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Friday, January 25, 9:00 pm
Hudson’s own Stephen Bluhm brings his infectious, original synth-pop back to Hudson!….. alongside the neo-burlesque sounds of New York City-based cabaret performer Sabrina Chap.
Accompanying Bluhm will be a live band including Andrew Stein on drums and piano, Chris Meier on bass, and Jon Byron Woodin on cello.
Bluhm’s self-described “dancey, melodic and lyric-driven synth pop” appeals to fans of David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Morrissey alike. Bluhm draws inspiration from the past century of pop music as well as musical theater. The results can sound like power pop, disco, or 1980s synth-pop, all united by melodic and lyrical crooning.
An engaging performer who loves dancing with the audience, Bluhm has been writing and performing for over 10 years. Bluhm has graced the stage of Helsinki Hudson a great many times; he hosted Helsinki’s weekly open-mic when the club first opened.
Among his favorite artists Bluhm counts an eclectic mix including Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, the Beach Boys, OMD, Erasure, and ABBA.
Trained as a classical pianist and composer, Sabrina Chap has toured internationally as a cabaret chanteuse and raconteur. She’s been described as “a burlesque Jerry Lewis,” a “female Tom Waits,” and “a nihilistic Cole Porter.” Her widely hailed one-woman show, “How to Be a Bad Girl,” chronicles the former classical pianist’s “delightful descent into the world of smut, booze and burlesque.” She also has been a featured performer with the Hudson-based Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.