"In my experience, which has been so very painful, no other instrument gives such a clear voice to the Grief and Rage." --Mrs. Smith
Noted philanthropist, tone poet, and world's most unlikely guitar hero, Mrs. Smith comes to Joe's Pub for an encounter with unbridled musical exploration, fully bonkers comedic storytelling, and Lady of a Certain Age pathos. Freshly crowned as the winner of the "Shred for Your Life" contest at Webster Hall, Mrs Smith and her band The Rage will sonically delve into the traumatic life events that have made her the guitar virtuoso she is today. From her Little House on the Prairie-style childhood to her kidnapping at the hands of a Norwegian Death Metal band, Mrs Smith will leave no stone unturned and no note unplayed. With a setlist that zig-zags from pop to folk to prog-metal to Great American Songbook and includes the music of ABBA, AC/DC, Barbra Streisand, Iron Maiden, Kander & Ebb, Metallica, Prince, Stephen Sondheim and Queensrÿche.
Mrs. Smith's unique form of musical performance comedy has been featured on America's Got Talent, PBS Television, Off-Broadway, as well as American Repertory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater. She has also been seen at 54 Below, First Avenue, Webster Hall, Ars Nova, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Bell House, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Union Hall, and the legendary Bushwig Festival, among others. Mrs. Smith is the 2016 winner of the "Shred for Your Life" contest and was a featured performer at the Guitar Gods Festival in Miami opening up for guitar legends Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.
Her cabaret show, "Mrs. Smith's Broadway Cat-tacular!" wow'ed audiences last summer and was hailed by the New York Post as "Purrfect summer fare!" with Mrs. Smith's performance described as "Off its meds" by the Boston Globe, "Luminous" by Gay City News, and "oddly poignant" by the New York Times.
The Rage are Paul Amorese on drums, Matthew Dean Marsh on keyboards, Ricardo Rodriguez on bass, and Randy Willcox on guitar.