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Natalie to perform at Cyndi Lauper’s “Home For The Holidays” Benefit Concert in NYC

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Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 8th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert. The event will take place December 8th at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. This year’s concert will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the True Colors Fund, which was co-founded by Lauper.

Natalie will make an appearance, as will a host of guests including Amanda Palmer, Angie Stone, A$AP Rocky, Bebe Rexha, Bishop Briggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Dr. Elmo, Gina Yashere, Regina Spektor, Robert Glasper, Sara Ramirez, Shea Diamond, and The Knocks. The evening will be hosted by Carson Kressley.

“LGBTQ youth are strong, brave, and resilient,” said Lauper. “At Home for the Holidays, we’ll raise our voices in solidarity with LGBTQ young people – and raise money to support the True Colors Fund’s work to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. I’m so grateful to the artists for donating their time and talent to bring attention to this important cause.”

100% of the net proceeds from the concert will support the True Colors Fund’s programs to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In America, up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ and, according to a recent study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.

For more info + tickets visit the True Colors Fund site HERE.

Hudson Valley Votes Event on Oct 20th in Kingston

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With the crucial mid-term elections nearly upon us on November 6th, a group of concerned citizens has banded together with local and nationally recognized artists to present an evening of music, performance and activism.

Natalie will perform and is serving as Artistic Director for HUDSON VALLEY VOTES on Saturday, October 20th at UPAC. The line-up of Hudson Valley based musicians and actors performing include: Aaron Dessner of The National, singer-songwriter Dar Williams, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, actors Paul Rudd and Lili Taylor, activist and author Eve Ensler and many more. Progressive Democratic candidates and elected officials will join artists on stage, including NY19 Candidate Antonio Delgado.

On October 20th at UPAC, Hudson Valley artists will engage in the political process by using their voices in support of our progressive Democratic candidates. We have seen recent elections in upstate NY decided by just a handful of votes. Anyone who thinks his or her vote doesn’t matter needs to think again; everyone must participate in this midterm election. The fate of not just our region, state or country depends upon it…the destiny of the entire world will be determined by the outcome of this vote. -Natalie

Tickets and more info on the event here: http://www.bardavon.org/show/hudson-valley-votes/

More info on Antonio Delgado here: https://www.delgadoforcongress.com

Shows in Ireland with Lúnasa in August

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Natalie will be joining her friends in Lúnasa as a “special guest” for four shows in their native Ireland in August following her own UK Tour. Tickets for the dates below are on-sale now.

Lúnasa is currently on tour celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary. Their new album Cas is available now via the band’s online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman.”

Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep.

 

Hopes And Dreams: The Lullaby Project (Carnegie Hall)

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Natalie recorded a track for Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project.

Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, the album is a collection of songs that mothers and families from across New York City have written for their children, performed by a range of artists including Rhiannon Giddens, Rosanne Cash, Angelique Kidjo, Fiona Apple, and others.

You can listen to or purchase the album HERE.

 

UK Tour Announcement: A Summer Evening with Natalie Merchant

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A summer tour of the UK has just been announced. It features towns and cities chosen by Natalie herself and not usually included on her tours.

“I have always enjoyed performing in the UK but have rarely played outside of the major cities. There’s so much of Britain I’ve never seen; I expect this summer’s tour will satisfy my desire to explore those historic and scenic regions while meeting up with my fans who live there.” – Natalie

Tickets go on-sale this Thursday, March 29 at 10am. Visit the tour page for more information.

Hancock Shaker Village – Benefit Concert

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Natalie will be performing live at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA on September 22nd. It will be an intimate, acoustic concert in their 1910 barn. Natalie will be accompanied by her guitar player Erik Della Penna.

Proceeds from the concert will go to support the education program at Hancock Shaker Village.

Tickets and more info HERE.

UPDATE: due to popular demand, a 2nd show has been added on September 23rd. Tickets go on-sale Aug 24th at 1oam est HERE.

Collaborating with Lúnasa

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Natalie will be making a special guest appearance with traditional Irish band Lúnasa at the following New York shows this month:

March 13 @ City Winery in NYC (Early Show) – SOLD OUT
March 13 @ City Winery in NYC (Late Show) – Tickets
March 15 @ The Egg in Albany – Tickets

Lúnasa is currently on tour celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary. Their new album Cas is available now via the band’s online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman.”

Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep.

United We Swing (Wynton Marsalis Septet Collaboration)

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On March 23rd, Blue Engine Records will release United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas. Recorded live between 2003 and 2007, the album features a diverse group of artists joining Wynton Marsalis and his band to perform jazz and blues-infected versions of their repertoire.

Natalie contributed a recording of her song “The Worst Thing” – recorded live with Wynton and the Septet at a 2006 gala.  The album will be available in digital/CD/LP formats and can be preordered HERE. 100% of the proceeds go to help support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s music education initiatives.

United We Swing Tracklisting
1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
3. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
4. I’m Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
7. I’m Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
8. My Baby Don’t Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
10. Please Baby Don’t feat. John Legend
11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
13. Fool’s Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
16. What Have You Done?

Winter Sale

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Between now and Dec 15th we’re offering 20% off ALL items in the Natalie Merchant online store. Enter the voucher code “WINTERDEAL” at checkout to receive the discount.

And may we humbly suggest for your holiday shopping: The Natalie Merchant Collection – the 10 disc, career-spanning box set compiled by Natalie herself, and released this past year. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history.

MOJO called it “Magnificent… A definitive and absorbing celebration of an artist with a singular voice and vision.”

Or, if you have little ones on your list, we also suggest the Leave Your Sleep album and/or the Leave Your Sleep Children’s Book with illustrations by Barbara McClintock.

Wonder: Film Premiere

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Natalie attended the premiere of “Wonder” in Los Angeles earlier this week on November 14th. The film is based on R.J. Palacio’s young adult novel of the same name – which was inspired by Natalie’s song.

“What a beautiful, moving adaptation of the book. Please take every child you know to see this film.” – Natalie