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Tonight at Largo at the Coronet: Harry Shearer performs 'Songs of the Bushmen'

January 19, 2009 | 12:46 pm

If you’re not in Washington, D.C., by now, we venture a guess that it’s too late to go out and witness the inauguration firsthand. But should you want to revel, or seethe, in memories of our outgoing administration with a bit of comedic song and dance, your favorite voice chameleon, Harry Shearer, has got the show. The “This Is Spinal Tap” bassist and “Simpsons” go-to guy promises that, at least on one very important level, his Largo at the Coronet showcase will be less stressful: “We have the advantage, if only in terms of washroom facilities. Everybody that I know who’s going out to D.C. is worried there’s not going to be enough Port-a-Pottys -- they might have to buy some Depends.”

Armed with a crack band including CJ Vanston, Lee Sklar, Bruce Gaitsch and Rob Giles, Shearer will perform the larger part of his Grammy-nominated album, “Songs of the Bushmen.” Count on tunes that will re-illuminate the “perfectly tragic story” of Colin Powell and “the bully” in Dick Cheney, who channels his jazz cat side in "No Cooler for the Scooter" above. There might also be an extra song or two about Bush himself, in honor of his final day in the Oval Office.

Shearer, for one, never bought Cheney’s image "as just a folksy guy who likes to fish and hunt." In fact, he recorded a message from our vice president, warning Grammy voters of the dangers of voting for a "certain Harry Shearer," but despite faux-Cheney’s most menacing efforts, Shearer says he's not holding his breath for the best comedy album award. “I’m up against George Carlin, so I think the most effective thing I did is to spread the rumor that I'm dead too.”

For those whose impeachment fantasies have lasted until the very bitter end, Shearer hopes this offers catharsis. “It’s a musical impeachment. We are naming names and assigning responsibilities.”

-- Margaret Wappler

Harry Shearer and the High-Value Detainees tonight at Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. (310) 855-0350. www.largo-la.com. $25.

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