Recommended Cabaret: STRINGS ON FIRE (Marissa Licata & The Ragtag Collection at Chelsea Table + Stage)

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by Gregory Bernard on March 1, 2023

in Concerts / Events,Theater-New York


The New York venue Chelsea Table + Stage will light with eclectic sounds from around the world when violinist MARISSA LICATA returns with her show Strings on Fire for The Ragtag Collection’s debut this Sunday, March 5 at 7pm. Highlighting the versatility of the violin, The Ragtag Collection performs an evening that melts styles and universally familiar melodies from classical, folk, Latin, and jazz, through the Americas, Middle East, and Eastern European music traditions. New York-based, Honduran-American Licata will be joined by an all-star lineup featuring Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy) on guitar, Dan Oestreicher (Trombone Shorty) on saxophone, Joey Peebles (Trombone Shorty) on drums, and Nori Naraoka  (Jon Batiste) on bass. Tickets are $20-$50, in addition to a service charge and a two-item food and beverage minimum. Chelsea Table + Stage is located at 152 West 26th Street. Tickets are available HERE.

This is Licata’s return to New York after headlining three sold-out shows at Birdland, the legendary New York venue, in the last few years.  She will celebrating her debut single “Cat’s Cradle, a waltz conceived and co-written by Joey Peebles and Licata, (available on all digital and streaming platforms on Friday, March 3). The track, a first glimpse into the Ragtag sound, features Licata on violin, Lanzetti on guitar, and Peebles on bass and drums.

“It’s funny to think of this ‘Ragtag Collection’ show debut as a new idea,” says Licata. “Although we all had to shift our process drastically, during Covid lockdown and then through multiple surges, this band has been something we wanted to bring to life for many months. And in my own mind, this band and our folkloric fusion has been a success for years — even before I met some of these guys. That probably seems strange to hear, but the concept was waiting for us find each other at the right moment, and let it out.”

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