New York City Christmas, With Esparza and More, Will Have Fresh Tunes Among Evergreens Dec. 20

PlayBlog   New York City Christmas, With Esparza and More, Will Have Fresh Tunes Among Evergreens Dec. 20
 
The third annual New York City Christmas, a benefit concert at Joe's Pub at 7 PM Dec. 20, will not be a mere repeat of previous years, or merely a rehash of the lively album of the same name (on the Sh-k-Boom label). Conceiver, music director and arranger Lynne Shankel tells PlayBlog that the hip concert is a living, changing creature from year to year.


Proceeds still go to support the programs of ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty).  So, what's new this year?

"A kind of bluegrass-meets-pop arrangement of 'What Child Is This?,' which I wrote for the Carols For A Cure album for the cast of Next to Normal," Shankel (Summer of '42, Vanities, Cry-Baby) said. "It will be sung by Michael Buchanan, me, Lindsay Mendez, Christina DeCicco, Kay Trinidad and Miles Johnson."

There's also a new arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter" for the concert's host Raul Esparza. Shankel explained, "It's James Taylor meets something Celtic."

In addition to sacred and pop Christmas songs, Shankel said to expect "an original song by David Josefsberg to represent his Jewish peeps. It's a rockin' comedy song called 'Christmas Lovin' Jew.' It's a riot."

"New York City Christmas," the album, happens to be an item at PlaybillStore.com. Proceeds benefit ASTEP.

For concert tickets, visit joespub.com.

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