Ever wanted to hear a cover of one of your favorite songs by another artist just as famous? The Loserâ€™s Lounge is a New York nightlife institution that pays homage to great pop music. Since their debut in 1993 (a tribute to Burt Bacharach), the tribute band has covered over 50 beloved bands and artists. ABBA. Carole King. Dolly Parton. The Bee Gees. George Harrison. Michael Jackson. Rod Stewart. The Smiths. Prince. The Mamas and Papas. David Bowie. Neil Diamond. The list goes on and on.
The group visited MASS MoCA in 2003 with the original Off-Broadway rock opera People Are Wrong! and again in 2004 with a sold-out concert with music from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weberâ€™s masterpiece Jesus Christ Superstar.
The Loserâ€™s Lounge returns Saturday, October 20 at 3 PM with a family-friendly tribute to the Muppets musical oeuvre. What inspired a tribute to the Muppets? As founder Joe McGinty told The Brooklyn Paper, â€śI think if youâ€™re in a certain age group, you definitely grew up loving them. I consider myself a fan, the original movie is still a classic.â€ť
A talented, star-studded cast has made The Loserâ€™s Lounge a tribute band that is famous in its own right. The show is like karaoke nightâ€¦but the singers are actually good. Letâ€™s meet a few of the members.
Performed with: The Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams, The Ramones, Nada Surf, Martha Wainwright, Die Monster Die, Devendra Banhart, Ronnie Spector.
Other projects: Musical director for a variety of New York theaters, including the Vineyard Theatre and the New York Theatre Workshop.
Fun fact: Founded The Loserâ€™s Lounge in 1993 and currently serves as Musical Director.
ROBIN â€śGoldieâ€ť GOLDWASSER
Instrument: Vocals, ukulele, cello, drums.
Performed with: They Might Be Giants, Mono Puff, The Last Car.
Other projects: Co-wrote rock musical People Are Wrong!.
Fun fact: Robin is a talented knitter and crafter and is the founder of the Deeply Felt Puppet Theatre.
CONNIE LYNN PETRUK
Performed with: David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Perry Farrell, Moby, Joan Jett, Ian Hunter, Ronnie Spector, Sarah Brightman.
Other projects: Lead singer for her own band The Tall Pines (NPRâ€™s Top Ten Best CDs of 2007).
Fun fact: Her voice has been featured on many TV shows including â€śThe Daily Show,â€ť â€śNo Reservations with Anthony Bourdain,â€ť and â€śBored To Death.â€ť
The Loserâ€™s Lounge will perform a Muppet Music Extravaganza in the Hunter Center on Saturday, October 20 at 3 PM. Buy tickets online here.