Lea DeLaria at Feinstein’s at the Nikko

| July 28, 2014

Lea DeLaria

Feinstein’s at the Nikko, San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2014

Reviewed by Steve Murray for Cabaret Scenes

lea-delaria-500Lea DeLaria bounds to the stage with absolute confidence and bravado, launching into Panamanian reggaeton stars Mach and Daddy’s (Pedro “Mach” Machore and Martin ”Daddy” Machore)’s “Welcome to My Party” and it’s on. DeLaria, who started out in San Francisco’s comedy scene, peppers her set with raucous, in-your-face “dyke” humor—bantering with tipsy hecklers—all the while maintaining complete control.

Announcing that she was an E-sharp belter, that’s exactly what DeLaria does in a jazzy swing style that merges Anita O’Day and Frances Faye with a touch of Ethel Merman. There’s a nice scat on Rodgers & Hart’s “Ev’rything I’ve Got Belongs to You,” and the band surely swings. Interpreting “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”(Show Boat) and “The Way You Look Tonight” as hip jazz doesn’t quite work, yet taking David Bowie’s 1975 slam on celebrity “Fame” (Bowie/Alomar/Lennon) with a great scat riff, was interesting. DeLaria plans to record a CD of Bowie material and, if her take on his grand anthem “Life on Mars” is any indication, it should be exciting and stimulating.

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