Cat Power Kicks Off Tour With 2017’s Vulture Festival

In just under two weeks time, the annual Vulture Festival will take over New York city for the same amount of days.

May 20-21 will see dozens of incredible artists from all corners of the stratosphere — musicians, comedians, actors, artists, directors; from Roxane Gay to Waxahatchee to 2 Dope Queens’ Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson — bringing the entertainment and culture website to life in one unforgettable weekend.

One of those artists will be chanteuse Cat Power, when she hits the stage in the East Village’s infamous Webster Hall on May 20.

It’s been several years since Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) released her last record, “Sun”, in 2012. Sun was an album that separated the Cat Power of 2012 with the Cat Power of all of the eras that came previously in a way none of her other records had. There was a stark contrast between the lulling tones of “The Greatest” and the more percussive “Sun” in which she used as many instruments that melded in every capacity she knew how to create not only a new record but a visionary state of mind.

That state of mind was one Chan knew well and never shied away from revealing a single second of her battles with alcoholism, or the brief stint she’d had in a mental hospital after the — in her own words — psychotic break that came around the time she was going to tour “The Greatest”. She’s spoken of both candidly and openly, something we all ought to do more often.

After a lengthy decade-long battle with alcohol, drugs, and love, the fuse on the emotional timebomb was lit, and she’d

FRANKIE COSMOS (PHOTO BY AMANDA HATFIELD)
FRANKIE COSMOS (PHOTO BY AMANDA HATFIELD)

lobbed off her hair to prove it. Out of its humanistic debris came “Sun”. Its tracks “Human Being” (you’ve got a right to scream/when the dark one’s here to stay), “Real Life” (real life is ordinary/sometimes you don’t want to live), and “Manhattan” (all the friends that we used to know/ain’t coming back) said what she had to say, and said it well. We wanted more.

One has to cross their fingers and hope that Chan has more up her sleeve in the near future where music is concerned, but until she does, I can safely say we are more than happy to see shows of hers popping up across the board. (Chan was hospitalized in 2012 with a then-unknown autoimmune disease, resulting in her having to cancel her European tour.)

For May 20’s Webster Hall show, Cat will be accompanied by New York indie musician Greta Kline (better known as her stage name, Frankie Cosmos). Kline’s music has undoubtedly been inspired, in ways, by Marshall’s body of work.

And it is going to be one hell of a damn show.

Tickets are selling fast but there are still some available. You can find them here.

UPCOMING CAT POWER TOUR DATES

20 May 2017 @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
01 June 2017 @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
08 – 11 June 2017 @ Eden Festival, Dumfries, UK
24 June 2017 @ Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (w/ Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
25 June 2017 @ The Fillmore, San Fransisco, CA
29 June 2017 @ Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (w/Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
30 June 2017 @ The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
01 July 2017 @ The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA

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MORE ABOUT VULTURE FESTIVAL

You can find out more about the Vulture Festival from their website, vulturefestival.com including set times, events, FAQs, and more. Vulture are also organizing their very first LA-based festival scheduled for later this year. We’ll have more information on that for you as soon as it’s announced!

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Em is a musician, freelance music writer, and queer lifestyle blogger from the north east of England. If she were a place in Game of Thrones, she'd be a place in Game of Thrones that's in the north because she doesn't watch it, and therefore has no idea. The only things she loves in the world almost as much as music are: her dog, the unfortunately controversial white chocolate, and aliens. Her dream is to one day live in Montmartre, play her guitar, and wander around cemeteries. As was also recently discovered on a night out in Dalston, she responds well to "I love your vibe. It's very Debbie Harry/Courtney Love."
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