Taylor Mac is back this holiday season with a full serving of virtual vaudeville. Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, Taylor Mac’s HOLIDAY SAUCE… PANDEMIC! will make its live SF premiere on December 12 at 7pm, followed by a strictly limited virtual engagement through January 2.
After the smash-success of Taylor Mac’s 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC and HOLIDAY SAUCE, this latest installment of the artist’s 24-DECADE project is Mac's fourth collaboration with the Curran.
HOLIDAY SAUCE ... PANDEMIC! blends music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
Christmas as calamity—2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac teams up with long-time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and producers Pomegranate Arts. In Taylor’s world, creativity and imagination are their own spirituality. This holiday season will be bittersweet for so many— Taylor Mac reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that will be of particular resonance this year when so many have lost so much.
100% of Curran's proceeds from ticket purchases will be donated to OPENHOUSE, whose mission is to help enable San Francisco LGBTQ+ seniors and older adults to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services, and community building programs.
"A present from the land of misfit toys."
Taylor Mac has released the Holiday Sauce album
Pick it up on BANDCAMP. A portion of the proceeds from Holiday Sauce will go to LGBT Asylum Task Force.
HOLIDAY SAUCE ... PANDEMIC! comes on the heels of — and celebrates — the release of Mac’s Holiday Sauce album, another opportunity for home-bound audiences to experience Mac’s singular artistry and approach to the holidays. The Holiday Sauce album celebrates the time of year we hate with unique renditions of songs we love. In addition to traditionals including “God Rest Ye Gentlemen,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Silent Night,” the recording features an original entitled “Christmas with Grandma” and covers such as Graham Nash’s “Cathedral”; the Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties”; and Frank Ocean’s “Super Rich Kids.” Holiday Sauce is produced and arranged by 24-Decade music director Matt Ray and features Mac on lead vocals and ukulele and a band including Matt Ray on piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, glockenspiel, bells, and background vocals; Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks on drums; Steffanie Christi'an on vocals; Thornetta Davis on vocals; Viva DeConcini on guitar; Antoine Drye on trumpet; Greg Glassman on trumpet; J. Walter Hawkes on trombone; Marika Hughes on cello, Dana Lyn on violin; and Gary Wang on bass. Holiday Sauce is mixed by Grammy-winner Fernando Lodeiro (Esperanza Spalding, Vampire Weekend, Lady Gaga) and mastered by Grammy-winner Emily Lazar (Beck, Lou Reed, David Bowie). It is released by Favorite Fruit, a new company established by Pomegranate Arts.
Conceived as a virtual vaudeville, HOLIDAY SAUCE ... PANDEMIC! blends music, film, burlesque, and random acts of fabulousness. To create it, Mac has joined forces with longtime creative producer Pomegranate Arts (Linda Brumbach, Founder and Director; Alisa E. Regas, Managing Director, Creative), director Jeremy Lydic, designers Machine Dazzle and Anastasia Durasova, and cinematographer Rob Kolodny. It features a full band led music director/arranger Matt Ray and including Colin Brooks, Viva DeConcini, Antoine Drye, Greg Glassman, J. Walter Hawkes, Marika Hughes, Dana Lyn, and Gary Wang; special guests Thornetta Davis, Stephanie Christi’an, and Tigger! Ferguson; and performers who make cameo appearances: Dusty Childers, Sister Rosemary Chicken, sidhe degreene, Romeo-Jay Jacinto, Glenn Marla, Travis Santell Rowland (Qween), and Timothy White Eagle.
Trigger Alert! Holiday Sauce contains adult content, intended for mature audiences.