"With musical political satire poking fun at all sides of the issues, it’s the one new thing in Washington sure to earn bipartisan support"
The musical, political parody group Capitol Steps returns to Santa Fe for a performance at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The evening features the popular Washington D.C.-based ensemble performing songs from its latest album Desperate Housemembers.
According to a Capitol Steps press release, “If you’re tired of hearing about health care, bailouts, the environment, the budget, partisan politics, unfaithful politicians or the Tea Party; then you’ve come to the wrong place. With musical political satire poking fun at all sides of the issues, it’s the one new thing in Washington sure to earn bipartisan support.”
Among the program’s songs are: Hotel Arizona, You Can’t Hide This Biden Guy, Strangers on This Flight, Liberal Shop of Horrors, You Don’t Send Me Twitters, Don’t Go Fakin’ You’re Smart, I’m So Indicted!, Help Me Fake It to the Right, What Kind of Fuel Am I?, Obama Mia, Campaign & Suffering, Lirty Dies…and more!
Thirty years ago, Capitol Steps was created when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers. The members of the Steps, who were Capitol Hill staffers at the time, worked for 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. The Capitol Steps have recorded more than 30 albums, including their special holiday release, Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree.
Routinely performing to sell-out audiences nationwide, The Capitol Steps can be heard on many public radio stations, including Santa Fe’s own KSFR.
The Steps performance, which will benefit Santa Fe Community College’s GROW Foundation and Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR 101.1 FM, is a fourth-annual Kate Besser Memorial community event; paying tribute to the late Kate Besser, a lifelong learner who frequently engaged in classes, workshops and lectures at the Community College (SFCC). Her husband Bruce Besser is a member of the SFCC Governing Board. Tickets are $25, or $15 with SFCC ID (limit one discounted ticket per ID). Tickets are available at (505) 988-1234 or www.ticketssantafe.org.