“It was 50 years ago today!” The Beatles released their eighth studio album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” on June 2nd, 1967 in the United States, and the Cosmic Joke Collective is marking the occasion with a tribute show at Lot 10.
Saturday evening’s show will feature a start-to-finish performance of the iconic Beatles album, and organizer Mickie Quinn says performers over the course of the evening will include Vee Da Bee, Dan Collins, Kevin Drew, Noah Drew, Ash Eastman, Rosie Fritzky-Randolph, Joe Gibson, Mandy Goldman, Jeff Goodmark, Mark Hennessey, Erik S. Johnson, Lloyd Katz, Sam Lupowitz, Joe Massa, Jai Meyerhoff, Jonathan Meyerhoff, Brian McPherson, Kevin Moss, Mac Myers, Gina Newlin, Harry Nichols, Eric Perreault, Chuck Raniewicz, Philip Robinson, Jimbo Scott, Kelly Serbonich, Isaac Sharp, Brian Sincerbeaux, Jay Skezas, Alec Staples, Lisa Trent, Angela Yantorno, and Dave Yantorno.
The collaborative live performance series, with monthly events upstairs at the downtown bar, is an Ithaca outcropping of a monthly artists’ salon formed in New York City in 1999. It’s been running at Lot 10 for nearly three years.
CJC evolved from a platform to present one-act plays to a community of artists presenting works-in-progress, side projects, and previews of larger shows. The series first gave sisters Mary-Noelle and Audrey Dana an outlet for their new one-act play, and they included solo performances by other actors and musicians in the line-up.
The basic outline of the CJC is that participating artists are given a time slot to curate their own performances, either solo or with their choice of accompanying artists. By tradition, artists and performers must attend a full performance of the Cosmic Joke Collective before they can appear at a subsequent event.
This weekend’s Sgt. Pepper’s tribute show starts at 7pm on Saturday, June 3rd, upstairs at Lot 10 on South Cayuga Street, with doors (and the upstairs bar) opening at 6:30pm. There’s a $5 cover charge.