March 25 at 7:30PM
Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s soul of New Orleans back to the woods of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan Alley era of NYC. Led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, the ensemble delivers their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French cafe.
The ensemble is known for its original songs which marry rich lyrical imagery with a cinematic sensibility, exploring themes of love, spirituality, sexuality, and identity. Beginning as a duo when singer-songwriter 3rian King and violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen performed in a New Year’s Eve concert in 2004, the duo quickly became a staple in Boston’s underground cabaret scene, blending music with elements of circus, dance, and other performing arts. As audiences grew, the group incorporated Dennis Monagle on drums, Renée Dupuis on voice, keys, and melodica, and Joe Cardoza on upright bass. The band can perform as an acoustic ensemble or a full theatrical experience with backup singers, Shana Cahill & Liz Bean (known as The Furies) and aerialist, Eileen Little.
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has performed to packed theatres, coffeehouses, and concert halls throughout Boston, NYC, and beyond. Their original song “Cold Rain” was covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD “Simply Grand,” with the track earning high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today & The Village Voice. The song is also featured on their most recent album “Little Bit Of Blue,” recorded with funds from a successful Kickstarter Campaign, resulting in sold-out CD release parties at Oberon and Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and Dixon Place in NYC. In April 2015 the band toured through the American South, performing to enthusiastic crowds in living rooms, theatres, and art spaces. Their song “The Ladies’ Tree” was recently turned into an animated short by acclaimed filmmaker and Harvard Professor, Ruth Lingford. The film has been selected for numerous international film festivals including 2014 Anima Mundi, Brazil. For the last two years What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? has been featured in the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown MA, a performing arts non-profit founded by Quinn Cox and Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell.
Click here to visit What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?’s website.
Time has come for Mr. Fox – Barry Thompson, Boston Herald
Here is a video compilation of What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performing 3rian King’s song A Little Bit of Blue at the 2015 Rockport New Year’s Eve celebration.