Edie Sedgwick

I had the good fortune to be able to DJ a benefit at the Black Cat this past Saturday for the Katrina Piano Fund, a benefit for New Orleans and other gulf coast musicians who lost their instruments, studios, etc. to the hurricaines this past summer/fall. The lineup was a solid roster of DC indie bands including Rose, Owls and Crows, the Whips and Wooly Mammoth. However, in my mind the stand-out favorite was Edie Sedgwick – aka Justin Moyer – formerly of El Guapo fame, now performing a biting mix of electroclash and social commentary about celebrities.

“Edie” is a one [wo]man show – and thank goodness, cause I wouldn’t know where to look if there was more than one person onstage. [S]he came out from behind a large projector screen dressed in a black glittery minidress and (in the case of this show) blonde 60s-style pixie cut wig. Backed by impressively-edited projections of popular films and tunes/backup vocals from a laptop, Edie cleverly and hilariously ranted and sang about Martin Sheen, Sigourney Weaver, Mary Kate Olsen, Robert Downey Junior – you name it. It was an impressive release from the usual DC fare, and absolutely worth checking out if you see shows coming up in future.

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