Songwriter/performer Shaina Taub sets up camp this year at Joe's Pub with a monthly concert residency. Tonight she and her band will debut a new song inspired by Emma Lazarus and the recent protests, and an arrangement of Taub's favorite Leonard Cohen song. You can also expect selections of Taub's songs from "Old Hats" (the Bill Irwin/David Shiner musical), "Twelfth Night" (the Public Works at the Delacorte's musical to Shakespeare's play) and Taub's album "Visitors," as well as special guest Nikki James (Tony winner for "Book of Mormon," Viola in "Twelfth Night" with Public Works at the Delacorte).
About the new Emma Lazarus song, Shaina writes on her website, it's "a new song inspired by 'The New Colossus,' the sonnet by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus that's inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. I've been seeing her lines 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free' a lot lately, scrawled on protest signs at rallies in support of immigrants and refugees, and they are more haunting and vital than ever. This song is my humble take on her words."
Taub posted the image of the protest sign seen above on Twitter. She wrote it was the inspiration for her new song.
"All this to say," writes Shaina, "I'm greasing up my accordion and getting giddy with excitement to play for you again."
"The singer and songwriter Shaina Taub belongs to a breed of performers who, apart from being artists, are gravitation forces around whom others cluster like filings to a magnet." — The New York Times