The Citizens Band, New York City’s political cabaret troupe, have announced select live shows this fall, including pre-election day stops at The Avalon in Los Angeles on September 19 and a three-night stint at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City October 24-27. The band will be performing songs from their debut album, “Grab A Root and Growl,” out September 18 via Press Hear Music.
The lineup includes “a soap opera actor, a Queens’ public school teacher, a supermodel, a Swedish pop star and a Hollywood ingénue,” and is known for ribald, entertaining performances.
A portion of the album’s sales will go to The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. That’s some bona fide communist action, folks. These pinkos should be ashamed of letting the leeches suckle at the teat of capitalism. Can we resurrect the House Un-American Activities Committee please?
All joking aside, the members of The Citizens Band should be applauded for taking a political stance and contributing to a cause.
Show producer Linda Carbone of Press Here Productions says, “With the upcoming elections looking like a very tight race it’s more important than ever to take part in the democratic process. The Citizens Band have always sought to inspire people to make the connection between the personal and the political. Grab A Root And Growl is a melodious rallying call to the polling booths.” The album contains 16 classic interpretations and original songs tackling issues as the 2012 Presidential Election approaches.
On tour, The Citizens Band will make things fun but political, covering topics such as “immigration, our broken healthcare system, the Wall Street brokered recession, war, poverty, and – always – the hope of a brighter future.”
The band includes: Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Zoe Kravitz, Nina Persson, Rain Phoenix, Ian Buchanan, Jorjee Douglass, Rachelle Garniez, Michael Cavadias, Adam Crystal, Mark McAdam, Paul Cantelon, Dave Lebleu, Mr Blue, Turner Cody, Mike Jackson, Angela McCluskey, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Jeff Palmiotti, Matt Ray, Ronin, and Leah Siegel.