Down To You is a concert version of John Kelly’s acclaimed tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell. This version is performed without the usual theatrical costumes, focused instead on songs from the various stages of Ms. Mitchell’s career, sung in Kelly’s signature 3 octave voice, and playing her unique guitar tunings and the dulcimer that she gave him upon first seeing his performance. Music Direction by Zecca Esquibel.
John Kelly is a performance and visual artist. Over the course of his four-decade-long career he has created over 30 group and solo performance works including ‘Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte’, ‘Find My Way Home’, and ‘Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell’.
Awards and Fellowships include 2 Bessie Awards, 2 Obie Awards, a USA Artists Award, and 2 NEA American Masterpieces Awards. Fellowships include The American Academy in Rome, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and The Sundance Theatre Institute.
Acting credits include the Broadway production of ‘James Joyce’s The Dead’ (Bartell D’Arcy), ‘Dog Days’ (Prince) an opera by David Little, directed by Robert Woodruff, and ‘The Clerk’s Tale’ (Spencer Reese) a film written and directed by James Franco.
He is currently working on a graphic novel ‘A Friend Gave Me A Book’, and recently released his first solo recording ‘Beauty Kills Me’ on the Strange Troubadours label.
“…there's really only one word for the way Kelly plays with a famous, complicated persona and with our own ideas of the person behind that mask. It's genius.” - Louise Kennedy, The Boston Globe
‘Magnificent.” - The New York Times