09.22.2016 | posted 1 year, 8 months ago
A New York Original - David Johansen At The Django
Two defining principles of the Roxy Hotel are its commitment to music and its historical connection to Downtown New York. So it is both befitting and honorable that the legendary David Johansen will grace the stage at the Django this week as part of his residency at the hotel. On Friday and Saturday David will also perform, while these evenings he assumes the guise of his coiffured alter-ego, Buster Poindexter.
One of the most significant figures in modern music history, David Johansen is best known as founding member of the seminal rock band the New York Dolls. The Dolls spawned from the 1970’s glam rock era but had a sound entirely their own. Rather than the genre’s defining motifs of charging toms, hand claps, and slap delay – they performed pared-down anthems of grit, rebellion and gender fluidity. Their vision made them one of the major cultural forces behind punk, post punk, powerpop, grunge, and everything beyond and between.
Johansen alongside his fellow Dolls, including the late and notable Johnny Thunders, cultivated a formidable character aesthetic with their ostentatious wardrobes and attitudes. They merged a warped vision of high society glamor through a lens of the tough language of the Greenwich Village music scene.
Through the 1980’s, Johansen assumed the persona of Buster Poindexter, keeping his humorous rock & roll edge but combining it with jazz, calypso, and world music. He enjoyed a major success with his rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” which he later would term the bane of his existence. Even with mainstream popularity and significant recognition as an actor, David Johansen held fast to his inventive integrity as a voice of the New York underground.
In his live shows, Johansen delivers an intimate and potent performance of soulful blues and heartfelt ballads. He occasionally includes classics of the New York Dolls’ catalogue with renditions of “Pills” and “Looking for a Kiss.”
As an artist, David Johansen has undergone many transformations, evolving within shifting musical platforms the rise and fall of scenes. His performances run deep with New York nostalgia, infused with spontaneity and wit. We await with eager anticipation what sort of spectacle Buster Poindexter will bring to our stages.
For more information on David’s performances at The Django tonight and over the weekend, please visit www.TheDjangoNYC.com. Reservations are encouraged. Please note for David’s performances on Friday and Saturday standard cover charge will be collected upon entry & applies to all guests (seated and standing). Those entering prior to 9:30pm whom choose to stay for the main act will have cover charge applied automatically to their check.