Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman - Lightning Strikes
Doors open at 7:00, Show starts at 8:00
$20 Advance | $25 At the Door
Two veterans of the fertile East Village Art Scene of the 1980's, Joey Arias and Kristian Hoffman, share the stage for the first time since they both appeared at seminal New York venues like Club 57, Mudd Club and CBGBs. Borrowed from the title of a Klaus Nomi song, "Lightning Strikes" marks the first collaboration between Arias and Hoffman - both of whom were close friends and collaborators of the late German counter-tenor. Nomi and Arias famously backed up David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979 and the two were close friends up until the time of Nomi's death. Hoffman wrote some of Nomi's signature songs ("Nomi Song," "Total Eclipse, "Simple Man") and did the arrangements for others.
A fixture of New York City's vibrant downtown performance scene for 30-plus years, Joey Arias is a bona fide NYC icon. Most recently Joey headlined Central Park SummerStage and played Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the Antony-curated Meltodwn Festival. He also stars in Z Chromosome, a short film directed by Manfred (Thierry) Mugler which opened the 18th Annual Chéries-Chéris Festival this past October in Paris.
Arias lived and worked with legendary musician Klaus Nomi until Nomi's death in 1983. However, he long ago stepped out of Nomi's shadow to gain fame in his own right as a performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist. From outrageous performances at seminal New York nightclubs Jackie 60 and Squeezebox to the now-legendary nights at Bar d'O where he held court with Raven-O and Sherry Vine, Arias has distinguished himself with scandalous wit, sleek style and an extraordinary voice... evocative of Billie Holiday yet uniquely his own. "Strange Fruit," Arias's tribute to Lady Day ran for a year at the Astor Place Theater in New York and received a glowing notice from John Lahr in the New Yorker.
Arias originated the role of the Mistress of Seduction in Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas spectacular Zumanity, for which he co-wrote 2 songs. After 6 years in that role, Arias returned to New York with a splash as the star of Arias With a Twist, a show he co-created with master puppeteer Basil Twist. The show was a critical and commercial hit (Ben Brantley memorably began his New York Times review of the show, "Eat your heart out, Madonna!") and extended repeatedly for a total of 8 months at HERE Arts Center. Arias With A Twist has been subsequently presented in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Paris and returned to New York for another critically acclaimed, encore 8-week run at Abrons Arts Center in Fall 2011. The "Arias With A Twist" docu-fantasy premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and had it's US premiere at the 2011 TriBeca Film Festival.
In 2010 Arias returned to New York City with his first full-length concerts in over a decade. Joey Arias in Concert - featuring new jazz luminary Ben Allison and a band comprised of some of NYC's best musicians - played to sold-out houses for two weeks at Abrons Arts Center. A scaled down version of the show opened the Spiegeltent at Bard SummerScape in 2011. Arias has performed worldwide at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Freedom Theatre in London and on a transatlantic world tour into the cabaret clubs of Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Canada and England. Film credits include: Mondo New York, Big Top Pee Wee, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Wigstock - The Movie, Flawless and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Television credits include the infamous Saturday Night Live episode with David Bowie and Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson's Vandemonium (Cinemax), Elvira's MTV Halloween Special, HBOs Dragtime, HBO's Real Sex and Gayer Than Gay on VH1, along with numerous appearances on a wide variety of talk shows and programs. Arias' discography includes: Arias on Holiday, Strange Fruit, Jazzo Lozo, God Shave the Queen and live recordings of StarLust in Berlin, Arias with a Twist and Bar D'o in New York.
Kristian Hoffman is a singer, songwriter, producer and in-demand musical collaborator. He formed his first band, Mumps, with high school friend Lance Loud shortly after they had both made dramatic appearances in what is now known as "the first reality T.V. series: PBS' award winning "An American Family". Flourishing for about five years in the New York club scene in the late '70s, Mumps drew musical comparisons to The Move, The Kinks, and Sparks, and stylistic comparisons to the New York Dolls. Lance was the flamboyant singer, Kristian the songwriter and keyboard player.
While still performing as Mumps, Lance and Kristian subsequently appeared in a show called "New Wave Vaudeville" , produced by Ann Magnuson, who became a life-long collaborator of Hoffman's. (He produced, arranged, and played multiple instruments on Magnuson's "Pretty Songs And Ugly Stories.") At New Wave Vaudeville Hoffman met Klaus Nomi, the eccentric legendary German counter-tenor mutant glam virtuoso visionary. Kristian approached Klaus Nomi about forming a band, and his ensuing collaborations with Klaus included writing several songs for him, including "Total Eclipse," which was featured in the rock and roll movie Urgh! A Music War. Hoffman also collaborated with "No Wave" artists including Lydia Lunch and James Chance.
Hoffman has recorded and released 4 albums of his own including the critically acclaimed 2010 release "FOP" and the 2002 release "&," a collection of duets with artists including Russell Mael of Sparks, Rufus Wainwright, Maria McKee, El Vez, Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman), Anna Waronker, Lydia Lunch, Stew ("Passing Strange"), and Magnuson. Hoffman served Music Director for Rufus Wainwright's first touring band, and he frequently tours with El Vez.
1114 Howell St.
Seattle, WA 98101
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|