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Review: What makes Nellie McKay special on the Dakota menu

January 23rd, 2013

By Jon Bream, Star Tribune

A few thoughts after seeing Nellie McKay, the New York cabaret star, once again at the Dakota Jazz Club on Monday. Her two-night stand closes on Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. performance.

• She and Bettye LaVette are the only Dakota out-of-town regulars whom I see during every one of their engagements.

• She’s witty, silly, goofy, corny and hilarious. She uses humor to disarm the audience when things get too heavy, too serious, too political.

• She always manages to get political. Not just with feminism and social issues but attacking both Bachmann and Obama – with humor, of course.

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