In 2017, Nancy And Beth toured the US and UK extensively in support of their self-titled debut LP, entertaining the children while coyly refusing to explain to journalists why the “And” is capitalized. Dates included Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, Newport Folk, a debut at the Grand Ole Opry, Philly Pride, NPR Mountain Stage, and opening for the Pixies. All songs are choreographed by Mullally (who studied at the School of American Ballet and has performed in several Broadway musicals). The band will begin touring again in the spring of 2018, with a second album on the way, and three kickass music videos at your disposal at nancyandbeth.com.
Welcome to pleasure.
Megan Mullally (vocals, choreography)
Stephanie Hunt (vocals)
Datri Bean (keyboards, vocals)
Joe Berardi (drums)
Petra Haden (strings, vocals)
Sophia Johnson (guitar, vocals)
Andrew Pressman (bass, vocals)
“Nancy And Beth is as sharp as any revivalist act going today…Everything is performed so perfectly (and even sometimes movingly), that their comic sensibility subverts the whole act into something weirder.” - LA Times
“Musical misfits” – NPR All Things Considered
“[Nancy And Beth's self-titled debut] shuffles eras and genres, with George Jones's “He Stopped Loving Her Today” popping up four tracks after Gucci Mane's “I Don't Love Her” and Rufus Wainwright's “Vibrate” following the Clovers' r&b romper “One Mint Julep.” A motley assortment, but American to its core.” – Village Voice
“highly enjoyable eponymous debut album” – Vanity Fair
“It wouldn't be fair to call it a purely comedy album – it's too seriously musical and carefully curated for it to be that – but Nancy and Beth wisely doesn't try to disguise the comedic gifts of its creators. Instead, it shows the way Mullally and Hunt can be totally in sync to whip up a unique, coherent vision.” –Rolling Stone