The Southern Theater presents the Minnesota debut of Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
Justin Bond of Kiki & Herb fame presents material from the new solo album Dendrophile as part of The Natural Selection Tour
With Rob Moose of yMusic on backup instrumentation
May 6, 2011
"The greatest cabaret artist of (V's) generation" - The New Yorker
A beloved member of both the downtown New York music scene and the international queer avant garde, the singer, songwriter and performance artist Justin Bond - now named Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and "V" instead of he/she or him/her - appears at the Southern Theater in May with Rob Moose of yMusic in promotion of V's new release Dendrophile, V's first full-length album as a solo artist and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) featuring Sam Amidon, Beth Orton, Rob Moose, Dawn Landes and others. Dendrophile encapsulates the various - and constantly evolving - dimensions of Bond's career post-Kiki and Herb: music V has performed to continually sold-out audiences at New York's Joe's Pub.
Sex, gender and sexuality are foremost themes of the album-and important parts of Bond's preoccupation with nature. Bond is particularly interested in queer, specifically transgendered, identity, which V has embraced in V's transition to the mixed-gender Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. In American Wedding Bond sets to music poetry by the late queer writer-activist Essex Hemphill. The Golden Age of Hustlers was written by Bambi Lake, a transsexual woman Bond has known since V lived in San Francisco. Equipoise is largely about coming of age as a transgendered person in a small town. Salome from Bond's recent performance piece Re:Galli Blonde is a celebration of what V calls "the sacred feminine."
Performance: May 6, 2011
Friday at 8pm
Tickets: $18, $12 student rush
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