Friday, October 9, 2009

Vincent D'Onofrio presents The George Gerkie Cowboy Experience

...featuring Laura Cantrell, Joe Vinciguerra & special guest Sam Bisbee

On October 27 at Joe’s Pub in the East Village, Vincent D’Onofrio hosts the spoofish "George Gerkie Cowboy Experience."

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St
October 27 |7:00 PM | Price: $15

Show Description
Stars are not made. They are born. The star that is George Geronimo Gerkie was born on Christmas Day, 1957. From his first single "If I Could Do It All Again" to his first #1 smash hit "Kaleidoscopic Hero" to his groundbreaking work with the Agnes Scott College marching band, there has not been a star in the music universe that has burned brighter. Famed music critic Serge Lubbock once said that "George Gerkie doesn't so much sing to you, he opens his gossamer wings and takes you on a ride." And what a ride it's been. Often called the "great white whale" of country music, Triple G has recorded over 130 hits on the country music charts. But his popularity transcends genre. George Gerkie has recorded over 55 hit duets with music acts as diverse as ABBA, Ace Freeley, Africa Bambaatta, Al Jarreu, Alex Chilton and Astrud Gilberto…and that's just the A's!

Like all stratospheric stars, everything that George Gerkie touches seems to turn to gold. He made his Broadway debut in "Man From La Mancha" in 1984, playing the quixotic hero with, according to Pauline Kael "the aplomb of Olivier, the lungs of Caruso and the lips of Don Juan." George's most decorated film role was the lead in Roman Polanski's trenchant "Piccolo Abner," for which he was awarded the Guldbagge Award in Sweden and the Nippon Akademi-sho in Japan. But he is most famous for a role he turned down; police chief Martin Brody in "Jaws" (eventually played by Roy Scheider) because, according to a Rolling Stone interview, "I like sharks." The "George Gerkie Does the World" tour in 1985 sold over 60,000,000 tickets in forty countries on 365 consecutive nights and remains the single best-selling live tour of all time. In 1986 George Gerkie capitalized on his fame by launching "Gerkie Jerkie" and later "Gerkie Gherkins" which remain the only beef jerky and pickled gherkins respectively served on Air Force One. His popularity was so immense in 1987 that he won a term as governor of Mississippi on a write-in ballot. Eight days into his term, the State Board of Regents overturned the election on a technicality.

Throughout his long career, George Gerkie has made headlines as much for his record breaking music as his tempestuous personal life. From 1982 to 1990 alone he was married eight times and was named People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelor eight years running. Mickey Rourke cited Gerkie's four day marriage to Billy Jean King as the inspiration for his role in the movie "9 1/2 Weeks." In 1986 his international drivers license was revoked during the "Herkie Gerkie" tour after he was arrested for driving through the 18 mile Zhohgnanshan tunnel in China on the outside of a car. While serving a two month prison term at the Heilongjiang Work Camp, he recorded six consecutive number one hits on Chinese National Radio, a record that stands until this day. Cameron Crowe has referred to Gerkie's hit "The Girl From Jilin City," a collaboration with Paul Simon, as one of the seminal love songs of the modern era. After a 1990 fall from a step stool, George became addicted to pain killers, a struggle that has been well documented, most notably in his unauthorized autobiography "Finger Lickin."

So whether you've come for the music or just to wrap yourself in George Gerkie's warm blanket, sit back and enjoy the ride. In the immortal words of the man himself; "I'm just an entertainer and life is just a show. G for George, G for Gerkie. Why ask why when you can just say gee."

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Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions", followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smashMen in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar "The Bug").

More info at Joe's Pub

Thanks Linda!

**Vinciguerra and Bisbee previously worked with Vincent D'Onofrio on the slasher musical "Don't Go in the Woods".


janethyland said...

Oh my god,this is hilarious!
Is VDO going to be a cowboy?

Well Im there in spirit with them anyway, even if i cant make it in body.

val said...

If only I lived in NYC.

Brie said...

OMG..just bought my tix..I don't know who the hell George Gerkie is..but anything to see Vince live I'm game!! Anyone else going?

Billy said...

oh my. Do you suppose Vincent is 'george gelkie'. haha. I'm there. This could be brilliant. And if not - Sam Bisbee is a great artist.

Bunny said...

I'll be there, Brie!

Brie said...

Sad for these artists that people are going for Vincent only, I mean I am, I've never heard of George Gerkie..however I have heard of Sam..but I guess they figured that's how they can draw people in..either should be interesting..I'm going with my very nice husband who induldges my Vincent obsession...

rebecca said...

my understanding is that george doesn't exist (confirmed) and is in fact, VDO (unconfirmed but very possible).

Brie said...

I can't find anything on George Gerkie, can anyone else? If so, can you please post. Thanks.

Magpyi said...

so do we think this is a character vincent's written/conceived?

is he going to sing?

what's the costume going to be? (hee ha)

I have stuff to do - i can't spend too much time wondering about this...

linda said...

I don't live in New York. Is this show going on the road?

Magpyi said...

George was born on Christmas day - that makes him a messiah.

Bunny said...

Brie, Magpyi, If you recall, Vincent has mentioned that he was working on something that was sort of "autobiographical", and he plays the Bass Guitar.
I've been to the Public Theater before, I think you guys will have a good time.

guiding light81 said...

All of you who are going to have the chance to see him:Take pictures and send them to me!!!!!!!!I envy you all...*grrrr* *smile*

val said...

Yes, please, lots of photos, we need more pix of Vincent!

Lizzie said...

As I read this, it clearly says Vincent is 'HOSTING' the evening, it does NOT say he's doing anything else, like appearing or starring in the production, which is probably where the other people mentioned come in. Would be nice if they could update Vincent's resume too - apparently he hasn't done anything since 1997 ;)


Brie said...

Lizzie, where's your profile pic from???

Lizzie said...

My profile picture? Vincent at the premiere of 'The Break Up'. Even tho' it's a back view, it's just so unmistakably HIM ;)


rebecca said...

to update this a little, sam bisbee just posted the event on facebook. looking at the picture...definitely seems that vincent is in costume there....Knowing that gelkie is not a real person...I'm absolutely convinced now that he is george gelkie. And I cant wait!

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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