Nellie McKay

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  • Date: January 13, 2023 Fri
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Side Door
  • Tickets: $30-$50

Sister Orchid is Nellie McKay’s seventh album, starting with “Get Away From Me” (“…a tour de force…” – The New York Times), “Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day” (“…among the killer overhauls of American standards…” – The New York Times) and “My Weekly Reader”, music of the ‘60s (“..kicks serious butt. The results are beautiful.” – PopMatters).

She won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, PS I Love You, Gasland, Last Holiday and Private Life.

McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written four acclaimed biographies – her latest “The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers.”.

Her music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View. She has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz.

A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award and the Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, McKay is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights, and other deeply felt progressive ideals.


“Thanks to (McKay), the Great American Songbook has a living, breathing present as well as a glorious past” Boston Globe

“McKay comes on as a Harlem Holly Golightly, a social activist with a disarming mastery of pop vernacular.” Los Angeles Times

“…a sly, articulate musician who sounds comfortable in any era” The New York Times

“..ambitious, intriguing and clever..” Billboard

“..funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented.” The New Yorker

“A renegade songwriter with an ultraflexible Great American Songbook sensibility, McKay finds modern resonances everywhere…” Rolling Stone

“The one thing certain about Ms. McKay is the size and range of her talent..” The New York Times

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General Admission: $30.

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