North Adams, MA- New York City’s favorite all-star tribute ensemble, The Loser’s Lounge, returns to MASS MoCA with a full-blown salute to the Muppet music oeuvre. Variety praises The Loser’s Lounge as “one group that brings vibrant life to the catalogues of many beloved musical acts.” At MASS MoCA, they will get their collective Kermit on with music from The Muppet Show’s many films, albums, and television episodes, in a family-friendly matinee at MASS MoCA on Saturday, October 20, at 3 PM.
From the silly to the sacred, Muppet music has impacted generations young and old. Rolling Stone’s Elizabeth Stevens calls herself an unauthorized Muppet historian, and in that role has spent some time analyzing the creative processes of the classic Muppet songwriters. From peering at the brains behind classics like “Bein’ Green,” “Rainbow Connection,” “Couldn’t We Ride,” “Saying Goodbye,” and that infectious Fraggle Rock theme, among others, she’s identified five Predictors of Muppetationality which she says are: “creative freedom, radical collaboration, ability to get into a Muppet’s head, full understanding of Kermit’s complexity and resolve to not talk down to kids.”
Not surprisingly, Muppets creator Jim Henson is credited by Paul Williams, songwriter for Emmet Otter, The Muppet Movie, and A Muppet Christmas Carol, with his inspirational leadership. “Jim Henson gave you more freedom than anybody I’ve ever worked with in my life. I said, ‘You want to hear the songs as we’re writing them?’ He said, ‘No. I’ll hear them in the studio. I know I’m gonna love them.’ You just don’t get that kind of freedom on a project these days.”