Martha Graham Cracker’s world domination tour continues. It all started last year in New York, where she got rave reviews (and multiple invite-backs) performing at Joe’s Pub. This spring she turned the honky tonks on their heads in Austin, Texas. And now she’s making her biggest leap yet—across the proverbial pond and then some to sing in Lublin, Poland’s experimental arts festival “Confrontations” in October.
Graham Cracker's alter ego Dito Van Reigersberg has performed in Poland before, with his local theater group Pig Iron (in fact, the troupe will be performing Zero Cost House during the "Confrontations" festival), but he's never brought his drag bag. How does he feel about making his Eastern European Graham Cracker debut? He sent a statement from P-Town, where he's vacationing:
"I hear that Poland, traditionally a pretty Catholic culture, is experiencing something like its own sexual revolution right now. I'm excited to perform as Martha in a setting like that, since Martha likes to be on the side of all things sexual and emancipated. Plus Polish men are easy on the eyes."
Easy on the eyes, yes. But that language?! Will her performance translate in a country where her name translates to "Мартха Гранат Cracker?" (Thank you, Google Translate.)
"I'm a little nervous that high-speed patter in English may get lost on a Polish crowd, I think I'm going take it, as Tina Turner would say, 'nice....and easy.'"
Martha will be traveling with her band—many of the same guys you see with her each month at L'Etage: Ned Sonstein (drums), Andrew Nelson (bass), Victor Fiorillo (keyboard), and Center City Jazz Festival founder Ernest Stuart (trombone.)
Stop by to wish Miss Graham Cracker and her band farewell when they perform their 9th Anniversary Spectacular this weekend at Johnny Brenda's. More info here. (And check our A&E blog Ticket later today for a ticket giveaway.)