In 2000, Aimee Mann and her hubby Michael Penn co-headlined an unlikely but gripping program at the old Joint, the two sharing the stage, performing each other’s songs and having comedian Andy Kindler do bits in lieu of awkward stage small talk. It was called Acoustic Vaudeville, and it seemed like a singer-songwriter display turned into a variety show.
Perhaps that’s why Mann has signed on as a participant of Laugh Tracks: The Follower Range Program, to be held April 14 at Fremont Nation Club during The Follower Festival. It’ll be the Oscar candidate and current Grammy winner’s very first regional performance since a 2003 Paris Theater gig, and she’ll sign up with hosts Jean Grae and John Hodgman, comic Aparna Nancherla and writers Nick Hornby, Meg Wolitzer, Ayelet Waldman, Wajahat Ali and Lawrence Weschler.
Tickets are still readily available for $5-$15 here. Earnings will go to Black Mountain Institute’s City of Asylum program, which offers sanctuary for authors threatened or silenced in their home nations.
The Follower Range Program is one of 4 occasions taking place in several venues throughout the April 13-14 celebration, a sequel to in 2015’s well-attended debut. Participants will include Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, novelist and BMI Shearing Fellow Tayari Jones, writer Mohsin Hamid, literary icon Dave Eggers, author and UNLV professor José Orduna, graphic novelist Thi Bui, poet Jericho Brown and more.
For more information, check out festival.blackmountaininstitute.org.