Beatnik Cafe

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Musical Revue of the Jazz Beat Generation

May 9th, June 20th and July 18th 2010 at 7:30pm at the Richmond Shepard Theater 309 E 26th St NYC

June 25, 2010 at 8pm The Regent Theater 7 Medford St Arlington, MA (tickets at:

For more information contact: or 802-380-3483

Broadway World – “Beatnik Cafe is a high-energy musical revue.”

Rutland Herald, “Beatnik Café – Is one hip, high-caliber theatrical event.”

May 9th Show

BEATNIK a musical revue of the Jazz Beat Generation made its NYC premiere last April 11, 2010 at 7 pm. Take a trip back in time to visit the Beatnik scene of cool jazz music, Jack Kerouac, and poetry of the 40s to the 60s live at the Richmond Shepard Theater located at 309 E 26th Street at 2nd Avenue NY, NY. Tickets can be ordered above at the paypal button if any problems contactstar

Beatnik Café stars living legends of the Beat Generation: Sheila Jordan the jazz legend and friend of Charlie Parker, Lillie Bryant Howard jazz & blues singer with Swan Records, and Richmond Shepard appearing as Lord Buckley.

Beatnik Cafe is a high-energy musical revue which features the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Cannonball Adderley, and other prominent musicians from the mid l940’s through the early sixties. It is a journey through the Bebop to the Beatnik era; songs including Twisted, Yip Rock, and the scathing social commentary of Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddamn. If you liked Smokey Joe’s Café, you will love this!

Sheila Jordan ( tells stories of that era and sings her tribute to the Bird, and Lillie Bryant Howard of Swan Record fame is featured ( The revue is interwoven with stories and writings from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and the humor of Lord Buckley. Richmond Shepard (, who performed with Lord Buckley in the l950’s, will perform Jonah and the Whale. Chris Bakriges ( on piano is the musical director with Chris Sullivan on bass with his band ( Namaya ( as the Beat poet guides the audience through the cultural, history, politics, music and word of the beat times. Naomi Bennett is the director.

Annie Guyon of The Rutland Herald said: “The Beatnik Cafe is an artistic simpatico that’s tough to cultivate in a multimedia ensemble piece of such complexity.” Beatnik Café “Is one hip, high-caliber theatrical event.” This unconventional cabaret is part homage, part history lesson, part pop-culture happening, weaving renowned gems such as Brubeck’s “Take Five,” Monk’s “Round Midnight” into the socio-political fabric of Ginsburg’s “Howl, “Coney Island of the Mind” and more mainstream iconography such as James Dean and Dobie Gillis. Taking the audience from the Beat era’s big band beginnings in the 1940s through quirky 1950s TV hits and into smoky New York City clubs, Moroccan opium dens and the teeming North Beach poetry scene of the ’60s, Beatnik Café is an engaging timeline of the musical, literary, and trend-setting luminaries.”

The audience is invited to dress in their beatnik & hipster threads and finger pop themselves back in time. Go – daddy o’!